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VOL. 45 | NO. 52 | Friday, December 24, 2021

Chi wins ORNL’s top award for individual achievement

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Miaofang Chi, a scientist in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, has received the 2021 Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology.

The award was for her contributions to understanding the behavior of energy materials through the development and application of innovative microscopy methods. Chi also won this award in 2015.

“Miaofang’s accomplishments have been forged by her incredible work ethic and her desire to excel,” says Juan Carlos Idrobo, Chi’s group leader in scanning transmission electron microscopy. “She is reserved but relentless, always pushing for the next big idea for how microscopy can be implemented to advance the frontiers of materials science.”

Chi’s primary research has focused on identifying new materials for batteries that are non-flammable, lightweight and have a longer shelf life than batteries currently in use in daily life.

The Director’s Award for Outstanding Team Accomplishment in Science and Technology went to Nicholas Peters and his team in quantum communications and networking, including Muneer Alshowkan and Phil Evans. They were honored for their thoughtful collaboration that led to the first demonstration of an interoperable and scalable approach to quantum-secured data transmission in a real-world energy delivery environment. Their work paves the way toward the supervision and control of energy delivery infrastructure at a national scale with an unprecedented level of security.

Two teams received a Director’s Award for Outstanding Team Accomplishment for Mission Support for one high-priority project: the design, construction and installation of Frontier, ORNL’s exascale computing system.

Led by Bart Hammontree and William Wheat, the two groups include Aaron Adkisson, Erech Atchley, Bill Barber, Von Bolinger, Dave Bozich, Kenneth Brown, Shannon Caudill, David Grant, Rick Griffin, John Gutman, David Hill, Erik Hunt, Greg Irby, Jeremy Nichols, Nathan Parkison, Brian Pridemore, Kyle Young, Stephen Welch, David Rhodes, William Robertson, Joseph Vanosdale, John Walker and Gary Weber.

The groups operated with the utmost attention to safety and timeliness. Given the pandemic, these teams faced additional challenges in the delivery schedule and another layer of evaluation to this complex and detailed project.

The Director’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Mission Support went to Amy Brown, ORNL’s talent strategy director, recognizing her dedication in implementing human resources elements during a comprehensive reorganization effort and for being a driving force for diversity and equity.

The award recognizes an unwavering commitment to the principles of consistency, fairness and transparency to ensure accountability and alignment across ORNL, enabling the lab to sustain an equitable workplace and foster an inclusive culture.

Maryville College promotes Daniels

Dave Daniels has been promoted to director of military outreach and transfer recruiting at Maryville College.

He joined the staff in February 2021 as military recruiting and outreach counselor.

A United States Navy veteran and native of Philadelphia, Daniels earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Maryville College in 2020. Before joining the Maryville College staff, he was a U.S. Navy recruiter for Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia. In that role, he led a team of 17 Navy recruiters in procurement of more than 400 highly qualified officers and enlisted personnel in the regular and reserve components of the U.S. Navy.

He also served the U.S. Navy as project manager for Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM), the U.S. Navy’s information operations, intelligence, networks and space unit. As security operations leading petty officer for the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Daniels led a team of 122 law enforcement personnel, including physical security practices, anti-terrorism force protection and daily operations.

In his new role, Daniels is responsible for the direct recruiting of transfer students, veterans and military dependents; coordinating veteran support activities and resources; acting as the primary contact for veteran services and issues related to military-affiliated students; providing staff adviser support to the Student Veteran Association; developing and implementing campus-wide education for faculty and staff on student veteran-related topics and Green Zone training; and collaborating with the registrar, Business Office and Financial Aid for the facilitation of VA benefits.

UTIA taps Graves as assistant director

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named Allyson Graves as assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Graves will lead contract negotiation and administration for UTIA’s Office of Sponsored Programs. This involves monetary contracts and grants, non-financial agreements and other negotiations. In Fiscal Year 21, the Office of Sponsored programs accepted more than $60M in grants and contracts on behalf of the UTIA administration and faculty.

Graves has served as the senior contract coordinator for UT Knoxville for six years. A Knoxville native, she previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation, Mercy Health Partners and Cardinal Health.

She holds a B.S. in business organizational management from Tusculum College and is a certified research administrator. She also participated in the UT Women in Leadership Program in 2020 and in 2021 received the UT Chancellor’s Honor Award for Extraordinary Customer Service.

Shinlever, Berger promoted at Keller Williams

Sharon Laing, principal broker for Keller Williams Greater Knoxville, has announced two key strategic positions for the Keller Williams Sevierville office.

Kim Shinlever has been named director of community outreach of the Keller Williams Smoky Mountains office in Sevierville. Shinlever will be representing Keller Williams in the local community, attending community and business events, and building strategical partnerships and alliances with area leaders and organizations.

She has been a real estate professional for 28 years and a part of Keller Williams Greater Knoxville since 2019. She has served as the broker of Keller Williams Smoky Mountains since its opening.

Shinlever is currently involved with Sevier County Hospitality & Tourism Alliance, is a member of the board of directors, chair, and 2022 president-elect of Great Smoky Mountains Association of Realtors, a member of Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, and a member of Lakeway Area Association of Realtors. She is also the 2022 National Association of Realtors State trustee, serving on the Ways and Means State committee with the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Matt Berger is now the principal broker of Keller Williams Smoky Mountains. Berger attended Tennessee Technological University earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in sociology.

He came to Keller Williams in the spring of 2020 and currently serves as the coach of the Smoky Mountain office, helping agents gain knowledge, experience and skills to propel their businesses.

ALC welcomes Fulmer to board

Phillip Fulmer, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former University of Tennessee football coach and athletics director, has joined Athlete Licensing Company as a founding advisory board member and seed capital investor.

ALC is a tech-enabled, brand management, collection and protection company that has been at the forefront of providing compliance and support since the NCAA’s decision to approve name, image and likeness benefits for college athletes. Adding Fulmer marks the latest in several steps taken to grow ALC’s base in college athletics. ALC provides support, compliance, reporting and transparency to schools, booster clubs, sponsors and donors who want to invest in name, image and likeness products or services with the ALC athletes.

Chamber delegates to share with community

The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce has announced its delegates, a group of seasoned business professionals from the Knoxville area.

This specific group of volunteers will act as an extension of the Chamber in sharing the Path to Prosperity mission and business news with the community.

“A critical aspect of driving regional prosperity is assuring that businesses are well-informed of the economic ecosystems in our community,” says Ashleigh Christian, director of investor development with the Knoxville Chamber. “This includes expansion resources, business climate and workforce initiatives among others. The Chamber delegates will serve as additional spokespeople for that information.”

The delegates are:

• Jamie Lane (business development manager, EmployBridge)

• Saray Taylor-Roman (artist/owner, Taylor-Roman Portrait)

• Kathy Mack (community engagement manager, City of Knoxville)

• Lina Kornmeyer (market executive, Bank of America Knoxville)

• Aaron O’Dell (senior manager, Kruggel Lawton CPAs)

• Rodney Ruth (director of operations, Integrity Laboratories)

• Riley Honken (commercial insurance agent, Alliant Insurance Services)

• Hayden Oakley (commercial relationship manager, Truist Bank)

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