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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.
January 31 - No ETEC: Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast (Organized by the Oak Ridge Chamber. Held at Y-12's New Hope Center. Registration and payment required.)

February 7 - UPF Project: Dale Christenson, NNSA & John Howanitz, CNS

February 14 - Martin McDonald, STEM at Oak Ridge High School

February 21 - Oak Ridge Natural Asset Plan – Carol Evans, Legacy Parks Foundation
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Jan 31 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar

Feb 11-12 - Advanced Reactors Summit VII & Technology Trailblazers Showcase
Feb 13 - TSBDC: How to do business with the government
Feb 14 - TSBDC: Government Contracting- 101-102 What’s Next?
Feb 18 - SBIR/STTR Tech. & Commercialization Forum – DOE/DOD Research Update
Feb 19 - KTech: Women in Tech Lunch & Learn - Launch Event
Feb 28 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar


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UT: Driverless Cars will Reshape TN Economy

Big changes are in store for Tennesseans over the next decade, according to a new report. It finds that the rise of driverless cars and transition to electric vehicles will not only open new opportunities in the state but also transform jobs, companies, and potentially industries—completely reshaping Tennessee’s economy, tax revenue, and everyday life in the process.
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Unanswered Question - U.S.’s Nuclear Arsenal

The United States has an arsenal of some 3,800 nuclear weapons, about half of which are deployed, with the rest in storage. DOE’s National Nuclear Security Agency and the nuclear weapons laboratories it oversees are concerned that the performance of the weapons will degrade over time.
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New Pale Ale Commemorates Oak Ridge’s Secret Lab

Tennessee Brew Works is commemorating the state’s unique role in bringing the nation into the atomic age with its release of the Secret City Imperial IPA.
Just like the subject matter of its namesake, this beer has a heavy presence.
With a burly 10% alcohol by volume, this beer sits right under the legal limit.
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Y-12, Pantex Teams Recognized by NNSA Defense Programs

Thirteen Consolidated Nuclear Security project teams representing more than 570 employees were recognized recently by the NNSA for their work supporting the national security missions of Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant.
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A Decade in Review: UTRF - 2010 to 2020

Part of the UT Research Foundation's core mission is to promote the commercialization of intellectual property by helping innovators and entrepreneurs bring products to market or launch new companies with UT technologies. Since 2010, UTRF has assisted in numerous notable product launches.
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Upgrades Prepare Way to Process Remaining U-233

Renovations are underway to prepare a facility to process a high-dose portion of the site’s uranium-233 inventory, enabling EM to convert the material into a disposal-ready form after extracting an unprecedented amount of thorium for next-generation cancer research.
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Member Staff Notes

Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Baker Donelson for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in January.


Openings for Breakfast Meeting Sponsors

Reservations are now being taken to sponsor a month of ETEC breakfast meetings in 2020. Meeting sponsorships are $750.00 and include the following benefits. These go quickly and are first-come, first-serve.
  • Opportunity to speak about your business (3-5 minutes) at one meeting
  • Verbal recognition of sponsorship by the ETEC Chairperson at 3-4 weekly meetings
  • Signage with logo at breakfast table at 3-4 weekly meetings
  • Logo advertisements with link to your website in 4 weekly newsletters
  • Logo with link to your website on the Weekly Breakfast Meetings page of the ETEC website
To register, click here.

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