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September 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Professor Ahmet Turhan, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Fundamentals and Characterization Techniques of Hydrogen Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

Location: Calhoun?s, Turkey Creek Shopping Center, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20.00
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - From menu
7:00 p.m. Program - Professor Ahmet Turhan, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Tennessee Knoxville - Fundamentals and Characterization Techniques of Hydrogen Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

Abstract - The hydrogen polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) is a promising and fast developing technology as an environment friendly alternative to internal combustion engines. In this presentation, the basic principles of PEFC will be described, together with the major challenges on the road to achieve full scale mass production. Diagnostic techniques, such as neutron imaging, for performance and water management characterization will be explained, and theoretical and experimental evaluation of the durability issues due to different interface morphologies will be addressed. Possible component design improvements in each area will be discussed based on the results.

Bio - Ahmet Turhan received his BS in mechanical engineering from the Middle East Technical University Mechanical Engineering Department in 2003, his MS in 2005 and his PhD. in 2009 at Penn State for study of multi-phase flow and design of fuel cells in the Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory (FCDDL) with Prof. Matthew M. Mench. As part of his graduate studies, he helped build the fuel cell neutron imaging lab at the Penn State Brezeale Nuclear Reactor and conducted research sponsored by automotive companies such as General Motors, Toyota, and Hyundai. His research areas include fuel cell component characterization, flow field design, and multi-phase flow in porous media. He has published 6 journal papers with over 100 citations to date, was awarded a General Motors Research Fellowship, and served as a Penn State Graduate Student Teaching Fellow. He contributed to FCDDL as a post-doctoral scholar between January-August 2010. He is currently continuing his research studies as a Research Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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October 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011

We will replay a recording of the September 14 Webinar by Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, Kenny Anderson, and Nathan Sanfilippo

Fukushima Daiichi - An Update on the Current Status, Lessons Learned, and Path Forward for the Global Nuclear Industry

Location: Calhoun?s, Turkey Creek Shopping Center, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - From menu
7:00 p.m. Program - We will replay a recording of the September 14 Webinar by Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, Kenny Anderson, and Nathan Sanfilippo - Fukushima Daiichi - An Update on the Current Status, Lessons Learned, and Path Forward for the Global Nuclear Industry

Abstract ? Fukushima Daiichi - An Update on the Current Status, Lessons Learned, and Path Forward for the Global Nuclear Industry. This Webinar was originally presented by Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, Kenny Anderson, and Nathan Sanfilippo on Wednesday, September 14 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET and will be replayed for the technical portion of the October 2011 meeting of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Local Section of AIChE.

On March 11, 2011, the magnitude 9.0 (Mw) Tohoku earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan. This earthquake was the most powerful known earthquake to have hit Japan. It was also one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world, and, combined with the ensuing tsunami, tragically resulted in more than 20,000 persons confirmed dead or missing. Learn about what happened, the current status at Fukushima Daiichi, and an overview of the follow-up Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report.

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November 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Richard Denney
Consultant
The Natural Gas Midstream Industry

Location: Calhoun?s, Turkey Creek Shopping Center, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet (Special menus available upon request)
7:00 p.m. Program - Richard Denney Consultant , - The Natural Gas Midstream Industry

Abstract - The presentation will define the Natural Gas Midstream Industry in the United States as it relates to the overall domestic hydrocarbon supply and demand and provide an understanding of the common terms used in the Natural Gas Midstream Industry. The factors that are the basis for the economics and generation of income by the Natural Gas Midstream Industry including the historical relationships between crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids prices and typical natural gas commercial contract terms will be reviewed and quantified. Examples of the role of Chemical Engineers, particularly as consultants, in the Oil and Gas Midstream Industry including asset valuation and risk mitigation will be presented.

Bio - Richard (Dick) Denney began his chemical engineering career in 1956 at the Martinez, CA Shell Chemical petrochemical plant. He gained experience in specialty petrochemical process engineering, economic evaluation, operations management, plant trouble shooting and start-up. Subsequent positions resulted in experience in general management, new project development, project management, feasibility studies, contract negotiations, energy marketing, and process development as related to natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil refining, nuclear fuel reprocessing, synthetic natural gas, coal gasification, LNG, ethanol and petrochemicals. Upon joining Barnes and Click in 1988 and by continuing consulting with energy companies as a Senior Project Manager with SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure LLC, Dick expanded his knowledge and expertise in the domestic and foreign energy industry and has become an internationally known consultant, recognized for outstanding proficiency both in hydrocarbon processing economics and energy project development strategy. Dick is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

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December 2011 - Bring Your Spouse Night
Thursday, December 8, 2011

David Moon
President of Moon Capital Management
Planning for Retirement at various stages in your life/career

Location: Calhoun?s, Turkey Creek Shopping Center, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet (Special menus available upon request)
7:00 p.m. Program - David Moon, President of Moon Capital Management, Planning for Retirement at various stages in your life/career

Abstract - Planning for Retirement at Various Stages in your Life/Career Devising a strategy for allocating your financial assets during your retirement years isn?t the most complex process you will undertake in your life, but it isn?t as simple as some people might think, especially given the current low level of interest rates. This process involves a delicate reconciliation of your goals, assets and fears. David Moon will discuss this balancing act that often requires trade-off between algebra and emotion.

Bio - David Moon, President of Moon Capital Management, is also a regular contributor to CNBC's ?After The Bell.? His editorial writing has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Barron?s and Corporate Board Member magazine. He currently pens a weekly commentary for newspaper publisher Scripps. David earned bachelor?s and MBA degrees (both cum laude) from the University of Tennessee, where he was named a member of the Academic All-Southeastern Conference football team his senior year. He was an adjunct professor in the finance department of his alma mater from 1995 to 2002. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1995.

David is also the author of ?Thoughts Are Things®,? a series of daily devotionals for elementary and middle school-aged students and their families. Each reading includes a new lesson about spirituality, responsibility, planning, goal setting, relationships, gratitude or love. As a companion to this web-based series, David has compiled ?Thoughts Are Things® for Investors,? in a page-a-day calendar for 2012.

Along with his wife of 26 years and their 11-year-old twins, David lives on an east KnoxCounty farm where his life regularly resembles old episodes of "Green Acres."

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January 2011
Thrusday, January 19, 2012

Carter E. Boardman
Chairman of the Board of Merrick International Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Merrick & Company
Consulting Liabilities and Ethics

Location: Calhoun?s, Turkey Creek Shopping Center, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet (Special menus available upon request)
7:00 p.m. Program - Carter E. Boardman, Chairman of the Board of Merrick International Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Merrick & Company, Consulting Liabilities and Ethics

Abstract - Thinking about hanging your own shingle and becoming a self-employed consulting engineer? While you need to know the mechanics of how to do it, you also need to ask the question, ?Why I want to do it?? From risk management, contracting, insurance, taxation, business development to identifying your expectations to make sure they can be harmonized with reality, this short seminar wades through piercing issues of going into business for yourself. We will also spend a few minutes discussing ethical dilemmas.

Bio - Carter has over 33 years of contract/subcontract administration experience on a wide range of engineering and construction projects. Carter worked for Morrison Knudsen Corporation for 20 years on major construction, construction management and environmental projects throughout the United States. He spent 13 of those 20 years on field projects ranging from hydroelectric projects, to waste water projects to the Detroit Downtown People Mover. After Morrison Knudsen, Carter worked for Bateman Engineering Inc. for 4 years on mineral and oil & gas projects both domestic and foreign. Carter presently works for Merrick & Company as their Director of Contracts and Risk Management and oversees their client contracts, professional service subcontracts, risk management, export control and serves as Merrick?s small business liaison officer, export officer and ethics officer.

Carter is the Chairman of the Board of Merrick International Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Merrick & Company and also serves as the Secretary of Merrick Canada ULC, Merrick?s Canadian subsidiary.

Carter is the past President of and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Carter is an avid fly fisherman and in his spare time you will find him fishing on Colorado?s beautiful streams and lakes.

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February 2012 - Joint with ANS
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Donald R. Hoffman
President/Chief Executive Officer, EXCEL Services Corporation
ANS Membership Update and Local Sections' Participation

Location: Flatwater Grill, 100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge, TN, (865) 862-8646
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Social (Cash bar)
6:30 p.m. Dinner - Entrees: Pulled pork BBQ, Grilled Chicken Breast with Raspberry Dipping Sauce, Salmon Patties with Cilantro and Lemon Zest
7:30 p.m. Program - Donald R. Hoffman, President/Chief Executive Officer, EXCEL Services Corporation, ANS Membership Update and Local Sections' Participation

Abstract - Mr. Hoffman will present information on membership in the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and how the local section is participating in local and national events.

Bio - Donald Hoffman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences. He served in the US Nuclear Submarine Navy as a Senior Reactor Operator and Engineering Officer from 1970 ? 1979 and as a Chief and Lead Reviewer in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewing License Applications and Technical Specifications from 1980 ? 1985. He is currently the President of Eagle Alliance, a US grassroots organization that represents all facets of Nuclear Science and Technology, and is the immediate past Chair of the American Nuclear Society?s Professional Division Committee, and the Chair of the American Nuclear Society?s Membership Committee and a member of the American Nuclear Society?s Board of Directors.

Mr. Hoffman founded EXCEL Services Corporation in 1985 to provide specialized professional services to nuclear utilities in the areas of licensing and regulatory support and Technical Specifications. In more than twenty-six years since the formation of the company, Donald?s company has become recognized as the premier supplier of licensing, regulatory compliance and engineering and operations, and has extensive experience in successful negotiation regarding licensing and Technical Specification issues.

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March 2011
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bill Bradshaw
ABS Consulting 
Process Safety Analysis, PHA, HAZOP

Location: Calhoun?s, Turkey Creek Shopping Center, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet (Special menus available upon request)
7:00 p.m. Program - Bill Bradshaw, ABS Consulting - Process Safety Analysis, PHA, HAZOP
Abstract - Mr. Bradshaw will present a general overview of process safety management (PSM), with particular emphasis on (1) recent regulatory developments in the US, (2) how the AIChE promotes process safety excellence throughout the world, (3) and proven options for improving PSM program effectiveness that provide measurable benefits that go well beyond risk management. The presentation will also highlight some of the technical aspects of process safety, including hazard recognition, hazard assessment, and provide an overview of practical tools and methods for evaluating risk.

Bio - William M. (Bill) Bradshaw is a senior engineer at ABS Consulting with more than 30 years of experience in the chemical and nuclear industries. He led the effort to write Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety, (AIChE, 2007) and more recently coauthored Conduct of Operations (AIChE, 2011). He also contributed to books published by the AIChE on mechanical integrity (MI), management of change (MOC), and layer of protection analysis (LOPA).

In addition to consulting in the areas of PSM and risk management, Mr. Bradshaw instructs ABS Consulting?s courses on PSM, MOC, MI, compliance auditing, risk-based process safety, process hazard analysis (PHA), and LOPA. Before joining ABS Consulting, Mr. Bradshaw served in a variety of plant and business positions with ICI Acrylics, Inc., including plant maintenance manager, production superintendent, operations manager, and business engineering and technology manager. He holds a BE degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MS in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee. He has been a member of the AIChE since 1990.

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April 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dr. Shirley Liu
Research Associate, Biosystems Engineering, University of Tennessee
Biodiesel Byproduct Chemicals

Location: Calhoun's, Turkey Creek Shopping Center, Farragut, TN
Cost: $20
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet
7:00 p.m. Program - Dr. Shirley Liu, Research Associate, Biosystems Engineering, University of Tennessee, Biodiesel Byproduct Chemical

Abstract - Biodiesel production and production capacity worldwide are increasing each year due to the regulatory and socioeconomic pressure of renewable energy. However, the sustainability of the biodiesel industry requires production of value-added chemicals derived from its byproduct glycerol. Acrolein and lactic acid are two such value-added chemicals; one is produced from glycerol via an acid-catalytic route, and one via a base-catalytic mechanism. This presentation will cover some of the developed processes for glycerol-to-acrolein and glycerol-to-lactic acid conversions. Some economic assessment, as well as the scale-up potential and problems, will also be discussed.

Bio - Shirley Liu completed her doctoral degree last May with a dissertation entitled ?Roles of non-thermal plasma in gas-phase glycerol dehydration catalyzed by supported silicotungstic acid?. She has been working as a research associate in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Tennessee since then. She believes in the importance of building the supportive chemical platform to make the renewable energy industry more viable economically, and seeks to apply her chemical engineering background to this effort. Her research interests lie in developing efficient catalytic routes for value-added production from renewable resources and transitioning catalytic processes from the laboratory to the industrial scale.

 
April 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Student Awards Banquet
UT Under Graduate Student Project Teams
UT Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Awards Banquet

Location: Calhoun's on the River, Knoxville, TN
Cost: $15
Schedule:
6:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
7:00 p.m. Dinner (Buffet)
8:00 p.m. Program - UT Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Awards Banquet

Abstract - The annual UT Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering student awards banquet will be held at Calhoun?s on the River on April 26, 2012. Traditionally, two student teams are chosen from CBE 411 projects class to present their research or design projects.

This is an excellent opportunity to see the types of research young chemical engineers are performing.

Area high school chemistry students and their teachers are especially welcome to this meeting, which will provide an opportunity for high school students with interests in chemistry and engineering to learn more about opportunities in chemical engineering.
Hope to see you there.

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May 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Prof. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee
Dendrochronology and the Science of Tree Rings: Mother Nature Confronts Human Nature

Location: Frank H. McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN - Park along the circle drive in front of the museum (just across from the torchbearer statue). No parking passes are needed. Come in the front door, and a guard will be available to direct you to the correct location.
Dinner location - McClung Museum
Cost: $5
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Pizza and soft drinks at the Museum
7:00 p.m. Program - Prof. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Dendrochronology and the Science of Tree Rings: Mother Nature Confronts Human Nature

Abstract - Dendrochronology has its beginnings in the early 1900s when astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass first investigated tree rings for a possible signal related to sunspot activity, and in the process formulated the principles that today guide the discipline. Douglass later embarked on an ambitious project that eventually dated the exact year the construction of 29 pueblos in the American Southwest, permanently earning the field a highly respected place in the toolkits of many additional disciplines. Today, dendrochronology has evolved into a highly quantitative science based on the principle that a tree ring can be dated to one year and one year only with exact precision. The field has specialized techniques for collecting samples in the field and for obtaining quantitative data from the tree-ring record, relying on the principle of crossdating that ensures exact temporal placement of each and every tree ring through both graphical and statistical procedures. Dendrochronology has been applied to a wide array of disciplines, especially in climatology, archaeology, ecology, geomorphology, seismology, and volcanology. The tree-ring record has helped us understand, for example, past changes in climate over the Holocene (the last 10,000 years), and have clearly shown periods of favorable and unfavorable climate lasting decades and even centuries in many parts of the world. Archaeologists continue to reap benefits by using tree rings to date the construction year of prehistoric and historic features. Tree-ring data are continuously used to better understand forest dynamics, especially the history of past wildfires, and the impact humans have had on changing the successional trajectories of these forests. Despite the benefits of the science, dendrochronology faces new challenges in light of recent developments, such as a well-establishment break in the linkages of temperature and tree growth during the 20th century that may have implications for our ability to reconstruct hemispheric-wide temperature trends.

Bio - Henri D. Grissino-Mayer (Ph.D. 1995 University of Arizona, M.A. 1988 University of Georgia, B.S. 1985 University of Georgia) is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee and Director of the university?s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science. He studies ecosystem disturbance processes and uses dendrochronology, the science of tree rings, to address changes in these processes both spatially and temporally. His research concentrates on analyzing the history of past wildfires and the history of past climate, and how climate change possibly mediates changes in wildfire regimes. He has given or co-presented over 350 professional presentations and published over 90 peer-reviewed papers. His research was selected by Discover Magazine as one of the ?Top 50 Science Stories of 1992? and ?Top 100 Science Stories of 2005,? and in 1998 he received the inaugural Alton A. Lindsey Award for Research and Resource Stewardship given by the National Park Service and the National Parks and Conservation Association. At the University of Tennessee, he has been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences? Junior Research and Creative Achievement Award in 2003, the Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement Award in 2005, and the Chancellor?s Award for Extraordinary Service to the University in 2009. He has been Principal Investigator on grants totaling over $4 million, investigating everything from wildfires to climate change to hurricanes to log structures to musical instruments, all using tree rings. He, his laboratory, and his students have appeared in television documentaries shown on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Investigation Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the Weather Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and Court TV.

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