Technical Society program for September 2017

Please Note:

The Technical Society meeting in September will be held on the THIRD Monday in September.

Dr.MOHAMMED MOHSIN of the Department of Economics- The University of Tennessee- will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on September 18, 2017.

He is interested in talking about the economic implications of near zero interest rates.

The United States is currently considering drastic monetary and financial changes and this is an opportunity to interact with an expert.

Future programs:

October 16: T.J. Blasing, ORNL: On the physics of Global Warming.

November 13: Wolf Naegeli, President, TSK: Experiences with Electrical Car.

December 11:  Chad Boetger, BarberMcMurry Architects: topic to be announced.

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Technical Society program for August 2017

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m  on Monday, August 14, 2017. Dr. Joshua S. Fu will speak on  long range transport of air pollution- which is a serious concern for the area between the Smoky  and Cumberland mountains.

Joshua S. Fu is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Inaugural Professor of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education Energy Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program, Faculty Affiliate at the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and Director of the International Center for Air Pollution and Energy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Joint Faculty Appointment in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The focus of Fu’s research work includes climatic changes, air pollution modeling, air quality impact assessments, the impacts of extreme events on health, the impacts of transportation planning and energy usages on air quality, land use (satellite applications) and emissions, diesel track emission effects, and energy optimization planning


September 18:  Prof. Mohammed Moshin, UT: Zero Interest economy.

October 16: T.J. Blasing, ORNL: On the physics of Global Warming.

November 13: Wolf Naegeli, President, TSK: Experiences with Electrical Car.

December 11:Chad Boetger

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July 2017 Technical Society Program

Weston Fulton changed the world

The Technical Society of Knoxville program will have a presentation by Dewaine Speaks entitled “Weston Fulton changed the world” on Monday, July 10. Dewaine Speaks is a former salesman of the Fulton Company and the author of the book, “Weston Fulton Changed the World“.

Among many other things Weston Fulton was one of the founding members of the Technical Society of Knoxville and – even though Fulton High School is named for him- he is probably vastly underappreciated and unknown in Knoxville where he spent most of his professional career. His company, after many changes, endures as Fulton Bellows in Knoxville.

He was an outstanding person who was in our midst- a rare genius who literally changed the world- and this is an opportunity to learn about Weston Fulton from the author of a Fulton biography.

Future Technical Society programs

August 14: Prof. Joshua S. Fu: Hemispherical Transport of Air Pollution.

September 18:  Prof. Mohammed Moshin, UT: Zero Interest economy.


October 16: T.J. Blasing, ORNL: On the physics of Global Warming.

November 13: Wolf Naegeli, President, TSK: Experiences with Electrical Car.

December 11: TBA

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June 2017 Technical Society Program

Dr. James Beavers will be the Technical Society speaker on June 12, 2017. The title of his presentation will be “Seismicity and Seismic Design in Tennessee”. Seismic activity is more common in east Tennessee than most of us realize and anyone interested in our safety and building ( public and private) integrity is invited to attend.

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May 2017 Technical Society Program

Dr. Matthew N. Murray will be the Technical Society speaker on May 8, 2017. The title of his presentation will be “Free Trade or Protectionism?” This will be a discussion/lecture on a very relevant topic that is developed for non-economists and intended to be  broadly accessible.  Dr. Murray is Professor of Economics at  the University of Tennessee. He is Associate Director of the Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research and Director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Dr. Murray’s work in the Boyd Center includes maintenance of the state econometric forecasting model that supports the annual Economic Report to the Governor and the quarterly Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook.  He has worked closely with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues including economic development incentives, economic/fiscal impact analysis, tax policy analysis, education finance reform, and transportation infrastructure finance.

Future Technical Society programs:

June 12: Dr. James E. Beavers, consultant: Seismicity and seismic design assessment in Tennessee.

July:10: TBA

August 14: Prof. Joshua Fu, UT: Hemispherical transport of air pollution.

September 18 ( Note: this is not the second Monday):TBA

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March 2017 Technical Society Program

The speaker for the Technical Society meeting on March 13, 2017 will be Dr. John W. Prados. The title of his presentation will be “Educating Engineers for a Global Profession: Can We Make Them Outsource-Resistant?” (PDH)

Dr. Prados has taught engineers since 1953 and he has been involved in every aspect of education since then. Anyone interested in technology education should take this opportunity to learn about this area that is critical to our country’s future success.

The list of a some of his areas of service is awesome: Chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission, Secretary, and President of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (now ABET, Inc.); Treasurer and Director of AIChE; President and Treasurer of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; and member of the Commission on Colleges and Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. From 1995 to 2001 he edited the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)Journal of Engineering Education.

Dr. Prados has worked at the University of Tennessee as a chemical engineering faculty member,  Vice President for Academic Affairs of the statewide University of Tennessee System and Chemical Engineering  Department Head. He worked at ORNL and he was Senior Education Associate in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation.

And he did it all in only 60 years. He has also been a long time member of the Technical Society


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February 2017 Technical Society Program

Fangxing “Fran” Li, Ph.D., P.E., James W. McConnell Professor,The University of Tennessee will be the speaker at the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on February 13, 2017. He will talk about demand response for modernized grid control. Our electrical power distribution system is so important that everyone needs to understand as much as they can about it. ( If you are reading this you are included in “everyone”).

The title will be: “Demand response for modernized grid control”. He plans these three parts:
1) General introduction of electric power systems with emerging technologies under the smart grid paradigm such as renewable energy.
2) General discussion of demand response, an emerging technology in smart grid control.
3) His most recent research results in demand control for power grid frequency regulation.
He will have 1) and 2) for the benefit of non-EE or non-power folks , since he will also include some high-level big-picture discussions.

Dr. Li is presently the James W. McConnell Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at The University of Tennessee. He also serves as the UT Campus Director for CURENT, an NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His current research interests include renewable energy integration, demand response, distributed energy resources, energy markets, reactive power, power system computing and synchrophasor-based technologies.

Professor Li had worked at ABB Electrical System Consulting (ESC), a.k.a. ABB Consulting, in Raleigh, NC, from February 2001 to August 2005 as a Senior Engineer and then a Principal Engineer before joining UT. During his employment at ABB, he has been significantly involved first in power distribution systems and then in power market analysis, particularly in GridView related R&D and consulting service for power generation and transmission companies. He had also worked as a part-time engineer at Electrical Distribution Design (EDD) Inc., Blacksburg, VA from 1998 to 2000 and an engineer intern at NARI (China) in 1997. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of North Carolina.

Professor Li is a Fellow of IEEE (Class of 2017) and a Fellow of IET (formerly IET, elected in 2011). Also, he is serving or has served as an Editor or Editorial Board Member for a number of journals, such as: IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE PES Letters, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Journal of Modern Power and Energy Systems, and CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems. He is presently serving as the Vice Chair for the IEEE PES PSOPE committee and in other positions within IEEE PES (Power and Energy Society).

Professor Li has received a number of honors, such as the 2006 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award at UT, UT EECS Faculty Early Career Fellowship Awards (2008, 2009 & 2010), 2009 UT College of Engineering Research Fellow Awards, 2011 UT Chancellor’s Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement, 2013 EECS Gonzalez Family Award for Faculty Excellence in Research, 2015 UT College of Engineering Professional Promise in Research Award, 2015 IEEE PES Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award, an Outstanding Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems in 2015. His research team has been honored with Best Conference Papers/Posters seven times at various conferences.

Dr. Li is a member of the NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center – CURENT.

Ph.D from Virginia Tech, 2001
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 1997
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 1994

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January 2017 Technical Society Program

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on January 23, 2017.

The featured speaker will be board certified family physician Jim Reynolds, MD, who will present a talk entitled “If There Were an Olympics of Health Care, Would the U.S.A. Medal?” Since the news is full of health care talk these days this will be an excellent opportunity to hear an opinion about the topic from a professional person.

Dr. Reynolds’ talk will include a frank assessment of our current healthcare system as well as what can be done to make it better. This event and other local meetings are actions initiated in response to the serious need for Americans to improve our healthcare system.

“Despite having the most expensive healthcare system, the United States ranked last among 11 industrialized countries in a 2014 Commonwealth Fund report. This report measured quality, efficiency, equity, access to care, and healthy lives. The other countries included in the study were France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. While there was room for improvement in every country, the United States stood out for having the highest costs and lowest performance. The United States spent $8508 per person per year versus the United Kingdom’s $3406 per person per year. The United Kingdom placed first overall,” said Dr. Reynolds.

Dr. Reynolds, Diplomate American Board of Family Medicine is a member of Physicians for a National Health Program, (PNHP) an advocacy organization of some 20,000 American physicians, medical students, and health professionals that supports a single-payer system of universal national health care.

The presentation will be followed by a short Technical Society annual meeting.

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December 2016 Technical Society Program

On December 12, 2016 Walter Wunderlich will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker. He has prepared a slide show with the theme “The national park system centennial 100-mile hiking challenge”. Walter will present his impressions during 15 hikes totaling about 150 miles, between January 1 and December 1, 2016, all in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park- and unfortunately not all good. (Surrounded by bears at midnight with no flashlight Walter?)

This year the National Park Service was celebrating its’ Centennial to honor the first 100 years of the National Park Service and launch into the next century. They encouraged hikers to set a goal of reaching 100 miles during this special year of celebration, between January 1-December 6, 2016. All those that completed their 100 miles by December 6th will receive a commemorative “Smokies Centennial Challenge – Hike 100” pin.

Walter Wunderlich is an 84 year old engineer, a water expert, originally from Germany, who retired from TVA and who hikes regularly in spite of recent serious illness. He is an inspiration to us all. Walter has served as a Technical Society of Knoxville officer for many years and he is always a source of wisdom- especially on the conversion to the metric system.

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November 2016 Technical Society Program

The current East Tennessee hot dry weather is a reminder that the USA must be a leader in reducing the carbon dioxide in the air and harnessing water power is a good way to reduce our need for burning fossil fuels.

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m on November 14, 2016 . The speaker will be Dr. Boualem Hadjerioua, Deputy Water Power Program Manager & Senior Research Engineer, Environmental Science Division , ORNL. The title of his presentation will be “Potential Hydropower Expansion in the U.S.” (PDH)
Dr. Hadjerioua has spoken on this and similar topics in many places and this is an opportunity to get some perspective on an important underused energy source.

His current responsibilities include Leading and conventional hydropower projects(sic) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the Department of Energy (DOE). Specific responsibilities focus on developing technologies, decision-support tools, and methods of analysis that enable holistic management of water-dependent energy infrastructure and natural resources, in support of DOE-EE, Federal Hydropower agencies, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), energy producers and other entities.
He has been educated in a variety of places: A.A.S., Contemporary Management Business Dept., Roane State Community College; Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.S., University of Arizona ; and B.S., National Polytechnic School of Algiers.
His listed current projects are
Task Force Leader: Technology and Performance Hydropower U.S. Department of Energy Vision Project
Represent the United States Department of Energy in the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Assess and evaluate New Small Hydro Technology and Innovative Research
Modular Pumped Storage Hydropower (m-PSH) Economic Viability Analysis.
Collaborating with Federal hydropower agencies and research teams on several projects
Collaborating with Academia and Federal Hydropower Agencies on R&D Water Quality Modeling project
Lead the United States expert team with South East Asia countries, supporting U S DOI, State Department and DOE Office of Asian Affairs

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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Meetings