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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.
July 5 - No ETEC, Happy 4th of July!

July 12 - Tom Drye, Techmer PM

July 19 - Jim Bolon, Isotek Systems, LLC

July 26 - Board of Directors (All members and guests are welcome.)


On July 4 and 5 ETEC's office will be closed for the Fourth of July. Have a safe and fun holiday!

July 10 - ETEC After Hours Summer Mixer
July 11 - Launch TN: SBIR Lunch and Learn
July 18 - East Tennessee Workforce Summit 2019
July 18 - YWCA Knoxville: Talk and Toast with Edwena Crowe
July 23 - PTAC: SBIR/STTR Technology & Commercialization Forum: A Focus on DOD Research

Aug 8 - TSBDC: How to do business with the government
Aug 15 - TSBDC: Business Planning
Aug 23 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar
Aug 27 - ETEC’s Nuclear Supplier’s Workshop

ETEC After Hours: Summer Mixer

Don't forget...The next ETEC After Hours event is on Wednesday, July 10th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Country Club. Join us for this casual and fun event. We will be mixing with the Young Professionals of Anderson County. This free event will feature networking, a cash bar, and snacks.

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Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

Early bird registration NOW available through July 19.
Join us for the 3rd annual Nuclear Suppliers Workshop on Tuesday, August 27th at Y-12's New Hope Center. This one day event is focused on manufacturing opportunities around small modular reactors, next generation nuclear technology, nuclear medicine, and national security programs. There will be a reception held the evening prior as part of the event.

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ETEC Awards: Call for Nominations

ETEC is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal. Submissions should include a letter to the selection committee containing specific reasons for the nomination along with the nominee’s resume and bio. Detailed criteria can be found on the ETEC website. Nominations will be accepted through August 16, 2019, and may be submitted online, by email, or through the mail.

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How to Throw a More Climate-Friendly BBQ

July 4th is the day that everyone, and we mean 87% of Americans, plan to rev up their grills. As a kid, I loved the easy nature of our barbecues. But I also remember the clouds of smoke billowing from the grill that never quite went away. According to a study by ORNL, when both gas grills and charcoal grills burn for an hour, gas grills release 5.3 pounds of carbon dioxide compared to charcoal grills 11 pounds.
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AI Presents Host of Ethical Challenges for Healthcare

While artificial intelligence has tremendous potential for revolutionizing healthcare delivery, there are many possible pitfalls and ill-intended uses of this powerful technology. Georgia Tourassi, director of the Health Data Sciences Institute at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. testified before a House committee hearing on AI’s societal and ethical implications.
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New UTK Dean of Engineering Brings Work Experience with Industry

Janis Terpenny, professor and Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and head of the Penn State Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, has announced that she will join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, effective July 15, 2019. She will serve as the Wayne T. Davis Endowed Dean’s Chair and dean of the Tickle College of Engineering.
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NNSA, BWXT Subsidiary to Negotiate Contract for Uranium Metal Conversion

The National Nuclear Security Administration intends to award BWX Technologies subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services a sole-source contract to purify highly enriched uranium and convert it into metal for nuclear weapons programs. The NNSA will need Nuclear Fuel Services to step in around 2023, when the semiautononmous DOE agency plans to shut down existing uranium purification systems in Building 9212 at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
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Workers Recover Mercury, Prevent Future Release

Crews have recovered more than a ton of mercury from an aging facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex, marking another EM project that has prevented a release of the element into the environment. EM teams successfully removed the mercury from tanks in the Column Exchange equipment on the east side of Y-12’s Alpha-4 building. Last year, cleanup contractor UCOR collected nearly 3.5 tons of mercury from this equipment on the building’s west side. The latest effort boosted EM's total mercury removal in the facility to more than 4.6 tons.
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Cadre5 Growing While Staying Focused

“I wanted to create a company where software engineers thrive,” Steve Hicks, one of the Co-Founders of Cadre5, says of the company that was launched in 1999. By all accounts, the President and CEO, and his two remaining Co-Founders–Ken Lowery and Chris O’Neal–have achieved that goal. They have 60 employees and all but one of their clients is in the federal sector. "We have near zero turnover,” Hicks said. In addition to the multi-year nature of the work, he also cites the fact that the projects are interesting and engineers are able to use the latest technologies.
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Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to TS117 Modern Coworking for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in July

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