2020 has been full of changes, but some things remained the same…

Over 200 people joined ETEC on Friday, December 11, from 11:00-2:00 for a Virtual Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration. Using the Remo platform the attendees networked and then enjoyed a program emceed by ETEC Board Chair, Eric Abelquist.

The program contained:

  • Keynote speech by Dr. Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and co-author of Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream
  • Five awards presentations (via video and live comments)
  • Passing of the Bell Ceremony
  • Comments from Buddy Heins, ETEC chair-elect for 2021

For all those who registered, below are the links to the awards videos, keynote presentation, and the entire program. Feel free to share the awards videos with others or on social media. However, we ask that you not share the entire program unless it is with a person who paid to attend the meeting.

Thank you and enjoy!

Keynote Presentation:

Dr. Jonathan Gruber
Ford Professor of Economics at MIT
Co-Author of: Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream

Dr. Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992.  He is also the former Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the former President of the American Society of Health Economists.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Econometric Society.

Keynote video link: https://youtu.be/UCvS7vYPG5I

 

Awards Presentations:

Postma Young Professional Medal:

Sasha Benjamin – Alan Liby presented the Postma Medal to Sasha Benjamin at the Oak Ridge Utility District in late November. Fellow ORUD employees and ORUD Commissioners were in attendance and helped to plan the surprise. Sharon Templeton nominated Benjamin for the award. Benjamin has worked at ORUD since 2003 in various capacities, including human resources and accounting. She is currently the vice president for external affairs and community relations. Thank you to Rustic Roots Creative for filming portions of this video.

Award Video Link: https://youtu.be/c_a3yk4oyA4

 

Joe Storch – Barry Stephenson presented the Postma Medal to Joe Storch at the UT Outreach Center in late November. Members of the ETEC membership committee and staff were there to surprise and celebrate with him along with his wife, Jessica. Joe Heckman of EnergySolutions nominated Storch for the award. Storch is a Partner and Director of Business Development for Patriot Talent Solutions, an organization founded on service to our community and country. It is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business providing IT staffing and services across East Tennessee. Thank you to Rustic Roots Creative and EnergySolutions for filming portions of this video.

Award Video Link: https://youtu.be/uLCn1lcn4Ng

 

Muddy Boot Award:

Dr. Eric Abelquist – Ron Townsend and Jim Campbell presented the Muddy Boot Award to Eric Abelquist, ETEC Board Chair, in the UT Outreach Center during the live stream portion of the ETEC Annual Meeting on December 11. ETEC staff and his wife, Sandy, were a part of the surprise. Abelquist recently retired after 27 years at Oak Ridge Associated Universities and joined the UCOR team taking on the role of Deputy Director of Technical Services. Abelquist is a Certified Health Physicist. He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. Thank you to Rustic Roots Creative for filming this video.

Award Video Link: https://youtu.be/-0oQM8F5Ynw

 

Ron Woody – Ken Rueter presented the Muddy Boot Award to Roane County Executive Ron Woody at the K-25 History Center in late November. UCOR, ETEC, and EnergySolutions staff were present during the surprise. Woody, who also serves as chair of the national Energy Communities Alliance, has worked to improve local government around the state and in his home county for his entire career. Since 2010, Woody has been the elected Roane County Executive. Katy Watt nominated Woody for the award. Thank you to EnergySolutions for filming portions of this video.

Award Video Link: https://youtu.be/ol04WPRIzqg

 

Dr. Thomas Zacharia – Billy Stair presented the Muddy Boot Award to Dr. Zacharia at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in late November. ETEC President Jim Campbell, other ORNL staff, and Zacharia’s wife were all part of the surprise presentation. Zacharia had been the director of ORNL since July 1, 2017, “His contributions to scientific programs at ORNL, the establishment of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, and efforts to grow and sustain ORNL as a world-leading research institution has made an indelible impression on the character and identity of the lab and the region,” says his nomination letter, signed by Battelle CEO Lou Von Thaer and Randy Boyd, UT President. Thank you to ORNL for filming this video.

Award Video Link: https://youtu.be/F7kse-OyN3Y

 

Full Program:

This video link is for the people who registered for the ETEC Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration. We hope you enjoy this program emceed by ETEC Board Chair Eric Abelquist. The program contains a keynote speech by Dr. Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and co-author of Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream; five awards presentations (via videos and live comments); and then concludes with the Passing of the Bell Ceremony and comments from ETEC’s new Board Chair for 2021, Buddy Heins.

Program Video Link: https://youtu.be/zjjkdnBt-a4