Knoxville - Oak Ridge Local Section
Calendar Archive 2004-2005

August 2004 - Fall Social
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Fall Social
Smokies Baseball Park

Location: Smokies Baseball Park
Cost: $16.00
Schedule: 5:45 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 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Dave Hill
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Energy and Prosperity

Location: Mandarin House, Downtown West (694-0350)
Cost: $12.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Extensive Chinese buffet
7:00 p.m. Program - Dr. David Hill, Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Engineering Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, "Energy & Prosperity"

Abstract - Energy usage and prosperity are inextricably interlinked; as are energy, national security and the environment. A short survey of the world energy picture will be given to place in context the totality of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory energy research and development programs. Future trends will also be discussed.

Bio - Dave Hill is the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Engineering Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He has held the position since February 2004. The Energy and Engineering Sciences Directorate executes over $250M of programs for a variety of government and industrial sponsors in every aspect of energy technology. He was previously Director of the Nuclear Science and Technology Division at ORNL. He came to ORNL from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in July 2002, where he was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of Engineering Research. He previously held positions at Argonne as Director, Reactor Analysis and Engineering Division; Director, Reactor Engineering Division; and Director, International Nuclear Safety Center.
An internationally acknowledged expert on nuclear reactor and fuel cycle issues, Dr. Hill has extensive experience in the area of international nuclear matters, working both with the countries of Western Europe and the countries of the Former Soviet Union, especially Russia. He was a member of the U.S. Department of Energy delegation for negotiations with the Russian Federation on proliferation-resistant fuel cycle technologies in 2000 and on advanced nuclear technologies in 2002. He is currently the chair of the Science Committee’s Working Party on Partitioning and Transmutation, a group within the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency. He represents the U.S. government as a member of the Nuclear Safety Advisory Group for the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization. He is also chair of the American Nuclear Society Special Committee on Isotope Assurance.
He was the recipient of the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne National Laboratory (1993) and the Argonne National Laboratory Director’s Award (1998).
Dr. Hill received his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University, in February 1974 and was the recipient of a Science Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Southampton from 1973 to 1976, where he conducted research in semiconductor physics. He then joined the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Winfrith in Dorset, United Kingdom. From 1980 to 1982, he worked with ANL, managing a joint U.S./U.K. experimental program on reactor safety known as PFR/TREAT. In 1983, he returned to Winfrith and ultimately joined ANL in 1984. He received an M.B.A. (Honors) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, in 1995.

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October 2004
Thursday, October 12, 2004

Gary Harris
Tennessee Valley Authority
Green Power/Wind Turbins

Location: Radisson401 Summit Hill Drive, 522-2600 (Directions – From I-40, take James White Pkwy exit, then take the Summit Hill Dr exit and turn right. Go through 3 traffic lights and the hotel is on the right. Parking is complimentary in the underground garage.
Cost: $15.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Grilled chicken breast, salad, vegetable, dessert
7:00 p.m. Program - Gary Harris, Manager of Marketing Initiatives TVA’s Green Power Switch Program

Gary is responsible for management of TVA’s Green Power Switch Program and Telecommunications & Energy Management Products Department. The Green Power Switch Program provides consumers in the Tennessee Valley the option to purchase clean energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and methane gas generation. This was the first green power program of its kind in the southeastern United States. The National Renewable Energy Lab has recognized Green Power Switch as one of the Top Ten Green Pricing Programs in the nation. Gary began his career with TVA in 1992 and has held management positions in TVA’s Regional Accounts, Energy Services, Marketing, Public Power Institute, Corporate Education, and Procurement and Strategic Planning organizations. Prior to TVA, Gary was a Petroleum Operations Manager with Chevron U.S.A. in California. Gary has over 22 years of combined management, staff and operations experience in the electric utility, oil, and natural gas industries which includes training as a safety and environmental engineer. Gary is a graduate of the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona, a graduate of the Syracuse University, Executive School of Sales Management and Marketing and a graduate of the UCLA Executive Engineering and Management Program. He is also a Certified Energy Manager. He has held several committee chairmanships with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Gary played football at the University of Arizona and the Canadian Football League.

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November 2004
Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Tom Busmann
New MACT Requirements for Boilers

Location: Catinella’s Bistro-Bakery, 1031 Summer Wood Rd, 670-9970 (Directions – Just off Middlebrook Pike, east of Cedar Bluff Rd, turn south at the red light (Intersection of Summer Wood Rd and Chert Pit Rd with Middlebrook)
Cost: $19.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Italian buffet with lasagna, chicken parmesan and eggplant parmigiana, plus salad, pasta, drinks, and dessert
7:00 p.m. Program - Thomas G. Busmann, Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boiler MACT
On February 26, 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a Final Rule for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters under 40 CFR 63 Subpart DDDDD. The rule was published in the Federal Register.on September 13, 2004. The regulations apply to new and existing boilers and process heaters located at facilities that are major sources and that use non-hazardous solid, liquid and gaseous fuels. The effective date of the regulation is 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Affected facilities will have approximately 3 years to compliant. This presentation will review the rule.

Bio - Tom Busmann is a principal with Focus Environmental Inc. and serves as Manager of Process Engineering. A PE in Tennessee and Michigan, he has 24 years experience in engineering for environmental management.

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December 2004
Thursday, December 7, 2004

John VanZyll
Diversified Product Inspections (DPI) Inc.
Consumer Forensic Investigations

Location: Cozymels Mexican Grill, 7727 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, (865) 694-9811 (Directions – Interstate 40 to West Town Mall Exit to Kingston Pike, turn west at the red light on Kingston Pike, turn right at next red light for access lane to Cozymels
Cost: per menu selection
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - from menu
7:00 p.m. Program - John VanZyll, Consumer Forensic Investigations
Abstract - Mr. VanZyll will speak about the manufacturing process of consumer products and equipment used in residential homes. Many products that are commonly used in a home are manufactured with materials that are incompatible for the service conditions designed. He will discuss how some of these products are “designed to fail.” John will present examples of these products (“show and tell”) including washing machine hoses, water control valves (solenoid valves) and surge protectors. Failure of a hose or valve can lead to extensive water damage to the home and furnishings. Guidance will be provided on what consumers can do to protect themselves from potential product failures.

Bio - John VanZyll currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Product Inspections (DPI) Inc., an Oak Ridge based company that specializes in forensic investigations. John is a cofounder of the company that was started in 1991, which subsequently went public in 2001. Mr. VanZyll has developed numerous test protocols and procedures for both product failure analysis and indoor air quality testing. Mr. VanZyll is a licensed Private Investigator and holds a number of certifications including; National Association of Investigative Specialist, Insurance Claim Investigation, and Advanced Fire Investigation Techniques. Mr. VanZyll has been involved in a number of class action product failure law suits including Masonite siding, Firestone tires, Louisiana Pacific siding, polybutylene pipe and fire retardant plywood (FRT).
DPI performs independent forensic investigations for the insurance industry in product liability cases. DPI receives evidence (failed products) from insurance companies and performs inspections including specific laboratory tests to determine original component manufacturer as well as root cause of failure. Specifically, DPI is tasked with determining if the product failed, how it failed, and who or what caused the failure. DPI has performed investigations on over 380,000 items in the 14 years since the company was formed.
Additional information on the services provided by Diversified Product Inspections can be found at the company's web site at

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January 2005 - Joint meeting with ANS
Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Don Spellman
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
MOX Fuel Program

Location: Mandarin House, Downtown West, Knoxville, TN
Cost: $11.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - From the menu
7:00 p.m. Program - Don Spellman, MOX Fuel Program

Abstract - The Department of Energy (DOE) issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Storage and Disposition of Weapons-Usable Fissile Materials, including surplus plutonium, on January 14, 1997. In that ROD, the Department decided to pursue a strategy for plutonium disposition that allows for irradiating up to 50 metric tons of the surplus plutonium as mixed oxide (MOX) fuel in existing reactors. ORNL had been supporting the formulation of this program since 1994. In the early stages several options were reviewed that might be used as a disposition option. In the ROD, existing reactors (PWR or BWR) were selected along with an option to immobilize some of the plutonium in ceramic form. The program was also set up to be a bilateral arrangement with the Russian Federation to dispose of like amounts of weapons-usable plutonium.
ORNL’s role over the years has been to provide technical expertise in concept evaluations, fuel development, fuel qualification, economic evaluations, design reviews, and a MOX test fuel experiment that will be the subject of this presentation.

Bio - Don Spellman joined ORNL in 1991 and has led a variety of programs since that time. Don came to ORNL from a 12-year career as a nuclear power plant consultant with Gas-Cooled Reactor Associates and Management Analysis Company and a 20-year career as a Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer. He joined the Plutonium Disposition Program in 1994 to lead the concept evaluation for the CANDU reactor as a disposition option. In 1997 – 1999, Don lead the ORNL support for the DOE procurement effort to contract with a U.S. consortium who would be tasked to design, construct, and operate a MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility and manage the effort with a commercial utility to modify, as necessary, reactors selected to burn the MOX fuel. This consortium, Duke, Cogema, Stone and Webster (DCS) was selected on May 19, 1999. At that point, Don then was put in charge of the management of the U.S. Domestic Reactor Disposition Program and Dr. David Moses was selected to lead the International Disposition Program.

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February 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Craig F. Moyer
Hershey, PA
It's Candy...How Hard Can It Be?

Location: Calhoun's Bearden Hill, 6515 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, (865) 673-3377
Cost: $17.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Italian buffet with lasagna, chicken parmesan and eggplant parmigiana, plus salad, pasta, drinks, and dessert
7:00 p.m. Craig F. Moyer, It's Candy...How Hard Can It Be?

The presenter takes a somewhat lighthearted look at the chemistry, physics and mechanics of manufacturing an American icon, the Hershey Kiss.
At first glance, the Hershey Kiss is simply a piece of chocolate candy. Further reflection, however, exposes a less than subtle shape which evolves from a single pointed tip flowing downward and outward and expanding through three dimensions toward curved shoulders to a perfectly flat two dimensional bottom. How does this complex geometrical shape come to be? Internal flow properties of chocolate, as influenced by the peculiarities of sugar, cocoa and milk protein particles suspended in a fat, cause chocolate to be anything but normal. The multi-crystalline nature of the fat and the desire to have a shelf stable product, necessitate processes which promote the growth of only the most stable fat crystals at the time when the shape is formed. This leads to the need for the fat and the other ingredients to have experienced a thermal treatment or history which selectively creates stable crystalline seed while melting out those less stable. Given this and a myriad of other attributes associated with the use of a variable raw material base, it’s hard to believe the intricate geometrical shape of a Hershey Kiss is simply the product of squirting a measure of chocolate onto a flat surface. Yet, to the laymen, that is how it has been done for almost 100 years.
Now here’s an idea. Let’s put an almond inside a Kiss.
After all, It’s Candy…How hard can it be???

Bio - Craig F. Moyer is Director, Capital Programs, Hershey Foods Corp. A Harrisburg, PA, native, Craig is a 1973 Chemical Engineering graduate of Northeastern University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. He has been with Hershey since 1973 and has held various responsible positions beginning in Quality Assurance and progressing through Product & Process Development as well as Project Engineering and Project Management.
In the early 1980's, Craig was the lead process design engineer and start up manager for an $80+ million grassroots confectionary manufacturing facility in Stuart's Draft, Virginia. Since 1983, he has held several Engineering Management positions within the Hershey organization. In 1989, Craig was named Project Manager for Hershey's $100+ million West Hershey chocolate manufacturing facility, in addition to his managerial responsibilities. From 1993 to 2002, he was responsible for corporate wide process engineering efforts in support of on-going plant operations, new product engineering and capital project design engineering. In 2002, Craig was named Director, Capital Programs, where he is currently responsible for planning and managing Hershey Foods’ $200 million annual capital program in support of the Corporation’s business growth initiatives.
Craig and his wife, Lois, live in Lawn, PA, where they enjoy road cycling (each trying to average 2000 miles per year), hiking, gardening, traveling and reading. His last book read is “John Adams” by David McCullough.

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March 2005 - Joint meeting with AWMA
Tuesay, March 15, 2005

John Cosgrove
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Making of Mead

Location: Naples, 5500 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, (865) 584-5033
Cost: $15.00
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee meeting (all members welcome)
6:00 p.m. Dinner - Fettuccini alfredo with chicken, manicotti, or lasagna, with salad, vegetable, drinks and dessert
7:00 p.m. Program - John Cosgrove, Making of Mead
Abstract - Three researchers from the Oak Ridge National Lab, John Cosgrove, Hal Jennings and Bill Chase, have come up with a new hobby. They make mead, also known as honeywine, at Shady Grove Meadery in Anderson County. Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known to man. Called Ambrosia by the ancient Greeks, it was believed to be the drink of the gods.
Considered by the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Norseman, Assyrians, Incas and Aztecs to have sacred and magical properties, it was also believed to prolong life and bestow health, strength, virility, wit and poetry.
The word "honeymoon," has its roots in mead. The old legend says when the bride and groom get married, it was up to the bride's family to provide the newlywed couple with one moon's worth of mead, and that would provide a fruitful union for their marriage.
Shady Grove Meadery makes seven different flavors of mead.

Bio - John Cosgrove is a researcher in the Nuclear Science and Technology Division of ORNL and co-founder of the Shady Grove Meadery.

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April 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Student Awards

Location: University Club, 2704 Kingston Pike (corner of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive), 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: Tossed salad, fruit salad, sliced roast beef, chicken parmesan, oven roasted potatoes, southern green beans, fresh rolls, red velevet cake, cheesecake, 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.
Hope to see you there.

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