Knoxville - Oak Ridge Local Section
Calendar of Events

September 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dr. Robert M. "Pete" Counce
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Tennessee
A Teaching Approach for Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes

Location: Estilita's, West End Avenue, Farragut TN (northern extension of Concord Road - off Kingston Pike)
Cost: $20.00
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet
7:00 p.m. Program - Dr. Robert M. "Pete" Counce , Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Tennessee - A Teaching Approach for Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes

Abstract - The conceptual design problem for chemical processes is difficult because many alternatives may need to be considered and there is only a small chance that any idea at the conceptual level will result in the design and operation of the process under consideration. Pete will discuss a systematic procedure for teaching conceptual design of chemical processes to undergraduate chemical engineers. The goal is to select the best process flowsheet and estimate optimum design conditions.

Bio - Dr. Counce is professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee and has done research and development work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for over 35 years. He holds B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored or co-authored over 100 technical papers and reports. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a member of Alpha Chi Sigma.

He is especially active in applying green engineering approaches to design and modification of industrial processes. He teaches Process Design and Green Engineering at UT. He directs "Design Internship in Green Engineering", an honor's process design course focusing on authentic industrial problems. His research typically involves advancing fundamental knowledge while focusing on providing solutions to industrial needs. He has been involved in radiochemical separations throughout his career. He won the Ferris Award for Combined Teaching and Research from UT College of Engineering in 2008. In 2000 he received the Leon and Nancy Cole Superior Teaching Award from the College of Engineering for his work in process design. He is involved in a wide variety of activities in the green engineering area and in industrial separations, including recovery and recycle of various process materials.

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October 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mr. Randall Moore
Business Line Manager, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc.
Enhanced Mercury Oxidation (EMO™)

Location: Mandarin House, Knoxville, TN – Private dining area
Cost: $20
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet
7:00 p.m. Program - Mr. Randall Moore, Business Line Manager, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc., Enhanced Mercury Oxidation (EMO™)

Abstract - EMO™ is a proprietary chemical injection process that reduces mercury emissions from combustion sources. EMO™ uses an effective oxidizing agent to convert elemental mercury to a mercury salt, which can then be removed from the gas stream using standard particulate control technology or existing wet scrubbing techniques. The EMO™ solution if injected directly into the flue gas just in the post combustion duct work. A custom-designed array of liquid injection nozzles is configured to optimize performance and minimize the required concentration of oxidant.

EMO™ technology is most effective for sources where native mercury oxidization is low due to the lack of sufficient halogens in the fuel, (typically coal). It is also effective on process streams with bituminous coal sources not having selective catalytic reduction technology and on process streams where additional oxidation is required to meet more stringent regulatory limits.

Shaw’s first full scale demonstration was conducted this September at a coal fired unit in Maryland. The initial results from those tests have not only confirmed the technologies efficacy, but demonstrated a reduction in elemental mercury emissions beyond expectations, essentially eliminating elemental mercury during several trials.

The presentation will touch on mercury toxicity, the driver for tighter emission controls, the technology and the implementation for coal fired power plants and industrial boilers.

Enhanced Mercury Oxidation

Bio - Randall Moore has been with Shaw for 24 years and currently serves as Business Line Manager for Commercial, State and Local Government Programs as well as Director of the Knoxville Office of Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc. Mr. Moore holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma. Since 2006, he has led a team whose mission is to identify, develop, and exploit new and emerging technologies for pollution control. To date, the group has conducted projects related to cellulosic ethanol, carbon capture and sequestration, activated carbon injection optimization, enhanced mercury oxidation (EMO™), multi-pollutant control technology, and coal-to-diesel production plants. Mr. Moore’s team has demonstrated EMO™ at full scale and will move toward commercialization as mercury regulations are reintroduced.

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November 2009 - Joint with SWE
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dr. Dana Christensen
Associate Laboratory Director, Energy & Engineering Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Nation’s Renaissance in Energy Technology

Location: Calhoun's at Turkey Creek, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Program - Dana C. Christensen, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Laboratory Director, Energy & Engineering Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The Nation’s Renaissance in Energy Technology

Abstract - The nation is facing a renaissance in energy technology to include dramatic changes in transportation, electricity production, distribution and use, and energy efficiency.  The nation is also rapidly expanding its scientific capabilities and is currently leading the world in areas such as material science, characterization capabilities, and computational science.  Today’s industrial challenges are increasingly complex and require the integrated use of these tools in order to solve the critical problems in an economical fashion.  In fact, it is becoming increasingly clear that science and technology today requires an integrated approach that includes theory, experimentation and computational science.  This new three legged stool for science will be discussed and a number of examples involving the changes in energy technology will be presented.

Bio - Dr. Dana Christensen is the Associate Laboratory Director of the Energy & Engineering Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Directorate is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) largest energy research and technology organization, annually executing ~ $350M of programs for a variety of government and industrial sponsors in all aspects of energy science and technology. Included is research in all forms of energy production, distribution, and utilization. Specific initiatives include emphasis areas of nuclear fission and fusion, nuclear science and technology, nuclear nonproliferation, and all dimensions of fossil energy extraction, production, and use, including technologies for the abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. Also included are energy efficiency and renewable energy concepts in storage, transportation, electrical and pipeline distribution, vehicle technology and traffic management, hydrogen economy, enhanced buildings technology, design and application of solar concepts, policy analysis and investigating the intersection of technology and policy, and concepts to impact industry’s approach to energy demand reduction. Finally, the intersection of water technology with the energy sector is an area of research.

Dr. Christensen came to ORNL from the University of California where he was the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of Threat Reduction at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Program Director for Nuclear Energy Programs. Prior to this he was the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, also operated by the University of California. He spent a year with the Department of Energy Policy Office, providing leadership in the preparation of the Department’s Integrated Nuclear Materials Management Plan; a plan requested by congress in an effort to harmonize the nuclear materials management practices and procedures across all DOE Offices and programs. He has thirty years of management experience in material science, nuclear and fossil energy, and renewable energy, nuclear materials management and scientific research in support of DOE and other Government agencies and industries.

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December 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009

J. Banner
Schaad Companies
Zero Energy Building Research Alliance

Location: Calhoun's at Turkey Creek, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet (Special menu available upon request)
7:00 p.m. Program - J. Banner of Schaad Companies, Zero Energy Building Research Alliance

Abstract - A case study of the formation of ZEBRAlliance ("Zero Energy Building Research Alliance") and ZEBRAlliance's first project will be presented from the perspective of the for-profit private partner, Schaad Companies.  The presentation will include ZEBRAlliance’s first project, a four-house demonstration project, and energy efficiency in new residential construction.  In addition, the lessons learned on the project, how it has been and will be used in the private sector, and the value of sharing the knowledge with others in the home construction industry will be discussed.

Bio - Jennifer S. Banner, CEO of Schaad Companies, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she received both her B.S. in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy with highest honors. Following graduation, she worked in Tampa, FL as a CPA for Ernst & Whinney, CPA’s and returned to Knoxville to join Pershing Yoakley & Associates, CPA’s and Consultants, where she was a shareholder and principal. In 2005 she became CEO of Schaad Companies, which is a 99 year old holding company comprised of businesses owned and controlled by members of the John H. Schaad, Jr. family. Its businesses include residential and commercial construction, residential and commercial development, residential and commercial real estate brokerage and management services, equipment leasing, and investments.

Currently Schaad Companies is collaborating with ORNL, which has support from TVA, DOE and a host of building industry partners, in a public private partnership, known as the ZEBRAlliance, to change the way homes are built so that they will be more energy efficient.

Banner is on the Board of Directors of BB&T Corporation, the nation’s eighth largest financial holding company, where she is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee. Previously, she chaired BB&T Corporation’s Audit Committee. Prior to becoming a BB&T Director, she served on the Boards of Directors of First Vantage Bank and First Virginia Banks, Inc. In 2009 she joined the Board of Directors of Halcyon Corp., LLC, a subsidiary of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee (CROET).

In 1995 Banner helped found Tennessee Aquatics, Inc., a nonprofit, and as a lifelong competitive swimmer she continues to serve on its Board of Directors as Secretary- Treasurer.

In addition, Banner is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville, member of the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates, member of the UT Department of Finance Advisory Roundtable, member of the UT Department of Accounting and Information Management Advisory Roundtable, recipient of the 2009 UT Alumni Service Award, co-trustee of the American Marketing Association – Knoxville Chapter’s Eagle Endowment for Marketing Education, and she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Banner is an ongoing advocate for education and the arts. She and her husband, James Schaad, and their two daughters reside in Knoxville, TN.

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January 2010
Thrusday, January 21, 2010

Dr. Wayne Davis
Dean of UT College of Engineering
Status of progress in UT College of Engineering

Location: Calhoun's at Turkey Creek, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Buffet (Special menu available upon request)
7:00 p.m. Program - Dr. Wayne Davis, Dean of UT College of EngineeringStatus of progress in UT College of Engineering

Abstract - The College of Engineering has made significant progress in the last several years in many areas, including increased student numbers, increased quality of students entering the UG and Graduate programs, increased involvement in research and funding, development of enhanced partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other organizations. The college is also in the midst of a major building/infrastructure development program that will result in the construction of three new buildings that will directly or indirectly affect all of its programs over the next four years. The impact of the current economic turndown will also be discussed along with the college's current plans for increasing the number of engineering graduates that will be needed to address the technological challenges of the future.

Bio - Dr. Wayne T. Davis, who had served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering since May 2008, was named Dean of the college on March 11, 2009. He is also a Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and served as the Associate Dean for Research and Technology in the college from 2003 to 2008. He received the AB in Physics (Pfeiffer University—1969), MS in Physics (Clemson—1971), MS in Environmental Engineering and PhD in Civil Engineering (UTK—1973 and 1975, respectively). He has conducted research and teaching in the area of air quality management and pollution control for over 35 years at UT, including serving for six years as Assistant/Associate Dean of the Graduate School in 1985-1991. He has been involved in numerous projects funded by EPA, DOE, ORNL, NSF, DOT, various state agencies and industrial companies, particularly as related to monitoring and control of ozone/precursors and particulate matter. He is currently a member of the State of TN Air Pollution Control Board and Chair of the Knox County Air Pollution Control Board. He is a recipient of the Lyman Ripperton Award presented by the international Air and Waste Management Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Professional and Environmental Practice (Pittsburgh PA) in 2007. As Associate Dean for Research he had administrative oversight over the college’s research centers and research laboratories, and assisted the faculty in the college with development of research programs and development of industrial partnerships. He is now involved in developing a variety of research initiatives for the college, including an East TN hydrogen initiative and other alternative fuel programs. He was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement in 1994 and was UT Macebearer in 2003.

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February 2010 - Joint with ANS
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dr. Stanley L. Milora
Director of the Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Magnetic Fusion Research in the ITER Era: Status and Outlook

Location: Calhoun’s on the River, 400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: (865) 673-3355
Cost: $20
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Social (Cash bar)
6:30 p.m. Dinner - Buffet: Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Served with Barbeque Sauce, Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Sauce, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, White Creamed Corn, Baked Cinnamon Apples, Buttermilk Biscuits & Corn Muffins, Chocolate Chip Cookies
7:30 p.m. Program - Dr. Stanley L. Milora, Director of the Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Magnetic Fusion Research in the ITER Era: Status and Outlook

Abstract - Dr. Milora will present the status of fusion energy technology development.

Bio - Dr. Milora is a pioneer in the technology and application of plasma fueling by hydrogenic pellet injection. During his career he has made original contributions to the theory of pellet ablation in magnetized plasmas and is the inventor and principal developer of the light-gas gun pellet injector concept that has been applied successfully on numerous plasma confinement experiments in the United States and abroad. During the course of these experiments, he demonstrated many of the effects of pellet injection on plasma performance including improvements in energy confinement time (e.g., the Pellet Enhanced Performance mode on JET) and Lawson parameter (a record value on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor). He has published more than 140 papers in related topics, including three review articles, and has given numerous invited talks at national and international conferences.

Dr. Milora has made outstanding leadership contributions and has a noteworthy national and international reputation in fusion science and technology. He is the Director of the Fusion Energy Division and Fusion Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He also serves as Director of the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences Virtual Laboratory for Technology (VLT). Dr. Milora leads ORNL programs in fusion research that span the broad spectrum of scientific and technological issues associated with heating, confining and controlling the high-temperature plasmas required for fusion energy and oversees the development of related enabling technologies that create fusion-relevant conditions (fueling and highpower radio-frequency heating systems) and the advanced high-performance materials to withstand the radiation environment of a fusion reactor. He also manages and directs diverse R&D activities at ORNL in the areas of plasma theory and computation, the development of innovative magnetic fusion energy confinement concepts, experimental plasma physics, fusion plasma technologies and applications, and the applications of high-temperature superconductivity to electrical power generation and transmission. In his role as VLT Director, he coordinates and represents U.S. research plans of twenty four institutions in the fusion technology areas of fueling, heating and current drive, plasma-facing components, magnet technology, safety and tritium research, materials science research, advanced design and socio-economic studies. Dr. Milora also serves as Chief Technologist for the U.S. ITER Project Office that coordinates the U.S. contributions to the ITER project, a large-scale international scientific endeavor that will demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy.

Dr. Milora is a strong advocate of fusion energy and serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Fusion Science and Technology and Fusion Engineering and Design. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has received numerous awards, including the ANS-FED Outstanding Technical Accomplishment Award, DOE Distinguished Associate Award, American Vacuum Society Albert Nerken Award, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fusion Technology Award.

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, with High Distinction

Ph.D. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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March 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Keith Kahl
Assistant Director of Transportation Programs
Overview of ORNL’s Transportation Program and tour of NTRC facilities – US CITIZENS ONLY

Location: Don Gallo’s Mexican Restaurant, 10681 Hardin Valley Road followed by NTRC, 2360 Cherahala Boulevard, Knoxville
Cost: $20
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - From menu
7:00 p.m. Program - After dinner we will go to the nearby National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) building at 2360 Cherahala Boulevard for a tour and presentation by Keith Kahl, Deputy Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Sustainable Mobility Program, Overview of ORNL’s Transportation Program and tour of NTRC facilities – US CITIZENS ONLY

Abstract - Transportation lies at the nexus of three major influences affecting today’s national agenda: energy, environment and economy. The challenges of (and opportunities afforded by) achieving sustainable mobility of people and things, have been framed in recent years against a backdrop of unstable petroleum prices and growing public debate about global climate change. The displacement of conventional petroleum consumption with electricity and alternative fuels (“fuel switching”) signals a paradigm shift in our country’s long term vision for transportation – arguably one of the economic backbones of the U.S. Making vehicle platforms more energy efficient is the other main focus of attention and embraces technologies like lighter weight materials, advanced combustion and emissions control and hybridized power trains.

This presentation will recalibrate the challenges of reducing our petroleum consumption while simultaneously seeking reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is clear that multiple technology strategies will contribute – but some are critically more important than others. An overview of major transportation R&D areas that ORNL is engaged in will be covered.

Bio - Keith Kahl is the Deputy Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Sustainable Mobility Program, which encompasses over $75M in transportation R&D sponsored by DOE, DOT, DOD, DHS, EPA, and other parties.

Keith has been a staff member at ORNL for over 30 years, much of which was spent in the former Engineering Technology Division, working on a broad range of energy-related technologies under a variety of technical projects and programs - including fluidized bed combustion of coal, synthetic fuels, alternative vehicle fuels, ceramics for advanced heat engines, precision machining of brittle materials, thermal spray coatings, plating and other surface finishes, and mechanical behavior of composites. His background is in mechanical engineering (B.S./M.S. Mech. Engineering.- University of Tennessee) and he has completed PhD-level work in advanced fracture mechanics and advanced mechanics of composite materials.

During the 1980’s he was one of the initial staff members in a newly formed alternative fuels utilization group and helped establish the first engine and fuels research facilities for Oak Ridge.

Transferring to work in other programs in the late ‘80s and early 90’s, Keith returned to the transportation field in 1995 to help lead the realization of the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) - a joint venture by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, DOE and The University of Tennessee.

From 2003 to 2004, Keith spent a year on assignment at DOE headquarters in Washington DC supporting the 21st Century Truck Partnership and the FreedomCAR program. His responsibilities now include assisting with strategic planning , business development and multi-program integration for the Laboratory in areas of advanced transportation systems.

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April 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010

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
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 - UT Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering will present student awards and students will provide the program for our April 2010 meeting. Traditionally, two student teams are chosen from CBE 411 projects class to present their research or design projects. The teams this year include:

· Allan Long, "Analysis of the dynamics of lipid droplets in fission yeast."

· Ben Renner, “Simulation of Complex Fluids: The search for high fidelity, coarse grained models”.

This is an excellent opportunity to see the types of research young chemical engineers are performing. As in previous years the audience will be given the opportunity to determine the winning presentation. The winners of the competition will be recognized during the banquet.

In additional the Outstanding student and Baccaulaureate awardees will be recognized. This year’s winners are Okan Serpersu – Outstanding student awardee and Christopher Renner – Outstanding Baccaulaureate awardee.

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 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mr. Gary Golden
Electric Power Research Institute
Solar Augmented Steam Cycles

Location: Calhouns, 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 - Mr. Gary Golden, Electric Power Research Institute, Solar Augmented Steam Cycles

Abstract - A discussion of various thermal solar technologies used in the augmentation of steam cycles in the production of electrical power will be presented. The talking points for the discussion include the following:

· Thermal Solar technologies
o Parabolic Trough
o Power Tower
o Compact Linear Fresnel

· Augmentation of Power Plants using Thermal Solar
o Combined Cycle (Majority)
o Coal Fired (Light)

· List of ongoing projects / Demonstration project

· Photos from Thermal Solar plants visited

Bio - Gary Golden is a Senior Project Manager for EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Generation and Nuclear Sectors specializing in Steam Turbines, Generators and Auxiliaries. He also helps with other EPRI Programs including renewable energy and support of utility improvement of power efficiency, power plant outage management, process and safety. He recently has been the Technical Manager of Solar Augmented Steam Cycle for retrofitting existing fossil fuel plants with Thermal Solar technology.

Prior to joining EPRI he was a design engineer at Black & Veatch, Burns and McDonnell and ESC. His engineering background includes designing and testing power plants all over the world. His ME Degree is from The University of Missouri and he is a member of Phi theta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma. As an engineer, he has won the EPRI Chauncey Star Award in 2006 and 2007, the Marmaduke Award and the Riley Woodson Award in 1994.

Gary serves ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) Power Division as a Turbine Generators and Auxiliaries committee vice-chairman and the International Relations Chairman. He is the Vice-Chair for the ASME Oak Ridge, TN Section and was the Kansas City ASME Section Chairman and Director for years. He has served ASME on the national level as the Region VII Council of Engineering /Council of Membership Affairs coordinator throughout the mid-west and Canada and has participated with Performance Test Code committees writing codes. Mr. Golden teaches courses on steam turbines generators and auxiliaries for ASME.

Gary has over 34 years experience in the Mechanical and Engineering fields. Prior to his engineering career he worked as an industrial production mechanic and maintenance supervisor. He started his career in the 1970’s as a crew chief and flight engineer on C-130s aircraft in the United States Air Force. While in the United States Air Force, he was honorably discharged and had received the Good Conduct Medal, Outstanding Unit Award and Longevity Service Award.

More importantly Gary is a family man with wife Nancy, son Keith, daughter Melinda Rush, son-in-law Rick Rush and grandson Vaughan Rush. He enjoys outdoor activities including fly-fishing. He is an Eagle Scout and a fourth degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.

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