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Friday Program - ONLINE

ETEC’s goal is to meet virtually until we can be together again on Friday mornings.
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Friday, May 13, 2020

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (EDT)


This meeting will be a ZOOM Webinar. Please register BEFORE Friday morning.

** All questions need to be submitted ahead of time. Look for a section on the webinar registration form to submit your question for the Senator. **

After registering, the ZOOM webinar link will be on your confirmation page and will be emailed to you. You may join via telephone. All participants' microphones and cameras will be muted upon entry.

We look forward to meeting virtually with you on Friday morning!

Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Mesa Associates for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in May.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

May 22 - No ETEC, Memorial Day Weekend
May 29 - Board of Directors
June 5 - Rita Baranwal, DOE Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Energy
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ETEC After Hours...
A Place to Network & Connect

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Have you missed networking on Friday mornings? Join us for the next event in the After Hours series on Wed. May 27, 3:30-5:00 p.m. This free virtual experience will be provided by Lunchpool, a unique online event platform designed to facilitate networking and presentations. John McNeely, senior vice president of Avertium, will be our speaker. There will be a discussion around Cybersecurity and COVID-19, what it means now and on into the future.

Register Here

Virtual Events

May 14 - TSBDC: How to do business with the government, Part 2 / WEBINAR
May 14 - UCOR: Lunch and Learn-Cybersecurity while Teleworking
May 21 - KTech WIT Virtual Happy Hour: “Branding Yourself: Importance of Your Online Image”
May 22 - What’s The CARES Act? Webinar Series
May 29 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar


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ORNL Team Develops 3D-Printed Nuclear Reactor Core

Researchers at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.
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Y-12 Apprenticeship Program Prepares Future Workers

For more than 10 years, the Y-12 Apprenticeship Program has been in business, training employees for professions in trades like pipefitters, electricians, machinists, and ironworkers. The program, restarted in 2008 as a cost savings proposal, allows hands-on training for key positions within the site.
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ORAU Diverted 70% of its Waste from a Landfill Last Year

Environmental stewardship is the name of the game when you're a contractor for the United States Department of Energy. But ORAU isn't just playing the game. The scientific and technical solutions organization has written its own rule book for success during the last two decades.
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Deborah Crawford Named UT’s Vice Chancellor for Research

Deborah Crawford will join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as vice chancellor for research beginning August 1. Crawford currently serves as vice president of research, innovation and economic impact at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Roane State Community College Named 'Community College of the Year'

Roane State Community College has been named Community College of the Year as part of the College System of Tennessee’s second annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition Awards.
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Teledyne Brown Engineering Awarded $40M Contract for ARCS Production

Teledyne Brown Engineering was recently awarded a contract with a $40,000,000 ceiling for production of Automated Radioxenon Concentrator and Spectrometer (ARCS) production units and spares for the U.S. Air Force.
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More Information

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Watch the U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on "COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School", led by Senator Lamar Alexander.


The University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services has announced opportunities for manufacturers. Click for more info.


The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is committed to providing guidance to help companies manage and try to recover during this crisis.

New Member

ETEC welcomes Stowers Machinery Corporation as a new member.

Stowers Machinery Corp. is the Caterpillar distributor for the eastern 38 counties of Tennessee. Founded in 1960 by Bud, Dick, and Harry Stowers, the company employs 407 people in six locations (East Knoxville, West Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Crossville, and Sevierville). Stowers Machinery sells, rents and provides parts and service support for Caterpillar's entire line of equipment and electric power generation products, along with other complementary products from other manufacturers.

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