IIA Technologies Combines with KeyLogic Systems

IIA Technologies Corp, a provider of advanced data analytics, intelligent digital solutions, S&T and enterprise data management for federal agencies charged with our nation's security, energy assurance, and economic competitiveness has announced the acquisition of KeyLogic Systems.  KeyLogic has a 20-year portfolio of successes in supporting DOE, DOD, EPA, FBI, NASA and other federal agencies challenged with complex S&T and Big Data management and analytics requirements.  KeyLogic provides R&D technology management, BI data analysis, and visualization, software and system engineering, cloud implementation, and biometrics solutions.

Someday the U.S. Will Have to Actually Deal With Its Nuclear Waste Problem

Of all the things in the world to worry about, nuclear waste management is not at the top of most people’s lists. We trust (or hope, at least) that expert scientists and policymakers will make good decisions about how to make sure radioactive byproducts stay far, far away from us, by whatever means possible. But, many of those experts say, we’re going to need to figure out a new way to manage our country’s nuclear waste—and soon. To that end, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday that they are reclassifying the definition of “high-level,” or highly radioactive, waste stored in underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina, and the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. The DOE hopes that the redefinition will expedite cleanup of the waste.

ORNL Welcomes Seven New Research Fellows to Innovation Crossroads

Oak Ridge National Laboratory today welcomed seven technology innovators to join the third cohort of Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast’s only entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) joined Innovation Crossroads as a program sponsor enabling a record number of innovators focused on energy-related and grid topics. Innovation Crossroads is also sponsored by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

Tom Rogers Outlines Vision, Ideas for the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm

Tom Rogers has a two-fold vision for the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Research Park at Cherokee Farm. When we sat down with him for an interview just days away from taking over full-time responsibility for the highly visible 177-acre site, the long-time player in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge economic and entrepreneurial development community was clearly pumped-up about his new role. Since March 1, Rogers had been doing part-time double duty, finishing-up his role as Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and assuming the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cherokee Farm Development Corporation.

ORISE Beryllium Lab Recertified by College of American Pathologists for Sixth Consecutive Time in 10 Years

The College of American Pathologists, or CAP, has accredited the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Energy beryllium laboratory in Oak Ridge for the sixth time since the laboratory’s first accreditation in 2009. The laboratory is one of only three labs nationwide that performs the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test. This test determines if a patient has developed a sensitization to beryllium, which could evolve into chronic beryllium disease. Exposure to the lightweight metal is often encountered by inhaling beryllium dust particulates in an industrial workplace setting.

ORAU Awards 36 Research Grants for 2019-2020 Academic Year to Junior Faculty at its Member Universities

ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $180,000 to 36 junior faculty from its member institutions. The annual grants are made through the company’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program that provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty. The recipients, each of whom is in the first two years of a tenure track position, will receive $5,000 in seed money for the 2019-2020 academic year to enhance their research during the early stages of their careers. Each recipient’s institution matches the ORAU award with an additional $5,000, making the total prize worth $10,000 for each winner. Winners may use the grants to purchase equipment, continue research or travel to professional meetings and conferences.

New DOE Program Connects Fusion Companies with National Labs, Taps ORNL to Lead

The Department of Energy has established the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy program, or INFUSE, to encourage private-public research partnerships for overcoming challenges in fusion energy development.  The program, sponsored by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) within DOE’s Office of Science, focuses on accelerating fusion energy development through research collaborations between industry and DOE’s national laboratory complex with its scientific expertise and facilities. The program is currently soliciting proposals and plans to select a number of projects for awards between $50,000 and $200,000 each, with a 20 percent project cost share for industry partners.

Remembering ETEC Past Chair and Board Member, Pete Craven

Clyde (Pete) Wesley Craven, 84, passed away June 2 and left a trail of loyal friends and co-workers across East Tennessee. An entrepreneur, pilot, nuclear physicist, banker, choir member… Pete Craven had his hands and quick wit in all kinds of enterprises. Business, education, politics – Pete Craven worked tirelessly to make things work for the good of the region. The family will receive friends at Central Baptist Church Oak Ridge from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, with a celebration of life to follow at 7 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

ETEC Call for Nominations: 2019 Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal

The East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal. Nomination submissions for the Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal should include a letter to the selection committee containing specific reasons for the nomination along with the nominee’s resume and bio. Detailed criteria for the awards are posted online at Nominations will be accepted through Friday, August 16, 2019, and may be submitted through ETEC’s website, by email, or mail.

DOE Memo: Environmental Management Chief Resigns, Office’s No. 2 Replaced

Major personnel changes at some of the highest levels of DOE and its semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration are under way, according to a department announcement reviewed by the Aiken Standard on Friday. Anne Marie White – the woman atop the DOE Office of Environmental Management, the Savannah River Site landlord – has submitted her resignation, according to the announcement, which is signed off with the names of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. White's resignation is effective June 14. The assistant secretary for environmental management was confirmed in March 2018, bringing her total time at the helm to just over one year.