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News and Notes

WAF_Head_shotUpcoming 2013 ETEC Programs

November 8 – Bill Fox, Generation mPower

November 15 – Cliff Hawks, Cherokee Farms Development Corporation

November 22 – Board of Directors Meeting

November 29 – No ETEC, Happy Thanksgiving!

Other Upcoming 2013 Events

Click here for ETEC’s calendar of upcoming conferences, meetings and events.

Welcome Reception For Dr. Ramesh and Family (flyer), Pollard Technology Conference Center at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), November 7th.

Free Tennessee Small Business Development Seminars, November 5th & 8th at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, for questions: call 865-483-2668 or email

Recption Honoring Dr. Chris Whaley, President of Roane State, hosted by Tech 20/20, November 13th, RSVP to Brooke Henderson at 865-637-1925 or

ETEBA’s 14th Annual Business Opportunities Conference, Knoxville Convention Center, November 12-14th.

Startup Day 2013 – November 21st at The Standard in downtown Knoxville, admission is free but registration is required.

News from DOE communities and the world around us

ORNL and Stratasys partner for prosthetics development

Source: Tom Ayres | Digital Manufacturing Report

Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems, has announced that it has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance the development of prosthetics by producing more lightweight, high performance versions at an affordable price. Read more ….

Making the most of the U.S. energy boom

Source: George Shultz & Frederick Smith | The Wall Street Journal

In November 1973, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries implemented an oil embargo against the United States that imperiled the nation’s prosperity and international influence. Forty years later, de-linking America’s economy and security from high and volatile global oil prices is even more essential to protecting our domestic and international interests. And the U.S. now has the means to achieve true energy security. Read more…. 

Electric cars charged by manhole covers

Source: Katherine Ling | E&E Publishing

Drifting off to sleep, you wake with a jolt: You forgot to plug in your electric car. Relax. You have wireless charging. Your car started to replenish power when you parked it over the charging pad in your garage. It’s not a dream. Wireless charging for electric cars is coming faster than most experts predicted. Read more ….

Climate scientists weigh in on nuclear power

Source: Andrew Revkin | The New York Times

Four climate scientists, three of whom have published in peer-reviewed literature on energy issues (a sampler from Wigley, Hansen and Caldeira), are pressing the case for environmental groups to embrace the need for a new generation of nuclear power plants in a letter they distributed overnight to a variety of organizations and journalists. Read more ….

Nevadans to speak to DOE on nuclear waste burial plan

Source: Keith Rogers | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Department of Energy, with the state of Nevada, will hold two public meetings in November to discuss the agency’s plans to haul a ton of uranium waste from the Oak Ridge, Tenn., national laboratory to the Nevada National Security Site for burial. Read more ….

Congressional Committees start work on reauthorization of COMPETES legislation

Source: Richard Jones | AIP

House and Senate committees are taking first steps towards the reauthorization of the America COMPETES legislation. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is active on several fronts and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will be having a hearing next week. Read here ….

Alexander honors nuclear workers, Bill Wilcox, Calutron Girls on Senate floor

Source: John Huotari | Oak Ridge Today

Sen. Lamar Alexander spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in honor of nuclear weapons program workers. Among those he honored were Bill Wilcox and the Calutron Girls. Read more ….

Contract News

NNSA Reaffirms Decision to Select Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, to Manage the Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

Source: NNSA Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today reaffirmed the award to Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas. The contract includes project management of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at Y-12 and an unexercised option for Savannah River Tritium Operations at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. Read here ….

November 2013 Breakfast Sponsor

Thank you to Cadre5 for sponsoring breakfast this month.


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