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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Honors Strata-G, LLC as ‘Dream Big’ Small Business of the Year Award Winner

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Strata-G, LLC from Knoxville, Tennessee, as the 2019 winner of the $25,000 prize for its annual Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, presented by MetLife. The annual award celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth. The Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a small business that exemplifies the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and individual initiative. The winner exemplifies success and leadership across business growth performance, innovative business strategies, community engagement, as well as customer and employee relations.  

University Acquires World’s Largest 3D Printer and Builds Record Polymer Boat

According to a report posted to the University of Maine website, the school’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center set three Guinness world records on October 10: 1) Operating the largest prototype polymer 3D printer; 2) Building the largest solid 3D-printed object; 3) Printing the largest 3D-printed boat. The 25-ft., 5,000-pound vessel, named 3Dirigo, took 72 hours to print. The project has an excellent working relationship between UMaine, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and many other federal agencies, which will support next-generation, large-scale additive manufacturing with biobased thermoplastics.

Pathway to Success – Y-12’s Early Career Group

Y-12’s Early Career Group sponsored a professional development panel, “Pathway to Success.” The panel discussion featured CNS Vice Presidents Linda Bauer, Dave Beck, and Bill Tindal. The executive leadership team members shared insights about their career paths with the attendees. Some question topics included their defining career moment, how to successfully navigate roadblocks, creating career goals and advice they would give to their early career selves.

First Nuclear Process Equipment Installed at UPF

The Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Project installed the first nuclear process equipment, a process skid, at the Salvage and Accountability Building (SAB) in September. It is one of approximately 200 skids that will be installed at UPF. A skid is a grouping of preassembled components, like tanks, valves, and pipe spools. Each skid is a “building block” for the overall process system. The SAB is essentially a small chemical processing plant. The skid is a preassembled and tested portion of that plant.

Has Tech Made Moving Nukes Safe Enough? Depends on Whom You Ask

The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured it in the steel bed of a truck under a tarp, the U.S. Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration says in a historical account. Grainy black-and-white photos show special agents and armed military police accompanying the shipment nearly 75 years ago. "Nuclear materials transportation has evolved since then," the department posted online last year. Today, radioactive shipments are hauled in double-walled steel containers inside specialized trailers that undergo extensive testing and are tracked by GPS and real-time apps. But whether shipping technology has evolved enough to be deemed safe depends on whom you ask.

Risk Reduction Realized as ETTP Cleanup Nears Completion

For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of serving my company, community and, ultimately, the nation by leading the monumental cleanup of the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, today known as the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). Because we are in the home stretch of this important project, I have been reflecting on what this really means to our nation. ETTP will be the first of the nation’s Secret City sites to reach cleanup completion. The vision that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and my team — UCOR, an AECOM-led partnership with Jacobs — have been working toward is the transformation of a once-contaminated government site into a multi-use community asset.

Summit Supercomputer Simulates how Humans will ‘Brake’ During Mars Landing

The type of vehicle that will carry people to the Red Planet is shaping up to be "like a two-story house you're trying to land on another planet. The heat shield on the front of the vehicle is just over 16 meters in diameter, and the vehicle itself, during landing, weighs tens of metric tons. It's huge," said Ashley Korzun, a research aerospace engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center. A vehicle for human exploration will weigh considerably more than the familiar, car-sized rovers like Curiosity, which have been deployed to the planetary surface by parachute. "You can't use parachutes to land very large payloads on the surface of Mars," Korzun said. "The physics just breaks down. You have to do something else."

ORNL, U-Toledo to Collaborate on Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Research for Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The University of Toledo have entered into a memorandum of understanding for collaborative research into the advanced design and manufacturing of high-strength, intelligent, lightweight materials for use by the automotive sector.

Centrus Completes Oak Ridge D&D Contract

Centrus Energy Corp has completed decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE's) K-1600 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one year after being awarded the contract to prepare the facility for demolition. K-1600 is one of the last remaining legacy structures on the East Tennessee Technology Park site.

tnAchieves Searching for Mentors for TN Promise Students

tnAchieves is the partnering organization to the TN Promise Scholarship in 90 of the 95 counties in Tennessee. Their mission is to increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance.  Mentors are crucial to TN Promise students’ success. TN Promise students are graduating at a rate 21% higher than their non-TN Promise peers because of mentors. tnAchieves mentors spend about one hour per month reminding students of important deadlines, serving as a trusted college resource and, most importantly, encouraging students to reach their full potential.  They anticipate more than 64,000 students from the Class of 2020 to apply for the scholarship this year.  Many of these students will be the first person in their family to go to college and just need a little extra assistance.