Knoxville - Oak Ridge Local Section
Calendar Archive 2005-2006
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August 2005 - Fall Social
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Fall Social
Smokies Baseball Park

Location: Smokies Baseball Park
Cost: TBD
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Picnic
7:15 p.m. Game

Direction - From Knoxville take I-40 East to Hwy. 66 (Exit 407). Turn left onto Hwy 66. Stadium is directly on the right.

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September 2005 - UT AIChE Fall Kick-off Picnic
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Location: Tyson Park Shelter 1
Cost: The UT AIChE Section will provide hamburgers and hotdogs. The rest of the picnic will be a potluck style lunch.
The University of Tennessee Student Section of AIChE has invited the Knoxville/Oak Ridge AIChE Section to participate in their Fall kick-off picnic at Tyson Park.

If you would like to attend, please contact Dustin Tremaine, President of the AIChE, UTK Chapter, 419 Dougherty Engineering Building, Knoxville, TN 37996, (865) 974-2421, aiche@utk.edu.

This is an excellent opportunity for UT AIChE members, UT ChE professors, and Knoxville/Oak Ridge AIChE members to meet and interact.

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September 2005 - Joint Meeting with AWIS, SWE, and WIN
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Don Morris
A.G. Edwards Inc.
Money & Magic

Location: Mandarin House, Downtown West (694-0350)
Cost: $13.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Extensive Chinese buffet
7:00 p.m. Program - Don Morris, A.G. Edwards Inc. - Money & Magic

Abstract - Don will use magical effects to illustrate some of the most common mistakes that are made with money.

Bio - Don is a Certified Financial Planner(CFP) and Associate VP of Investments at A.G. Edwards. He has been with AG Edwards for over 10 years and specializes in retirement and estate planning. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and before getting into the financial planning and investment business, he was a tennis professional for 14 years. His hobby is performing magic and he enjoys writing and currently writes financial articles for the Knoxville News Sentinel and has written two books on magic. He and his family are active in the National Kidney Foundation, enjoy scuba diving and are involved in various organizations to help animals.

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October 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005

Michael E. Harvey
Jobs Now! Executive Director and Executive Vice President of for the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency
Technology Corridor

Location: Calhoun’s on Bearden Hill
Cost: $18.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Family style pulled pork, barbequed chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and tea/soda
7:00 p.m. Program - Michael E. Harvey, Jobs Now! Executive Director and Executive Vice President of for the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency - Technology Corridor

Abstract - Mike's presentation will focus on the economic development activities for the Knoxville/Oak Ridge area and will discuss growth market areas, including technology-related businesses.

Bio - Mike Harvey serves as the Jobs Now! Executive Director and Executive Vice President of for the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency (ETEDA).
Jobs Now! supports a unified, regional program plan that utilizes an unprecedented partnership between the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, The Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, and The Oak Ridge Economic Partnership to realize its five-year goals.
As a partner in the Jobs Now! program, ETEDA’s principal responsibility is to market the region’s business location advantages to corporate decision-makers for the purpose of increasing investments and quality jobs.
In addition to his four years here in Knoxville, Mike was also President & CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Council (located in Guntersville, AL), a position he held from 1995-2001.
Mr. Harvey grew up in several different locations, but spent most of his high school and college years in Mississippi. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1991 and his Master's Degree in Economic Development from USM in 1995.
Mr. Harvey is married to Rachel Anne Zizka, and currently has no children.

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October 2005 - East Tennessee Section Social
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Location: Secret City Scenic Excursion Train, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, (865) 241-2140
Cost: $13.00 for adults/$9.00 for children 12 and under. Lap children two and under are free. Group rates may apply
Schedule: Program - The East Tennessee Section of AIChE (Kingsport area) has invited our section to participate in a social they are planning in Oak Ridge to ride the Secret City Train and visit the American Museum of Science and Energy. Local Section members, along with spouses and children, are invited to attend. You can contact Heather McNabb, Eastman Chemical Company, (423) 229-3102, hlmcnabb@eastman.com for more information. Reservations can be made through the Southern Appalachian Railway.

 
November 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005

John Benditz
Kimley-Horn and Associates
TDOT’s Knoxville SmartWay System

Location: Knoxville SmartWay TMC, 7238 Region Lane - The facility is the first building past Puleo's Grill at Strawberry Plains Pike (I-40 Exit 398) and has a ground mounted sign at the street that reads Transportation Management Center
Cost: $15.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - We will be ordering Take out from Ruby Tuesdays for delivery to the TMC conference room. Please pre-order your meal when you make your reservation. Soft drinks and desert will be provided.
GRILLED CHICKEN STACKER - Grilled chicken with Jack cheese and rich brown sauce.
CHOPPED STEAK STACKER - A juicy, grilled half pound burger with sautéed mushrooms, Jack cheese and rich brown sauce.
CHURCH STREET STACKER - Grilled chicken with sautéed mushrooms, bacon and cheese.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHICKEN® STACKER - Grilled barbecue chicken with Monterey Jack 'n cheddar cheese, bacon and diced tomatoes.
SIRLOIN TIPS STACKER - Grilled sirloin tips and brown sauce.
ALL RUBY'S STACKERS SERVED WITH MASHED POTATOES, FRESH STEAMED BROCCOLI, GARLIC TOAST AND TOPPED WITH CRISPY JUMB'O'RINGS

7:00 p.m. Program - John Benditz, P.E., Kimley-Horn and Associates, TDOT’s Knoxville SmartWay System
Abstract - TDOT SmartWay is Tennessee’s intelligent transportation system. It is designed to reduce traffic congestion by reducing incident clearance time, increase safety by decreasing the number of secondary accidents, and, working alongside our incident management program (HELP), improving emergency response to traffic situations.
TDOT SmartWay uses cameras to monitor the highways from Traffic Management Centers, sensors to gauge traffic flow, large electronic message boards to send urgent traffic notices to drivers along the highways and the Highway Advisory Radio system. Only Nashville and Knoxville have fully integrated SmartWay systems. An early deployment of cameras took place in Memphis on August 19, 2005, with a deployment in Chattanooga scheduled for later in 2005.

Bio - John Benditz is a graduate of North Carolina State University. He joined the City of Knoxville’s Traffic Engineering Department in 1977 and for most of his seven years with the City of Knoxville, John was manager of the City’s Traffic Signal Division during which time the City deployed one of the earliest computerized traffic signal systems in the nation.
In 1984 John joined the engineering consulting firm of Kimley-Horn and Associates and for the past 21 years he has designed dozens of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for traffic signal networks, freeway corridors, and airport ground transportation operations throughout the US.
Five years ago John returned to Knoxville where he has served as Kimley-Horn’s program manager for the design and construction oversight of the TDOT’s Knoxville SmartWay System. John is presently assisting TDOT at the Region 1 SmartWay TMC through the initial period of operations start-up.
John will provide background on TDOT SmartWay ITS initiative throughout the Knoxville region.

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December 2005
Thursday, December 8, 2005

Ward Plummer
Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee
The Nanotechnology Revolution: Smallville Comes to Tennessee

Location: University Club, 2704 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, (865) 974-7348
Cost: $19.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet
7:00 p.m. Program - Ward Plummer, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee, The Nanotechnology Revolution: Smallville Comes to Tennessee, Too small to see — Too big to miss.
Abstract - From the Stone Age, to the Iron Age to the Age of Plastics, civilization is written in the history of materials. Material technologies determine advances in communication, construction, mechanization, agriculture, and health protection. Recent estimates from the National Nanotechnology Initiative predict materials development will have a trillion dollar impact on the economy by 2015. Given the success of past predictions, the number could be even larger than expected. The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have the talent and tools to, as Governor Phil Bredesen recently said, “grab” the opportunity. Our challenge? To learn how to use atoms, molecules, and nanoscale materials as building blocks to create a new generation of nanosized materials with brand new utilities. Knowing what material works best for a given need is easier when we understand what makes it strong or how it carries electricity, why it responds to magnetic forces or changes in temperature, or how it switches back and forth between a metal and insulator. Materials are the future, and the future is small.

Bio - Ward Plummer is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee and a Distinguished Scientist in the Condensed Matter Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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January 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Tom McManamy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Mercury Target for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)

Location: Buddy’s Bar-B-Q Conference Center, 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, (865) 588-0528
Cost: $18.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Pork BBQ and Honey Pecan Chicken, plus salad, green beans, roasted potatoes, and dessert.
7:00 p.m. Program - Tom McManamy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Mercury Target for the SNS

Abstract - The Spallation Neutron Source has the goal of becoming the world’s leading research facility utilizing neutron scattering for research. The principal components are a front end producing negative hydrogen ions, a linear accelerator which produce a 1.4 MW beam of 1 Gev protons, a storage ring which compresses the beam in time into short (micro second) pulses at 60 hz, a target system to convert the protons into useful neutrons and the neutron scatting instruments. Tom will describe the design, installation and initial testing of the target system components. The major subsystems are a flowing mercury target, a moderator/reflector assembly, 5 meters of iron shielding around the target, cooling, and remote handling systems. The project started in 1999 and the first beam on the mercury target is expected this April.

Bio - Dr. Thomas J McManamy is the lead engineer for the SNS Target System, and has been with the SNS project for over seven years. Dr. McManamy holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT, and has been at ORNL since 1979. He has previously worked on the Advanced Neutron Source and various fusion energy projects.

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February 2006 - Joint Meeting with ANS
Thursday, February 7, 2006

Bob Wham
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Radiochemical Processing Activities at ORNL," also known as "An arranged marriage between Nuclear and Chemical Engineering - Radiochemical Processing

Location: Calhoun's On the River, 400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville TN, (865)673-3355
Cost: $20.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Social - Cash bar
6:30 p.m. Dinner - Buffet style with Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork (served with sauce), Grilled Barbeque Chicken, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, White Creamed Corn, Baked Cinnamon Apples, and Corn Muffins & Biscuits. Coffee & Tea. Chef’s choice of cookies.
7:30 p.m. Program - Joint Meeting with local American Nuclear Society (ANS)Section - Bob Wham, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Radiochemical Processing Activities at ORNL," also known as "An arranged marriage between Nuclear and Chemical Engineering - Radiochemical Processing

Abstract - Bob will talk about the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which specializes in the production of heavy elements, such as californium and einsteinium from curium targets irradiated at the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the recovery of plutonium, americium, and curium from targets irradiated at the Savannah River Site.

Bio - Robert M.(Bob) Wham is currently Technology Integration Manager for Fuels, Isotopes, and Nuclear Materials in the Nuclear Science and Technology Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also a Thrust Area Lead for the Department of Homeland Security R/N Threat Awareness and Characterization Areas at ORNL. Bob’s area of expertise is in heavy element and radioisotope production.
Since coming to ORNL in 1979, Bob has been involved as a Principal Investigator in a variety of basic research programs such as coal liquefaction, mass transfer enhancement using electric fields, and computational fluid mechanics. His experience in hot cells and radioisotope production comes from working on the production of heavy elements in the Transuranium Element Program as well as the recovery of plutonium, americium and curium from targets irradiated at the Savannah River Site. Both of these took place at the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) where he was the Facility and Program Manager from 1991 to 1997.
Bob has been active in the local chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) section serving as treasurer, secretary, vice chairman, and chairman of the local section. He has been a director, vice-chair and chair of the AIChE Nuclear Engineering Division. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society.
He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois in 1979, completed a Master’s degree from University of Tennessee in 1983, and a Ph.D. from University of Tennessee in 1996. All degrees were in Chemical Engineering.

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February 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

All Engineer's Banquet

Location: Knoxville Convention Center, Downtown Knoxville
Cost: Members and Guests - $20, Students – $15
Schedule: 6:00 p.m. Social House with slideshow
7:00 p.m. Program and Dinner - Gen. Carl Stiner, retired U.S. Army, Author -Engineers Make a World of Difference
Contact: Brad Salsbury (970-0003) for a registration form or for further information
Deadline: February 6, 2006

 
March 2006 - Joint meeting with AWMA
Friday, March 17, 2006

Mark Swientoniewski
Bechtel-Jacobs Co.
Results of the MACT Comprehensive Performance Test of DOE Oak Ridge TSCA Incinerator

Location: Sagebrush Steakhouse & Saloon - 390 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Cost: $10.00
Schedule: 11:00 a.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
11:30 a.m. Lunch - Choice of one of the following with a drink:
Chef Salad Mixed garden greens topped with ham, turkey, cheese and assorted vegetables
Grilled Chicken Salad Our large garden salad topped with strips of grilled breast of chicken
Grilled Chicken Breast Marinated Chicken Breast – lightly seasoned and grilled to juicy perfection, served over rice with choice of one side.
Mushroom Swiss Burger Our classic angus burger topped with melted big-eye swiss cheese and grill mushrooms; served with choice of potato.
Buffalo Jack - Fried Chicken Sandwich Tossed in our tangy Buffalo pepper sauce topped with melted Monterey Jack cheese and served with a side of bleu cheese and choice of potato
Sagebrush Cheeseburger Our lonesome burger topped with your choice of cheese and served with choice of potato.
Traditional Club Sandwich Thin slices of baked ham and smoke turkey are piled high with crisp bacon, American cheese and all the fixin’s; served with choice of potato.

12:30 p.m. Program - M. Swientoniewski, Bechtel-Jacobs Co., Results of the MACT Comprehensive Performance Test of DOE Oak Ridge TSCA Incinerator
Abstract - Mark Swientoniewski will present the Results of the MACT Comprehensive Performance Test of the DOE Oak Ridge TSCA Incinerator. The TSCA Incinerator is designed and permitted to thermally treat radioactively contaminated TSCA (polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)) and RCRA hazardous wastes. The incinerator consists of a rotary kiln and a secondary combustion chamber followed by a wet off-gas cleaning system. The off-gas cleaning system includes a quench chamber, a venturi scrubber, a packed bed scrubber, two ionizing wet scrubbers in series, an induced draft fan, and an exhaust stack. Pre-testing was conducted in December 2004, and the CPT was conducted in March 2005. The Incinerator system was sampled and analyzed for many constituents and these results are presented.

Bio - Mr. Swientoniewski has 27 years of broad-based environmental engineering experience, which includes the previous 12 years executing projects with Bechtel Jacobs Company and Bechtel National Inc. His experience includes project management, design, and operation of physical, chemical, and thermal treatment systems for hazardous and mixed wastes. Mr. Swientoniewski received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1979.

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April 2006
Saturday, April 1, 2006

Open House at the U.T. Chemical Engineering Department

 
April 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006

Student Awards

Location: University Club, 2704 Kingston Pike (corner of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive), Knoxville, TN, (865) 974-7348
Cost: $20.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet consisting of your choice of Salad: Tossed Salad and Fruit Salad; Entrees: Sliced Roast Beef and Chicken Parmesan; Side Items: Sweet Corn, Oven Roasted Potatoes, and Sugar Snap Peas; and Dessert: Red Velvet Cake and Pecan Pie; and Drink: Water or tea.
7:00 p.m. Program - UT Student Projects

UT Department of Chemical Engineering students will provide our program. Several student teams will describe their research or design projects. This is an incredible opportunity to see what types or research young chemical engineers are performing.

We will be welcoming area high school chemistry students and their teachers to this meeting. This meeting provides an opportunity for high school students with interests in chemistry to learn more about opportunities in chemical engineering.

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May 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sandra K. Dudley, Ph.D., P.E.
Lipscomb University
Chemistry for Engineers and Relaxed ABET Accreditation for Chemistry Requirements

Location: Italian Market & Grill, 9648 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN, (865)690-2600
Cost: $19.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Social - Cash bar
6:30 p.m. Dinner - Buffet consisting of Penne Julia (white sauce with peas and ham)or Penne with red sauce and meatballs, Salad, Dessert, and Tea
7:00 p.m. Program - Sandra Dudley, Lipscomb University, Chemistry for Engineers and Relaxed ABET Accreditation for Chemistry Requirements

Abstract - Recent changes in the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) accreditation standards allow many non-chemical engineering disciplines to require only one semester of general chemistry. However, topics covered on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam include items covered during both the first and second semesters of traditional general chemistry courses. Similarly, the background needed for additional coursework and professional activities may be provided in portions of both the first and second semesters of general chemistry. As a result of these dichotomous requirements, a number of universities are offering a one-semester chemistry course for non-chemical engineering majors. This presentation includes a discussion of the topics included in the Chemistry for Engineers course at Lipscomb University as well as textbook choices, teaching techniques, and learning approaches favored by engineering students.

Bio - Sandra is the Executive Director of the Water Authority of Dickson County and the Managing Member of Meadowview Engineering, LLC. She also teaches Chemistry for Engineers at Lipscomb University and performs on-call services for the Nashville office of AMEC Earth and Environmental. A previous employee of CH2M HILL, Eastman Chemical Company, and Martin Marietta Energy Systems, she holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an M.A. in Education, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. Sandra’s doctoral research focused on biological wastewater treatment, and she has over 15 years of experience in operations management, wastewater treatment, air emissions control and permitting, and engineering project management. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Tennessee.
Sandra is a nationally recognized leader in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), most recently as a member of the AIChE Board of Directors, and she is an active member of the National Council for the Examination of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) Chemical Engineering Committee. She was honored by her alma mater as the first female chosen to receive the prestigious Engineer of Distinction award. Sandra is active in the local community chorus and the local church, where she teaches children’s Bible classes and leads the youth group Relay for Life team.

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