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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.
December 6 - No Friday morning meeting, due to the ETEC Annual Awards Luncheon (Sold Out. Waitlist.)

December 13 - ETEC Member Business Meeting

December 20 - No ETEC, Merry Christmas

December 27 - No ETEC, Happy New Year


Dec 5 - TAEBC: Opportunities in Energy 2019
Dec 12 - East TN Robotics Foundation Event
Dec 17 - TSBDC: How to do Business with the Government

Jan 14 - TSBDC: Cyber Security Compliance Update – for Government Contractors
Jan 16 - TSBDC: From Win Strategy to Proposal
Jan 31 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar


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New ORNL Study Of Sustainable Fuels

A technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol. ORNL worked with technology licensee Vertimass and researchers at 10 other institutions on a technoeconomic and a life cycle sustainability analysis of the process—single-step catalytic conversion of ethanol into hydrocarbon blendstocks that can be added to jet, diesel, or gasoline fuels to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
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4 Ways Nuclear is Moving Beyond 'Traditional' Electricity

As the nuclear industry wraps up a challenging decade, advocates for the power source are weighing where to fit the next wave of reactors into a U.S. energy marketplace increasingly focused on carbon emissions. And they're not just planning to produce electricity. Nuclear developers are finding alternative uses, from hydrogen production to water desalination, for the next generation of smaller, more flexible and more efficient reactor concepts — should they earn regulatory approval.
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UT Adds Graduate Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is playing an ever-increasing role in the world’s economy, and UT is answering the call. The importance of this new method of production is reflected in additional classes devoted to the field as well as ongoing research. Seven of the prestigious UT–ORNL Governor’s Chairs, as well as others throughout the university, are dedicated to studying advanced manufacturing or the materials that support it. With that solid foundation, UT will begin offering a graduate certificate in advanced manufacturing in January.
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Hines Receives Mid-Career Award by ANS

Department of Nuclear Engineering Head, Postelle Professor, and Chancellor’s Professor Wes Hines was the inaugural awardee for H.M. Hashemian Mid-Career Award from the American Nuclear Society at the ANS annual meeting. Established in 2018 by the ANS Human Factors, Instrumentation and Control Division, this award recognizes an individual who has made a sustained significant contribution during the first 15-25 years of his or her career.
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Officials Tour Area Where Oak Ridge Airport Would be Located

A future airport could allow planes to take off and land from the Heritage Center at East Tennessee Technology Park. Billy Stair, a spokesman for Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) led a tour of the property for the planned airport. Stair said the airport will be in an area that currently includes parking lots, some vacant land, a section of a railroad, and two buildings that will have to be demolished.
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Sandia Labs Appoints James Peery as Director

The next director of Sandia National Laboratories has ties to both national laboratories in New Mexico. James S. Peery will succeed Stephen Younger who is retiring at the end of the year. He will become the 16th laboratories director in Sandia’s 70-year history and will officially lead the labs beginning Jan. 1. Peery, 57, currently serves as Associate Laboratory Director of National Security Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
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Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Realty Executives Relocation for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in November and December.
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