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September 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dr. Claus Daniel
Deputy Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program at ORNL
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Tour (US Citizens Only)

Location: National Transportation Research Center, 2360 Cherahala Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932
Cost: Individual pay
Schedule:
5:00 p.m. Executive Committee meeting– NTRC conference room CC01-C (all members welcome)
5:30 p.m. Program - Dr. Claus Daniel, Deputy Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program at ORNL - NTRC Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Tour (US Citizens Only)
6:45 p.m. Dinner - Don Gallo – Hardin Valley – Order from menu

Abstract - The September 19, 2013 meeting will feature a tour of the US Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s National Transportation Research Center (NTRC). The MDF (http://web.ornl.gov/sci/manufacturing/mdf.shtml) provides a collaborative, shared infrastructure to help U.S. industry adopt energy efficient, flexible manufacturing technologies to lower production cost, increase manufacturing energy efficiency, and create new products and opportunities for high-paying jobs. The MDF is the first such capability established by the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office to provide industry with affordable and convenient access to facilities, tools and expertise to facilitate rapid deployment of advanced manufacturing processes and materials. Access to ORNL’s expertise and world-leading capabilities in material synthesis, characterization, and process technology is available through the MDF Technical Collaborations Program which is designed to assist manufacturing industries to implement new manufacturing concepts and methods. The scope of MDF Technical Collaborations is focused on additive manufacturing and carbon fiber and composites, but also includes other advanced manufacturing concepts consistent with ORNL strengths.

The meeting will also highlight ORNL activities to introduce the next generation of engineers to the next generation of manufacturing by working with student teams from regional high schools to create prototypes, components, and working systems to support entries in the FIRST Robotics Competition, a nationwide event that promotes science and engineering among high school students.

Bio - Claus Daniel is the Deputy Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program at ORNL, Founding Director of ORNL's Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility, and Joint Faculty with the University of Tennessee's Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. Dr. Daniel is a materials scientist, focusing on thin film structures, mechanical and functional properties, and laser treatment. He holds a PhD from the Saarland University and two M.S., one from the Saarland University and the other from the Lorraine Polytechnic Institute. Claus was identified as one of Knoxville’s rising young leaders in the The Greater Knoxville Business Journal's 40 under 40 (http://www.knoxnews.com/40-under-40/2012/).

Attendees should show up at the front of NTRC at 5:30 pm and assemble in the lobby of the National Transportation Research Center, 2360 Cherahala Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932. The NTRC is off Hardin Valley Road, just east of Pellissippi Parkway. Directions to NTRC may be found at http://www.ntrc.gov/visiting.shtml.

The NTRC tour is available to US Citizens only. If you plan to attend, you must be on the attendance list by Friday, Sept. 13 to allow time to process badges. Note: DOE, ORNL, and Y12 visitors can use their badges; however, NTRC will still need each participant’s name, title, citizenship, and company because of the requirement to register and track all visitors to the MDF.

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October 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bill Partridge
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Da Vinci Fuel-in-Oil

Location: Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, 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 - Dr. Bill Partridge, Distinguished Research Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Da Vinci Fuel-in-Oil

Abstract – A major goal of the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE, is to promote the development of fuel-efficient and clean transportation technologies. As a DOE laboratory, ORNL performs broad-based research related to national energy security, and the ORNL Fuels, Engines & Emissions Research Center (FEERC) specifically focuses on efficient transportation technologies. Dr. Partridge’s team within FEERC has developed a range of diagnostics for enabling practical advances in automotive efficiency across a wide range of technologies including combustion uniformity, EGR & intake system design, catalysis, fueling protocols and engine-system control and calibration. The presentation will highlight several of these R&D100-Award-winning diagnostics with focus on their practical applications.

Bio - Bill Partridge is Distinguished Research Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Fuels Engines and Emissions Research Center. Over the past twenty five years he has developed numerous advanced analytical techniques for transient species and temperature distributions, and has applied these for broad research application including automotive catalysis and combustion, fuel reformers, PEM fuel cells, non-thermal plasma reactors, convective cooling and biological photodynamic therapy. He has numerous publications and several patents related to these diagnostics, and led development of the SpaciMS and Fuel-in-Oil diagnostics, which have been commercialized and were recognized with 2008 and 2013 R&D100 Awards as being among the top 100 technology products of the year. Dr. Partridge was recognized as Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s 2008 Distinguished Engineer for his sustained and innovative developments that have substantially improved the knowledge base of engine, aftertreatment, and fuel-cell systems, and received the 2010 Outstanding Mentor Award from the United States Department of Energy Office of Science for his work with students and post-graduates. He has many ongoing national and international university collaborations focused on catalyst, engines and combustion research, and developing the next-generation engineers and researchers.

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November 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lee Bzorgi
Y-12 National Security Complex
Tour of the National Security Technology Center (NSTC) at the Y-12 New Hope Center; 602 Scarboro Road Oak Ridge Tennessee 37831

Location: El Cantarito Mexican Restaurant
191 S Tulane Ave.
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-0090
Cost: $15
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Menu
7:00 p.m. Program - Lee Bzorgi, Y-12 National Security Complex, Tour of the National Security Technology Center (NSTC) at the Y-12 New Hope Center



Tour Restrictions:
1. Must be a US Citizen.
2. No Laptop Computers.
3. Personal Cell Phones are OK, No Pictures, Please.

Abstract - The National Security Technology Center was established in 2005 to support safe¬guards and security and the Department of Homeland Security. NSTC develops, dem¬onstrates and deploys security technologies and products at the Y-12 Na¬tional Security Complex for use at Y-12 and at other government agencies. NSTC also can tap into the expertise and technology at Y-12 to turn just about any tech¬nology into reality—from concept to implementation. NSTC engages world-class equipment and exper¬tise available at Y-12 to quickly move security technologies from vision to prototype to licensing. During the tour, Mr. Bzorgi will show and demonstrate current applications for:

• Access Rate Control System
• Chemical Agent Detector/Interrogator
• Omni Jaw-5™
• Improvised Explosive Device Route Planning Software
• Integrated Route, Risk, Resource, Analysis and Allocation Model
• SPECS—Stowable Portable Emergency Casualty Support

Bio - Mr. Bzorgi is the Director of the National Security Technology Center (NSTC) and a Senior Technical Advisor at the Y-12 National Security Complex (2001-present). He previously served as the Principal Discipline Engineer with Bechtel National Inc. (1985-2001). Mr. Bzorgi was responsible for the invention and design of various material handling systems, robotic systems, and unique facilities. He has designed products for all branches of the military. In 1997 Mr. Bzorgi designed one of the largest high-pressure compressor stations in the country for NASA at Huntsville, Alabama. This station replaced the original station designed by Wernher Von Braun. Fariborz “Lee” Bzorgi has a Master of Science, Engineering and a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale.

Relevant Experience & Awards:
In 2010 Mr. Bzorgi received the Innovation Valley Technology Council’s inaugural Pathfinder Research Entrepreneur of the Year award. He also was winner of the 2007 R&D 100 Award for the Rapid Deployment Shelter System an ISO based shelter, patented in 2006. In 2003 Popular Science Magazine published an article about Mr. Bzorgi titled “DOE’s Gadget Guru”. He was also selected as winner of the 1998 and 1999 “Technological Achievement Award” for the American Museum of Science & Energy for “Solar Remediation System”, patented in 1999. Mr.Bzorgi was nominated as a member of Institute for Regulatory Science’s review committee and is author of a book entitled “Summary of Remotely Operated Systems”. Among his many inventions and patents are: “Delayed Latching Mechanism”, Invented in 2012; “Access Rate Control System” (ARCS), patented in 2010; “SysChipTM”, invented in 2006; “D-Clip”, invented in 2007; “Pipe Cutting System”, invented in 2000; “Voice Recognition Control Module”, invented in 1999; and “Self-Adjusting Extraction Nozzle”, Patented in 1998.

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December 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Michael hollander
Innovative Design, Inc.
High Speed Laser Scanning for 3-D Documentation

Location: Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Menu
7:00 p.m. Program - Michael hollander, Innovative Design, Inc., - High Speed Laser Scanning for 3-D Documentation

Abstract - The Faro Focus3D scanner uses laser technology to produce incredibly detailed 3D images of complex environments and large scale geometries in only a few minutes. The resulting image is an assembly of millions of 3D measurement points that provide an exact digital reproduction of existing conditions.

The scan produces a “point cloud” image that enables precision modeling in 3D CAD software. From the 3D model, 2D drawings are then developed for fabrication and construction. During the process of gathering measurement data using older manual methods, the odds of missing a critical measurement were enormous. The need for intensive and costly time in the field is eliminated, plus the risk of human error is greatly reduced.

Additionally, the use of laser scanning technology and the resulting CAD drawings offers a cost effective method for producing “as-built” drawings and meeting the requirements for maintaining configuration management at regulated facilities. This is especially important since in recent years companies have reduced design support staff and not maintained current records of changes to the process.

Bio - Mr. Hollander, with over 45 years experience in engineering consulting and the chemical industry, is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Innovative Design, Inc. His experience includes over 25 years of Process Engineering Management, Operations Management, and Environmental Management for companies such as Merck, Engelhard, Union Carbide and Carpenter Co. and over 20 years of consulting engineering for Environmental Management Solutions, IT Corp, Dames & Moore and Wiley & Wilson. Mr. Hollander’s background additionally includes project management, chemical process engineering, environmental, health & safety and quality management systems consulting in the chemical, pulp & paper, pharmaceutical, metals, aerospace, automotive and nuclear industries. He has provided these consulting services for a number of prestigious clients including: Nuclear Fuel Services, US ITER, Kimberly Clark Corporation, ALCOA, Brunswick Corp, BASF, Goodrich Aerospace, Mobil Oil, Olin, US Air Force, ALCAN and more.

A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Mr. Hollander holds a BE in Chemical Engineering; he is also a Registered Professional Engineer. In his spare time, he has held position as a Course Instructor and Lead Auditor for ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 Certifications and has even served as an Adjunct Professor at Chattanooga State College teaching courses in Chemical Engineering Technology for the new Polysilicone Facility being built by Wacker Chemical in Cleveland, TN.

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January 2014 - Joint Meeting with SWE
Thrusday, January 16, 2014

Dr. Sharon Robinson
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Opportunities in Chemical Engineering Being Created by New US Shale Gas Supplies

Location: Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Menu
7:00 p.m. Program - Dr. Sharon Robinson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Opportunities in Chemical Engineering Being Created by New US Shale Gas Supplies

Abstract - Recent technical breakthroughs in extraction techniques have allowed the combination of hydraulic fracturing with long horizontal wells to enable the release of unconventional hydrocarbon sources. The ability to tap into these previously unreachable shale gas resources has completely transformed the US natural gas and crude oil supply and demand outlook. These recent technology breakthroughs have resulted in natural gas production in the United States increasing by 25% over the last 5 years, largely due to shale gas production. New US natural gas supplies are playing a key role in “turbocharging” US manufacturing over the next 10 to 20 years, creating an industrial renaissance. This presentation will summarize potential opportunities in chemical engineering that could arise as a result of new shale gas production.

Bio - Sharon Robinson has thirty one years’ experience working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She has held a number of positions at ORNL ranging from research to program planning to management in technical areas of nuclear and fossil energy, energy efficiency, and environmental management. At the present she is senior staff member supporting environmental management, nuclear materials management, and nuclear fuel cycle programs for the Department of Energy. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1980. She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 1985 and 1992, respectively. She has been active within AIChE throughout her career: Fellow (2009), Robert E. Wilson Award (2009), Executive Board Programming Committee (2009), Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council (2009 – Present), Research and New Technologies Committee (Chair 2007 – 2008, Vice-Chair 2005 - 2006), National Officers Nominating Committee (2012), Ambassador Program (2007-2008 & 2008 – 2009), Spring Task Force (2007 – Present), Education Division Formation Committee (2008), Alternative Energy Committee (2008 – 2009), Separations Division (Director 2000 – 2003), Nuclear Engineering Division, Center for Waste Reduction Technologies, and Knoxville – Oak Ridge Chapter (Director 1993 – 1994, 2004 – 2006, 2009, 2011 - 2012).

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February 2014 - Joint Meeting with ANS
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dr. W. David Pointer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Advanced Modeling and Simulation for Nuclear Energy: The End of the Era of Experiments?

Location: Calhouns on the River, Knoxville TN
Cost: $25
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Social (cas bar provided)
6:30 p.m. Dinner buffet - Mixed spring green Italian style salad, Baked ziti with beef in marinara sauce topped with cheese, Chicken Parmesan, Rosemary and parsley mashed spuds, Steamed green beans with roasted red peppers, Freshly baked yeast rolls, Italian cream cake
7:00 p.m. Program - Dr. W. David Pointer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Advanced Modeling and Simulation for Nuclear Energy: The End of the Era of Experiments?

Abstract - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program develops advanced simulation tools to support the development of advanced reactors, fuels, and supporting fuel cycles. The NEAMS ToolKit is an integrated suite of multi-physics simulation tools that leverage high-performance computing to enable high-fidelity, high-resolution analysis of proposed advanced reactor and fuel designs.

The objectives of this development effort are
• To reduce margins resulting from predictive uncertainty by using mechanistic models and high-fidelity simulation methods to increase accuracy and bridge gaps in experimental data and operating experience;
• To enable designers to reduce design margins by providing tools that eliminate the need for geometric simplifications and material homogenization in simulations and limit dependence on engineering correlations that have a small range of applicability; and
• To introduce opportunities for a new level of global optimization of the reactor/fuel system, especially for new reactor or fuel concepts, through integrated (concurrent or hierarchal) predictions of reactor and fuel performance.

With such powerful predictive tools nearly in hand are new experiments even needed?

Bio - W. David Pointer (PhD, NE, University of Tennessee, 2001) is an engineering research staff member of the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he specializes in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and heat transfer, experimental fluid dynamics and heat transfer, and nuclear reactor safety. He leads the development of the Reactor Product Line components of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Toolkit for advanced reactor performance and safety analyses.

Dr. Pointer is a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and is a Past President of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN).

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March 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Moonis Ally
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
How Practical is the Ground as an Energy Resource?

Location: Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Menu items
7:00 p.m. Program - Moonis Ally, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - How Practical is the Ground as an Energy Resource?
Abstract - If you have wondered how practical it may be to extract thermal energy from the ground to heat your home and to provide hot water for domestic consumption, then this presentation may be of interest to you. Renewable energy resources are abundant, but developing technologies that make practical sense is an exciting challenge. Current technology has improved to the point where better than 70% of space heating and water heating energy can be provided efficiently from the ground. This means lower energy bills for the consumer, less dependence on electricity, and a cleaner environment. Ground source heat pumps that have integrated functions are gaining wider acceptance in the U.S as well as in Europe because they are a practical technology option to reduce source energy reduction and greenhouse emission under the IECC 2012 Standard, as well as the EU 2020 target of generating over 25% of heat consumed in the EU from renewable sources. A summary of the recent research done by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory shall be presented that will give the audience a better appreciation of the significance of this technology for the average consumer, and its future widespread adoption. Technical details will cover efficiency metrics, and above all, how much energy can be extracted for practical use?

Bio - M. R. Ally has a Ph.D in chemical engineering with 32 years of experience in energy conservation, thermodynamics applied to heat pumps, engines, and chemical processes. His recent focus has been on the development of integrated heat pumps (vapor compression technology) and the use of chemical sorption processes for utilizing renewable energy resources. His theoretical work in electrolyte solutions and tropospheric and stratospheric aerosols are recent developments in nucleation theory and applications to atmospheric sciences. Dr. Ally is recognized in American Men and Women of Science, and is the recipient of several awards, including Technology Transfer Award, the RD-100 Award, Inventor of the Year, Technical Achievement Awards, Discover Magazine Award, Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award. His hobbies include bicycling, amateur radio, music, and reading.

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April 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Student Awards Banquet
UT Under Graduate Student Project Teams
2014 UT Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Awards Dinner

Location: Calhoun's on the River, Knoxville, TN - Upstairs banquet room
Cost: $20
Schedule:
6:00 p.m. Cash Bar in CBE Banquet Area
6:30 p.m. Program - UT Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Awards Banquet
7:30 p.m. Dinner - Menu




Abstract - The annual UT Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering student awards banquet will be held at Calhoun’s on the River on April 10, 2014. 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.

RSVP to Rita Gray (rgray22@utk.edu) by Thursday, April 3, 2014

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April 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Keith Jackson
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I)
Control Strategies to Reduce Mercury Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Location: Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN
Cost: $20
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Menu items
7:00 p.m. Program - Kevin Jackson, Regulatory Specialist with CB&I, Control Strategies to Reduce Mercury Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Abstract - Recent regulatory initiatives have focused on reducing mercury (Hg) emissions from coal fired power plants. An example is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Mercury and Air Toxics (MAT) standard that applies to the electric power generating industry. Under this regulation, existing power plants firing bituminous coal must meet an Hg emission limit of 1.2 lb/TBtu, which is very low. When complying with limits this low, chemical interactions often occur within the air pollution control system that necessitate facility-specific solutions. One such example is Hg re-emission from flue gas desulfurization (FGD) units, which is a chemical phenomenon that can occur once Hg is initially scrubbed into the FGD scrubber liquor. This presentation focuses on Hg re-emissions, and includes an overview of current technologies used to control Hg emissions in the power industry, Hg monitoring methodologies, and some of the problems the industry has experienced in achieving compliance. CB&I’s (Chicago Bridge & Iron Company) Power Group routinely designs and installs a variety of Hg control technologies for the power industry, and CB&I’s Integrated Emissions Solutions Development (IESD) Group offers two such technologies. These include the patented EMO® process for the oxidation of Hg; and Mercury Re-emission Prevention Chemical (HgRPC), a proprietary chemical used to prevent Hg re-emissions. These same technologies, including HgRPC, can be applied in similar industrial applications.

Bio - Kevin Jackson is a regulatory specialist with CB&I, Knoxville, TN. He received a Chemical Engineering degree from Oklahoma State University, and is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Louisiana. Mr. Jackson routinely works with both internal and external clients to assess air pollution control technology alternatives and to provide permitting, compliance, and litigation support. He has also coordinated numerous regulatory and engineering emission performance tests (e.g., East Tennessee Technology Park K-25 TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) Incinerator Trial Burn). He currently works with the ISED Group of CB&I in Knoxville, TN, developing CB&I’s EMO® and HgRPC technologies. Since 1990 he has worked in Knoxville with the CB&I legacy companies Shaw Environmental, Inc., and IT Corporation. Prior to moving to Knoxville, Mr. Jackson was a process engineer for the Jacobs Engineering Group, Baton Rouge, La (1984-1990).

 
 
May 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dr. C. Stuart Daw
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
How Caves Played a Key Role in One of the First Biochemical Industries in the U.S.

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: $10
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 - Dr. C. Stuart Daw, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, How Caves Played a Key Role in One of the First Biochemical Industries in the U.S.

Abstract - Ever since its development in the early 20th century, the Haber-Bosch process has been the primary source of chemically stabilized nitrogen compounds. This is especially true for propellants and explosives, almost all of which are based on oxides of nitrogen, which supply the oxidizing component of their chemical energy. In earlier centuries however, nitrogen oxides, in the form of nitrates, were derived primarily from natural biological sources, including bird guano and cave soils. The latter source in fact played a strategic role in U.S. history during both the War of 1812 and the Civil War. In this presentation, Stuart Daw will give an overview of the biochemical processes that produce nitrates in cave soils and how these resources were heavily exploited for commercial and military purposes in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries. Stuart will also describe the physical and chemical processes used to extract the raw nitrates from caves and convert them to refined saltpeter for gunpowder. The production of gunpowder from cave soils reached its zenith the U.S. Civil War, when the Confederacy launched its own version of the Manhattan Project to construct a massive powder works near Augusta, Georgia. Although cave nitrates are no longer commercially exploited for producing explosives and propellants, the story of the strategic role they played in American history provides an interesting perspective on the emergence of the U.S. chemical industry.

Bio - Dr. C. Stuart Daw is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has been employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for 35 years, where he currently serves as a UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow. He is also an Adjunct Professor in both Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. His major current interests include chemical reaction engineering, combustion, emissions controls, and thermochemical biomass conversion. For the past 10 years Dr. Daw has coordinated the Crosscut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulation (CLEERS) activity for DOE’s Office of Vehicle Technologies, which involves a broad-ranging collaboration among national labs, universities, and industry to accelerate the development of fuel efficient emissions controls for transportation. He also recently initiated a similar collaborative project in computational biomass conversion among national labs for DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Besides his professional interests, Dr. Daw is a long-time member of the National Speleological Society, the main technical society in the U.S. devoted to scientific exploration and research of caves. He is currently a co-coordinator of the Cave Research Foundation Cumberland Gap Cave Research Project.

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