Norwood Middle School won the sixth annual Dream it. Do it. competition sponsored by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and Consolidated Nuclear Security. CNS provided $1,000 to the sponsoring teacher for classroom resources. The second and third place schools received donations of $750 and $500, respectively. This competition is an important way to introduce middle school students to opportunities in manufacturing.
As a computer engineer at ORNL, Gina Accawi has long been the quiet and steady force behind some of the Department of Energy’s most widely used online tools and applications. She has written the code that industry throughout the United States relies on – from MEASUR, the platform allowing manufacturers to assess the efficiency of energy systems and equipment within a plant, to the Building Science Advisor, the website advising builders on how to construct energy-efficient envelope systems.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists proved molybdenum titanium carbide, a refractory metal alloy that can withstand extreme temperature environments, can also be crack free and dense when produced with electron beam powder bed fusion. Their finding indicates the material’s viability in additive manufacturing.
DOE announced up to $52.5 million for DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers that help American manufacturers and wastewater treatment facilities improve their efficiency, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint. These university-based training programs also create a pipeline for students looking to join the growing clean energy economy.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) to implement a business continuity planning program. The funding will support the “Tennessee Manufacturing Resiliency Initiative,” a statewide effort to enhance the resiliency of manufacturers to mitigate pandemic-related losses and to bounce back from disruptions to the economic base.