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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 26 - U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn

August 2 - Pellissippi State Motorsports Club

August 9 - ORNL's Innovation Crossroads

August 16 - Ken Rueter, UCOR


Aug 7 - MCLinc Open House
Aug 8 - TSBDC: How to do business with the government
Aug 13 - UCOR/PSTCC: Small Business Diversity Summit
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

Make Plans to Join Us

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. TNominations may be submitted online, by email, or through the mail.

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East TN School Could be First Middle School to Send Satellite into Space

East Tennessee’s connection to space exploration is continuing with the next generation. Robertsville students are making progress to become the first middle school in the nation to send a cubesat into space. A cubesat is a miniature satellite used for space research.
Students are in the final stages of progression from using 3-D printed plastic prototypes to working with space-age materials. The Robertsville Rams’ so-called Ramsat will help study regrowth of forests in the Smokies from space.
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Rita Baranwal's Vision for the Future of Nuclear Energy

Dr. Rita Baranwal is the new assistant secretary for nuclear energy, making her the first woman to lead this office at U.S. DOE. A strong advocate for nuclear energy, she brings more than 20 years of experience in the nuclear field and takes over a $1.3 billion portfolio to promote the research and development of current and advanced nuclear technologies. One of her top priorities is to have something like a micro-reactor or small modular reactor built by 2025 to show this country and the rest of the world that the U.S. is still a powerhouse in this arena.
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ORNL Crop 2019

ORNL Scientists Make Fundamental Discovery to Creating Better Crops

A team of scientists led by the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the specific gene that controls an important symbiotic relationship between plants and soil fungi, and successfully facilitated the symbiosis in a plant that typically resists it. The discovery could lead to the development of bioenergy and food crops that can withstand harsh growing conditions, resist pathogens and pests, require less chemical fertilizer and produce larger and more plentiful plants per acre.
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UCOR Helps Develop Next Generation of Cleanup Workers

DOE Environmental Management’s cleanup contractor at the Oak Ridge Site is helping develop the next generation of workers by leading or collaborating on numerous programs to ensure future cleanup is met with a capable, safety-conscious workforce. UCOR’s comprehensive workforce development approach begins in elementary schools and continues through higher education, technical training, and apprenticeships.
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NNSA Awards Cooperative Agreements for Mo-99 Production

DOE/NNSA has completed negotiations for three cooperative agreement awards for the production of molybdenum-99 without the use of highly enriched uranium. Congress appropriated $40 million for these awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and $20 million in FY 2019 and directed the Department to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement to competitively award cooperative agreements. Read more

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Mac5 Technical Services Provides R&D to Clients

Tom Ballard, chief alliance officer at PYA spoke with leaders of Mac 5, a long time ETEC member... "The camaraderie is distinctive as these colleagues, all with rich histories in Oak Ridge, talk about their work today under the Mac5 Technical Services LLC banner. 'What we’re doing is a game-changer for one manufacturing industry,' says Richard Macon, President of Mac5, the company includes three PhD researchers with nearly 110 years of experience in the R&D area."
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Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to TS117 Modern Coworking for sponsoring
the Friday morning meetings in July. Check out their Five Dollar Fridays.

New Member

ETEC would like to welcome King University as a new member.

Founded in 1867, King University (originally King College) is a Presbyterian-affiliated Christian academic community dedicated to the integration of rigorous academic programming and the exploration of faith. The University establishes students in a robust liberal arts foundation and offers specialization in a contemporary range of degrees at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral levels. King University's local campus is located in the Hardin Valley Community of Knoxville.

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