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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 19 - Jim Bolon, Isotek Systems, LLC

July 26 - U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn

August 2 - Pellissippi State Motorsports Club

August 9 - ORNL's Innovation Crossroads


July 18 - East Tennessee Workforce Summit 2019
July 18 - YWCA Knoxville: Talk and Toast with Edwena Crowe
July 18 - ETPA: Annual Business Matching & Tradeshow
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 15 - KTech Launch Event (Knoxville Technology Council)
Aug 23 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar
Aug 27 - ETEC’s Nuclear Supplier’s Workshop

Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

Early Bird Registration Closes This Friday... Register NOW!

The 2019 Nuclear Suppliers Workshop is focused on supply opportunities for advanced nuclear reactors, nuclear fuels, additive manufacturing for nuclear, and nuclear medicine.


  • The 2019 event begins with an opening reception on the evening of Monday, August 26, at Calhoun’s on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge.
  • Attendees will have opportunities to attend breakout session(s) for a more informal dialogue with industry representatives.
  • Opportunity to tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility to see advances in additive manufacturing and how those are being applied to future nuclear applications.
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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 may be submitted online, by email, or through the mail.

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U.S. to Extend Nuclear Reactor Lifespans in Bid to Revive Industry

The United States plans to extend the lifespans of existing nuclear reactors and support new technologies as it seeks to revive an industry seen as crucial to its energy security, a senior U.S. official said recently. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette told an International Energy Agency conference on nuclear and hydrogen in Paris that both technologies were crucial for reducing carbon emissions and boosting energy security. Most U.S. reactors already have seen their licenses extended to 60 years from 40 years.
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NRC Sets Hearing on Oak Ridge Site for SMRs

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a hearing for an application for a site in west Oak Ridge where small modular nuclear reactors could be built. The hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, at the NRC in Rockville, Maryland. The NRC will discuss an early site permit application submitted by the Tennessee Valley Authority for the Clinch River Nuclear Site. TVA has proposed using the 935-acre site, which is along the Clinch River south of the former K-25 site to build two or more small modular reactors.
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The Titan Supercomputer Decommissioning

The old gives way to new at Oak Ridge National Lab. The Titan supercomputer is being replaced by Frontier, and it's a super-sized task. A supercomputer deployed in 2012 is going into retirement after seven years of hard work, but the task of decommissioning it is not trivial. The Cray XK7 “Titan” supercomputer at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is scheduled to be decommissioned on August 1 and disassembled for recycling.
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National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

AHF, Nat. Museum of Nuclear Science & History Forge Partnership

With an agreement signed on June 28, 2019, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History are forging a new partnership to preserve the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age. This significant agreement will ensure that the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s extensive collection of oral histories, interpretive vignettes, and articles about the Manhattan Project and its legacy will remain available to the public for the foreseeable future.
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DOE Announces $121M for Small Business Research, Development Grants

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 113 grants totaling $121 million to 103 small businesses in 29 states. Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development. The median Phase II award is $1,050,000 for a period of two years.
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Rickey McCallum Named VP at UT Research Park

Rickey McCallum has been named a Vice President of the University of Tennessee Research Park, according to Tom Rogers, the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer. The former Associate Director for Industry Engagement and Strategic Research Partnerships in UT’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Engagement served in that role for five years before he joined the UT Research Park team on July 1.
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Meeting Sponsor

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

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