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VOL. 46 | NO. 15 | Friday, April 15, 2022

Murdoch named director of Second Target Station

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Graeme Murdoch has been named director of the Second Target Station project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is now charged with leading a growing team of scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative personnel in developing plans and designs for one of the most powerful scientific instruments in the world.

Murdoch has helped engineer some of the world’s grandest sights and most exciting scientific discoveries, including helping 750 million viewers watch Princess Diana’s wedding to enabling individual neutron scientists observe subatomic events.

As the Second Target Station project manager since 2019, he has already played a crucial role in the early success of the mission, which achieved Critical Decision-1 approval from the Department of Energy in November 2020. With CD-1 approval, the project was able to move ahead to advancing the design, further refining cost and schedule, and preparing the initial procurement plans. The STS project is now working on designing the building’s infrastructure and technical systems.

“It’s a tremendous honor and opportunity to be entrusted with directing the planning and engineering of the STS and its supporting infrastructure,” Murdoch says. “Now with approximately 100 full-time employees and eight instruments identified for the construction phase, the team is making progress on the preliminary design and identifying key technical interfaces.”

Murdoch has over 35 years of progressive experience working in technical and management capacities in a particle accelerator and fusion engineering environment. He served as the interim project director of STS since John Haines retired as project director in December 2021. Murdoch originally joined ORNL in 2001 to lead the design, installation, and commissioning of the mechanical systems on the SNS accelerator, which began operations in 2006.

Murdoch is a fellow of the United Kingdom’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a registered chartered professional engineer with the United Kingdom’s Engineering Council.

Fort Loudoun Medical Center selects Martin

Covenant Health has selected Connie Martin as the new president and chief administrative officer at Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City.

She has been vice president and chief support officer at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

“The opportunity to work with the strong and patient-focused team at Fort Loudoun Medical Center is inspiring,” Martin says. “The clinical and support staff as well as the medical staff are incredibly gifted, and this collaborative team has a track record of providing outstanding care for the community. I look forward to supporting and guiding the team, as well as being an active community partner.”

Martin will succeed Fort Loudoun’s current CAO, Jeffrey Feike, who retired at the end of March.

Martin’s transition will return her to the area where she began her career in 1982 as laboratory manager of what was then Loudon County Hospital (later Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center). In 1991, she began working in Cleveland and Chattanooga, Tennessee, in a variety of hospital leadership roles with Bradley Memorial Hospital and Memorial Health System.

Martin returned to a new Fort Loudoun Medical Center facility in 2004 as director of support services and laboratory.

In 2009, Martin was named vice president and chief support officer at Methodist Medical Center and has spent the past 13 years overseeing the operations of cardiac services, oncology services, laboratory, imaging and food and nutrition services.

Licensed as a medical laboratory supervisor, Martin holds a degree in medical technology from Tennessee Wesleyan College and a master’s in health systems from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the East Tennessee Healthcare Executive Affiliation.

Community Brands appoints Wirta as CEO

Knoxville’s Community Brands has named David Wirta as the company’s new chief executive officer.

Community Brands is a provider of cloud-based software and payments solutions for associations, nonprofits and K-12 schools.

A seasoned executive across multiple software and technology verticals, Wirta has global experience in the private, public and private equity sectors, driving aggressive growth strategies to scale businesses both organically and through acquisitions. He previously served in the executive suite at Community Brands in 2019 and 2020, before transitioning to a leadership role at Therapy Brands, another company within the same investment portfolio.

“Community Brands has helped so many worthwhile organizations weather the storm of the last few years, and it’s gratifying to rejoin this company at such a pivotal time of growth and tech acceleration,’’ Wirta says. “I look forward to leading the team in delivering innovative solutions that help these organizations focus on the great work they’re doing in our communities.”

Luna, Fuller take on new roles at Haslam College

LeAnn Luna has been named the Jan R. Williams Professor at Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Robert Fuller, who previously held the title, is the college’s new EY Professor.

“LeAnn and Robert are nationally recognized experts in their fields and are very deserving of these professorships,” says Terry L. Neal, Richard L. Townsend Chaired Professor of Accounting at Haslam and head of the college’s Department of Accounting and Information Management. “We are very appreciative of their many efforts to promote our programs and our students.

The EY professorship was previously held by Joe Carcello, emeritus professor who served as AIM department head from 2014 until his retirement in 2017. The professorship had remained vacant from that time until Fuller’s appointment.

IACMI picks Brosius as its interim CEO

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation has announced Dale Brosius has been appointed interim chief executive.

Brosius will lead IACMI as it identifies a permanent CEO to succeed Dr. John Hopkins, who is stepping down after leading the organization for more than four years.

“Dale has been a foundational part of IACMI since its origins and brings proven experience, expertise, and stability to the IACMI leadership role,” said Dr. Stacey S. Patterson, president of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. UTRF is the sole corporate member of Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation, the nonprofit organization which operates IACMI.

“From our inception, and even before his being named chief commercialization officer in February 2015, Dale has played a key role establishing IACMI, growing and serving our consortium membership, and ensuring success in meeting our Department of Energy objectives.”

As interim CEO, Dale will become responsible for the full scale of day-to-day operations of the institute. He will also continue in his roles as Chief Commercialization Officer, Executive Director of the IACMI Consortium, and chair of the IACMI Consortium Council.

UTIA’s Larson earns Lifetime Achievement honor

James A. Larson, professor at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

The award is given in recognition of his significant and enduring contributions to the agricultural economics profession.

Much of Larson’s research has been used to improve farmer profitability and ensure long-term economic stability for farming operations while simultaneously protecting the environment.

A longtime member of UTIA’s Biobased Energy Analysis Group, he has been instrumental in its efforts to develop bioenergy feedstock supply chains in the Southeast using biomass crops, crop residues and winter oilseed crops as feedstocks.

Larson also excels at interdisciplinary research, fostering teams of plant scientists, soil scientists, agricultural engineers and dairy scientists to address challenging issues that are most effectively addressed by combining knowledge from a variety of perspectives.

He has contributed to 115 journal articles, five book chapters, 100 abstracts or proceedings and 46 refereed experiment station publications. He led or co-led completed projects totaling $3.4 million and is currently involved in projects bringing $2.4 million to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, where he has been a faculty member for nearly 30 years.

Larson earned his doctorate in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University, a master’s in agricultural economics at North Dakota State University and bachelor degrees in both animal science and agricultural economics from North Dakota State University.

Christman Company hires sr. project manager

James Fawcett has joined The Christman Company as a senior project manager at the construction management and real estate development firm’s office in Knoxville.

“A three-decade career in construction management on projects that mirror those of The Christman Company made Jim a solid choice for our Knoxville team,” says Marty Gibbs, senior vice president and general manager for The Christman Company’s operations in Knoxville.

Fawcett currently is focused on a medical imaging research and development facility project for Siemens Healthineers.

Fawcett earned a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He previously worked for 21 years for H.R. Beebe Inc., in Utica, New York, as a project manager and project director, overseeing projects in multi-family, K-12, higher education and other sectors.

Ramsey joins Family Clinic of Oak Ridge

Covenant Health welcomes certified family nurse practitioner Emileigh Ramsey, FNP-C, to its primary care team at the Family Clinic of Oak Ridge.

Ramsey joins an experienced team of board-certified internal and family medicine physicians who are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for common family illnesses and conditions.

Ramsey’s clinical interests are family practice and women’s health.

She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Kentucky University and her master’s from Carson-Newman.

Family Clinic of Oak Ridge is at 100 Vermont Avenue.

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