June Meeting Recap

Thank you to Dr. Joshua New, researcher from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for an informative presentation on building energy modeling. If you missed the presentation, you can view the slides in our "Resources" tab.  

June Meeting

Please join us for our June 13th Meeting at Calhoun's in Turkey Creek at 11:30 am. Our speaker will be Joshua New, a researcher from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. If you do not receive an EventBrite invitation for this meeting before the week of June 13th, please email an officer and we will take care of you. 

Dr. Joshua New is a computer scientist joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2009.  He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee in 2009, his M.S. in Computer Systems and Software Design and his B.S. with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics with a Physics minor from Jacksonville State University. Dr. New is a member of the Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research group and ORNL’s Urban Dynamics Institute. Dr. New currently serves at ORNL’s Building Technology Research Integration Center (BTRIC) as subprogram manager for software tools and models. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has led more than 45 competitively-awarded projects in the past 5 years involving websites, web services, databases, simulation development, visual analytics, supercomputing using the world’s #1 fastest supercomputer and artificial intelligence for big data mining. He is a Senior IEEE member, lifetime member of AEE, and voting member within several Technical and Standards Committees of ASHRAE.

May Meeting

Please join us for our May 9th meeting at Calhoun's in Turkey Creek at 11:30. Our speaker will be Rob Gladwin from the Knoxville FBI. If you do not receive an EventBrite invitation by the week before the meeting please email an officer and we will take care of you.

Rob Gladwin's present on " Cyber Threats to Industry from a Law Enforcement Perspective." His presentation will include a discussion about safeguarding industrial controls and protective steps to prevent intrusions and hacking.

April Announcments and Cancelled Meeting

The AEE East TN Chapter will sponsor a panel discussion on Cyber Security at the eChemExpo in Kingsport TN on April 5th.

There will be NO April Luncheon Meeting as this event in Kinsport will provide up to 6.5 PDH hours at no Charge.  There is still time to register and attend by going to the website below: http://echemexpo.com/to-attend/

We look forward to seeing you in Kingsport or at the next luncheon to be held on May 9th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek.

If you are planning to attend and wish to car pool please contact Dabid Hopper (david@hopcoinc.com) or Kim Smith (kimberly.smith@henkel.com)
and we will do our best to coordinate contacts for ride sharing. The panel discussion information follows.

Cybersecurity Panel:  How Secure Industrial Controls Systems can Enable Energy Management (cosponsored by AEE) 

o An increasing trend toward internet connected systems and equipment in commercial and industrial buildings opens the door to innovative operational and energy management capabilities but also creates the potential for new cyber security related risk. This panel will discuss case study examples on how they have achieved a balance between systems integration and secure and reliable operating environment.

The expert panel will consist of:

Jeff Amburgey, Eastman Chemical Company – Cybersecurity Related Risk

Bryce Hudey, Oak Ridge National Laboratory –  Industrial Controls Securely Enabled Data Driven Energy Management

Rob Gladwin, Knoxville FBI – Cybersecurity Threat to Industry from a Law Enforcement Perspective

Panel facilitator:  David Hopper, Hopco

March Meeting

Please join us for our March 14th meeting at Calhoun's in Turkey Creek at 11:30. Our speaker will be Jim Jameson with Ameresco. If you do not receive an EventBrite invitation by the week before the meeting please email an officer and we will take car of you. Details below.

Jim Jameson works as an Energy Engineer for Ameresco. Before working for Ameresco, Jim worked as a facility engineer for the U.S. Air Force. Jim is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.

Jim will be presenting on the topic Energy Resilience and Reliability with a case study of a Micro-Grid System. This case study was part of an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. 

February Meeting Recap

Thank you to Dr. Klaus Blache, Director of the Reliability and Maintainability Center at the University of Tennessee, for an informative presentation on Reliability and Maintainability principles and their importance in industry. If you missed the presentation, you can view the slides in our "Resources" tab.  

February Meeting

Please join us for our February 14th meeting at Calhoun's in Turkey Creek at 11:30. Out speaker will be Dr. Klaus Blache with the University of Tennessee. If you do not receive an EventBrite invitation by the week before the meeting please email an officer and we will take care of you. Details below. 

Dr. Klaus Blache is currently at the University of Tennessee as Director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center (RMC) and Research Professor (College of Engineering). His industrial experience includes areas such as Manufacturing Engineering Director (Cadillac), Global Manager of Manufacturing Reliability & Maintenance, and Corporate Manager-Industrial Engineering for General Motors.

Dr. Blache has over 35 years of experience in various areas of manufacturing and continuous improvement (people and processes). He has implemented, written and lectured globally in numerous business improvement, technical and management areas. 

Dr Blache will present
Applied Reliability – Knowing What and How to Implement
Discussed from a practitioner’s viewpoint will be:
•       Current Business Challenges
•       Disruptive Technologies or Opportunities
•       Trends, Metrics and Best Practices

*POSTPONED* January Social and Membership Drive

The January Social has been postponed. The AEE leadership thought it more appropriate to hold a social in the spring time towards the end of the AEE year. Stay tuned for details. 


The East Tennessee Chapter of AEE is hosting an Evening Social in lieu of a January Meeting. It will take place January 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Holly's Gourmet Market 5107 Kingston Pike. The cost is $20 per member. However, you may bring a date including your spouse and/or girlfriend/boyfriend and/or prospective member for free. 

We will have the entire venue to ourselves during this time. Appetizers and finger foods will be provided at no additional charge in addition to live Jazz music. A cash wine and beer bar is also available. Dress is casual. 

We hope to see our old friends as well as some new faces! Please email us if there are any additional questions. 


Isaac Bosley, Webmaster/Treasurer 

October Meeting Announcement

Please join us at 11:30 a.m. this Wednesday October 11th for a presentation on Retro-commissioning by Pat Enck with CxGBS. Our meeting will be held at Calhoun's Turkey Creek, the price is $20 and includes lunch and a PDH. Hope to see you there. 

August Meeting Announcement

We at the East Tennessee Chapter hope all of you had a great Summer. As it draws to an end, we hope you look forward to our next meeting on August 9th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek. Our speaker will be Mr. Ernie M. Bowles, P.E. with the Clinton Utilities Board. See below for details. 

Title: Fault Location, Isolation, Sectionalizing & Restoration (FLISR) 

Abstract: With ever-increasing customer demands for a highly reliable supply of electric power and energy, distribution utilities must avail themselves of new technology and evolving design techniques to insure customer satisfaction.  One of the newest and most effective ways to meet this challenge is through the use of fault location, isolation, sectionalizing & restoration (FLISR) at the medium voltage operating level.

Bio: Ernie Bowles currently serves as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Engineering & Operations for Clinton Utilities Board in Clinton, Tennessee.  His experience includes over 31 years in the electric utility distribution industry focusing on medium voltage design and operating solutions.  He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.

Please RSVP via the EventBrite email to follow or email someone in the officer's tab above. Hope to see you there! 

June Meeting Announcement

Please join us at Calhoun's Turkey Creek this Wednesday 6/14/17 at 11:30 for our June meeting. Please note there will be no July meeting. See below for details. 


BRUCE H. GORELICK, Ameresco:  Manager, Energy W.A.S.T.E Services


Thirty‐four years’ experience in diagnostic testing and design/specification of steam traps, leak testing compressed air, nitrogen and inert gas systems and related equipment in a wide diversity of entities including: refineries, hospitals, colleges, chemical, pharmaceutical production, pulp & paper industries, food and beverage industries and electric power generating facilities. Authored or co‐authored approx. 15 articles on the subject of steam traps and ultrasonic testing of compressed air/inert gas systems. 
Articles published in national industry publications:
Plant Services Magazine;PlantEngineering,ChemicalProcessing,PlantMaintenance,Reliable Plant Magazine, and Valve Magazine. 
Authorized by the State of North Carolina, Office of Natural Resources, to conduct steam trap testing under its rebate program. Authorized National Distributor for UESystems,Inc., manufacturer of the Ultraprobe. Past Participant on the Steering Committee of the US Government Alliance to Save Energy Best Practices Steam. 
Created & performed steam service training seminars including:
(1)    Testing steam trap performance
(2)    Selection and application of steam traps
(3)    Steam trap repair and maintenance
(4)    Steam energy conservation methods
(5)    trouble‐shooting as team system and
(6)    principles & use of ultrasonic technology. 

Partner, Conserv‐it Software,Inc., software to produce steam, gas & air data reports. Developed repeatable training program to certify steam trap and air/gas leak auditors.

His topic will be on steam traps and their energy usage, including:
•    Selecting the proper steam trap for the application
•    The importance of testing steam traps on a regular basis
•    How failed steam traps impact the system from the standpoint of energy loss
and system (equipment) failures.

May Presentation Announcement

Please join us on Wednesday May 10th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek for our May Meeting. Our speaker is Jason Ray with TVA. Mr. Ray will be speaking on the TVA EnergyRight Solutions program and how it has shifted focus from being exclusively Energy Efficiency oriented to a focus on Efficient Electrification as well. A special topic will involve discussions of the CHP projects for KUB and Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. 

April Meeting Announcement

Please join us for our April Meeting on the 12th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek at 11:30. Several of Dr. Bill Miller's students will be presenting on a battery technology research effort they have been conducting at UT. 

March Meeting Announcement

Our March speaker is Bob Starling. Bob is our Region II AEE Vice-President. Please join us on March 8th at 11:30 for lunch at Calhoun's in Turkey Creek. 

Bob is a retired Federal civilian with a long and extremely distinguished career in the energy management field. One of the most important aspect of Bob’s experience is that, he served as one of the primary leaders of the Army’s facility energy program working with the Army Corps of Engineers “Center” in Huntsville (CEHNC). There, he worked his way up through the energy program where he was eventually in-charge of developing & running the operations of the Army’s ESPC program, worldwide. At the point of his retirement from the Corps of Engineers, he was a Division Chief in-charge of a handful of programs, energy/ESPC being just one of them.
After retirement from Federal Service, Bob worked for 2 years as a Regional Director for Ameresco and then started his own energy consulting business.  He has a BS in Engineering from NC State University and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Alabama.  He is a CEM and a CDSM.  For fun, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, scuba diving, and is a certified private pilot for single engine airplanes.

February Meeting

Please join us for our meeting on February 8th. Our speaker will be Mr. Venkat Venkatesh of Clayton Industries. Mr. Venkatesh has the following credentials and industry experience:

•    Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with over 31 years of experience in the field of power boiler manufacturing and steam system design.
•    Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
•    US Department Of Energy accredited “Steam System Expert”.

The presentation title is: “Energy Savings Analysis between a Steam generator & Conventional Boiler” with an “on-the-spot” case study.

We will have the entire room to ourselves this time, so feel free to invite a friend or colleague. Lunch is $25 and includes a PDH certificate. Please RSVP through the EventBrite Email or bring cash/check. Hope to see you there!