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Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan

Chief Commercialization Officer

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

& Director of the
Office of Technology Transitions (OTT)

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Friday, October 1, 2021

In-person or on Zoom

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (EDT)

ETEC's Friday In-Person / Online Meetings

Virtual Attendees (register):

Please register to attend the Zoom Friday morning meetings. Breakout rooms will be available afterward.

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In-Person Attendees (registration not needed):

Meetings are held in the UT Outreach Center in Oak Ridge. The University has asked that masks be worn in all indoor spaces.
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Upcoming Friday Meetings

October 8 - Attracting Industries of the Future – ORNL, TVA, UT Panel Discussion
October 15 - ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads
October 22 - Board of Directors
(All members and their guests are welcome to attend.)


TODAY - Business Lunch Live

A Joint Virtual Event Series to Promote Community Connection for ETEC & Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce members.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

For the first Business Lunch Live event, we will be hearing from Dr. Joan Bienvenue, executive director of the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute.
Please register to attend this virtual Zoom meeting.
Business Lunch Live September 2021
Sept 29 - ORCC & ETEC: Business Lunch Live
Oct 4-8 - Innov865 Week
Oct 5 - Innov865: Startup Day 2021
Oct 5-7 - ETEBA: 2021 Business Opportunities & Technical Conference
Oct 6 - ARC: Appalachia Envisioned Virtual Conference
Oct 13 - TAEBC: Advanced Energy Virtual Business Roundtable East Tennessee
Oct 21 - Knox Chamber: Virtual Endeavor Summit 2021


UT innovation 2021

Science Needs Fixing, Not Just Funding

The era of constrained federal science budgets is over. With Congress poised to boost public spending on research and development by anywhere from tens of billions to hundreds of billions of dollars, science agencies may be preparing for an infusion of federal money on a grand scale that has the potential to transform the institutions of science and technology.

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UTRF: At UT Innovation is Everywhere

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation supports innovations from all colleges and departments across the University of Tennessee System. While most are STEM focused, recently others have come from UT’s Facility Services, Department of Theater, College of Social Work, UTIA-Extension, School of Music, and College of Architecture and Design.

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Crews Deactivating 23 Buildings in New Cleanup Chapter

EM workers are in various stages of deactivation and demolition preparation inside 23 facilities at ORNL and Y-12. These include former research reactors, uranium processing facilities, isotope & fission development labs, and support buildings. ORNL and Y-12 house hundreds of excess, contaminated facilities that make up the largest inventory of high-risk buildings in the DOE complex.

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Kairos virtual Open House 2021

Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation to Build $5.6B Electric Vehicle Campus

TN Gov. Bill Lee announced Ford Motor Company selected the Memphis Regional Megasite for one of the largest battery and vehicle manufacturing campuses in the U.S. Ford and SK Innovation will build a 3,600-acre campus called Blue Oval City on the site, resulting in 5,800 new jobs.

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TVA Creates 'In Charge: Life with an Electric Vehicle'

The video series 'In Charge: Life with an Electric Vehicle' was created to engage and inform consumers on the many benefits of EVs. Watch the five-episode series where host Raven Hernandez takes you behind the wheel of five super-charged electric vehicles (EVs) in this high-energy, road-tripping video series.

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Kairos Power Builds Hermes Virtual Open House

Last night Kairos Power hosted a virtual information session for the East Tennessee community regarding their plans to build a low-power demonstration reactor called Hermes at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge. To take a virtual tour of the project visit:

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