Today IBM announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. In all, twelve initial organizations joined to foster a growing quantum computing ecosystem based on IBM’s open source quantum software and developer tools. The IBM Q Network provides organizations with quantum expertise and resources, and cloud-based access to the most advanced and scalable universal quantum computing systems available, starting with a 20 qubit IBM Q system. IBM also recently built and measured the first working 50 qubit prototype processor. IBM anticipates that access to this prototype will be offered to IBM Q Network participants in the next generation IBM Q system.
NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy are collaborating to develop the next generation of nuclear generators, with a focus on crewed missions to Mars. The Kilopower project, depicted in a new video from NASA,aims to produce a nuclear generator with greater efficiency and higher output than those currently in use.
The policies of President Donald Trump have soured U.S. scientists on working with the federal government and his administration. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. However, an informal survey by Science of 66 prominent scientists and engineers suggests a more nuanced reaction to Trump’s first year in office. Half say they would seriously weigh an offer to serve in the administration as an appointed or Senate-confirmed official, and 80% say they would consider serving on a high-level panel advising the president or a federal agency. Almost 10% are current members of such panels.
For many years, MCLinc has been called the “poster child” of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Reindustrialization Program at the World War II era K-25 Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The company has now announced it plans to celebrate its upcoming 20th anniversary in a new 29,000-square foot laboratory facility on an 11.4-acre site in ETTP’s Horizon Center. The city of Oak Ridge’s Industrial Development Board approved a six-year, 50 percent property tax abatement for MCLinc at its October meeting.
Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. was awarded a contract for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Technical, Engineering, and Programmatic Services (TEPS) under a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). Navarro will lead a team for the duration of this contract.
The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and its partners, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), Anderson County Schools and Oak Ridge Schools, kicked off the third straight year of the “Dream It. Do It.” program at the Roane State Community College’s Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility in Clinton. The program pairs middle-school students with local businesses to learn about job opportunities in advanced manufacturing.
Ten members of Y‑12’s Protective Force graduated from the Central Training Facility’s Tactical Response Force 200, or TRF‑200. This is the first course held at Y-12 in recent years. The training is intense and specific; graduates prove they have the skills to execute recapture/recover and pursuit operations to support any interruption within the DOE environment.
A longer-yet-no-less-interesting Muddy Boot Awards presentation was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. An expanded number of Muddy Boot award winners recognized at the luncheon, sponsored by the East Tennessee Economic Council, included (in alphabetical order): Tom Ballard, David Bradshaw, Sue Cange, Dr. David Millhorn, and Ken Rueter.
The Muddy Boot Awards and Postma Young Professional Medals were presented at the ETEC's Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration held today at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Tennessee Deputy Governor Jim Henry keynoted the event. Scientists, business leaders, government officials and a man who has done a little of everything over his career are the 2017 winners of the East Tennessee Economic Council’s Muddy Boot Awards.
The Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) Y-12 Community Investment Fund granted some $150,000 to sixteen nonprofits from 11 East Tennessee counties. The recipients were announced today during a reception at Y-12’s New Hope Center. The CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund is managed by the East Tennessee Foundation and was created in 2014 by CNS. At Y-12, a committee made up of CNS employees reviewed dozens of grant proposals, conducted staff interviews, and made site visits before recommending funding based on the committee’s three focus areas: arts and culture, health and well-being, and public safety and emergency services.