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Upcoming Friday Programs

All meetings occur from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the UT Outreach Center unless otherwise noted.
February 1 - Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast (7:30-9:00 am, $30, in Blount County, Register)

February 8 - Dr. Thomas Zacharia, ORNL

February 15 - Dr. Padma Raghavan, Vanderbilt University

February 22 - Board of Directors (All members and guests are welcome to attend.)


Feb. 1 - Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast 2019
Feb. 11-13 - National 8(a) Association: 2019 Small Business Conference
Feb. 14 - TSBDC: Small business start-up seminar
Feb. 20 - TSBDC: Government Contracting- 101-102 What’s Next?
Feb. 21 - ORNL Small Business Proposal Workshop
Feb. 22 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar
Feb. 22-23 - 2019 Tennessee Science Bowl
Feb. 25 - Patent 101 & Tech Transfer at UT

Mar. 1-3 - What’s the Big Idea? 11th Annual Pitch Competition
Mar. 3-7 - Waste Management Symposia
Mar. 6 - 2019 Small Business Industry Day
Mar. 21 - TSBDC: Business Planning
Mar. 29 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar


Siemens and labs

Siemens, Nat. Labs Agree to Explore Joint Grid Modernization Co-Creation Facility

Siemens Corp., a global energy and technology leader, and three DOE national laboratories are teaming up to conduct integrated experiments within their respective research and development facilities to test and validate novel software and hardware technologies needed to strengthen and modernize the nation’s electric grid.
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DOE’S E4S Software Stack Takes an Extreme Step Towards Exascale

According to’s Nov. 2018 rankings, five of the top ten HPC systems in the world support advanced research at DOE. At the number one position, “Summit” system housed at ORNL offers theoretical peak performance above 200,000 teraflops with the underlying support of 2,397,824 processor cores. That benchmark represents a stunning achievement.
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As Local Water Costs Mount, TN Envir. Commissioner Seeks More Loan Funds

State environmental officials asked TN Gov. Bill Lee for more funding to repair and upgrade municipal water and sewer infrastructure. At a budget hearing, TDEC Commissioner David Salyers requested a nearly 50% increase in the amount the state loans to local utilities. Small towns across Tenn. struggle to maintain their aging drinking water and wastewater systems.
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Removal of Portals Another Step in Progress at ETTP

EM and cleanup contractor, UCOR, is demolishing the portals that once controlled access to the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant — literally and symbolically removing the barriers to the site’s future state. The demolition of these portals represents another major step toward EM’s vision for ETTP.
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EM Contractor Earns 97% of Fee for Yearlong Period

North Wind Solutions, which operates EM Oak Ridge’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center, earned nearly $383,000, or 97% of the available fee for the performance evaluation period of Oct. 27, 2017 through Oct. 26, 2018. OREM gave North Wind a “high confidence” rating for its cost and schedule performance.
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DOE Awards Task Order for Envir. Mgmt. Test Bed Initiative

DOE announced the award of a cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for the DOE EM Test Bed Initiative for Offsite Treatment and Disposal of Hanford Low Activity to Waste. The contract was awarded to Aerostar Perma-Fix TRU Services, LLC (APT Services, LLC), located in Oak Ridge, TN.
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Thank you to Atkins Nuclear Secured for sponsoring the meetings in January.


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