Strata-G Judges First Virtual Science Fair!
A Strata-G team of 9 science and engineering staff members participated as judges in the 2020 Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair usually held at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena. This was the 1st virtual SASEF Science Fair, and the Strata-G team judged 36 junior projects and 26 senior. A virtual awards ceremony will be held next week. Congratulations to SASEF for the successful event and to all who participated, especially the students. Thank you, Strata-G team, for applying your expertise as judges again this year.
The K-25 History Center officially opened at the former K-25 Site, now known as the East TN Technology Park. A large crowd, many of whom worked at K-25 before it closed in the mid-80s, gathered in the cold sunshine to hear officials from DOE, UCOR and the City of Oak Ridge praise the efforts of those former workers as well as the current workforce engaged in site cleanup, one of the largest and most complex in the DOE system and well on its way to closure. The museum is open the same hours as the American Museum of Science and Energy and is well worth a visit.
It is a tribute to our employees that Strata-G has achieved 3 million safe hours worked. This safety milestone is significant because it was attained in a complex work environment with numerous challenges to overcome on a daily basis. Our employees practice integrity, service, and quality every day, core values that provide the bedrock of our company.
Strata-G and Pinnacle Join Forces to Aid KARM and the Great Schools Partnership. Pinnacle Bank and Strata-G made a joint donation to support KARM and the Great Schools Partnership. The donations will go directly to the most pressing needs of families and children in the Knoxville area. Strata-G recently was honored with the Dream Big Small Business of the Year award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The award came with a $25,000 prize, which Strata-G promised to donate to these two organizations. When Pinnacle leaders in Knoxville heard about this commitment, they decided to match the gift with another $25,000 to the same organizations.
An employee-led collaboration with one of our key customers, UCOR, collected more than 300 coats for Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) Coats for the Cold campaign this year. By partnering with UCOR, we were able to collect even more warm garments for KARM to distribute to people in need.
Strata-G celebrated the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Dream Big Award on October 16. Dan Hurst, Strata-G President and CEO, said of the award, “We are honored by our selection as the Small Business of the Year Dream Big Award winner. It’s a testament to our professional staff of more than 230 scientists, engineers, health and safety experts, and project managers who practice our core values of integrity, service, and quality each day. We appreciate the U.S. Chamber’s recognition.” The award came with a check for $25,000 which Strata-G will invest into two of its existing outreach partners, KARM and Westview Community School.
Strata-G is proud to welcome Dr. Harold Conner to the Strata-G Board of Advisors. Harold’s leadership experience and commitment to excellence during a long career at sites in Oak Ridge and throughout the DOE complex will help guide Strata-G into an even brighter future.
Conner has five decades of experience with the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration and is a career veteran of multiple nuclear projects. His career has taken him to DOE sites across the country – including the Paducah and Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plants, Y-12 National Security Complex, Idaho National Laboratory, Savannah River Site, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has received the prestigious University of Tennessee Knoxville Alumni Professional Achievement Award and the Secretary of Energy Award of Achievement. In 2017, Conner was named a Fellow by the American Society for Engineering Management and in 2018 was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Conner serves on the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Board of Advisors and the Oak Ridge American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation Board.
A registered professional engineer in Tennessee and South Carolina, Conner received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Conner will join Ms. Joan Cronan, Dr. Willis Bixby, Dr. Reinhold Mann, and Mr. John LaBine on Strata-G’s Board of Advisors.
Strata-G staff members participated in the 2019 Global Leadership Summit, part of the Global Leadership Network. This year’s “class” spent 2 days listening to creative, successful people talk about leadership and using our gifts to impact our world in real and powerful ways. Each year, each person comes away a different lesson, so the compilation of inspiring and creative messages, over time, is absorbed into the Strata-G corporate culture. Wade Adams learned that perfection is the “enemy of progress” that will limit a person; Kylie Julius was impressed by a message of diversity and inclusion; Darrell Daugherty gave a thumbs up to the speaker whose passion for customer service was captured in this video, “Jackie, the Krispy Kreme Employee.” It’s worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ax2CsVbrX0
Kay Matthews, a Procurement Center Representative with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Tennessee and North Carolina, recently presented the 2019 Region IV SBA Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award to Dan Hurst and the Strata-G Team. The award is based on outstanding service. Dan thanked Strata-G employees for their excellent service to our customers and congratulated them on the exceptional performance that made the award possible.
Strata-G is grateful to be part of the LATA-Atkins Technical Services, LLC (LATS) team that recently won the Waste Management Services contract at Y-12. This is a 2.5 year subcontract with five 1-year options. The LATA-Atkins press release stated, “The LATS team is further strengthened by team member Strata-G, an accomplished Veteran-Owned Small Business. Strata-G has Y-12 experience on the Liquid WMS subcontract and provides solid waste characterization and management services to other Y-12 entities.” Kudos to Strata-G’s Bryan Schock and Angela Fleming, who along with their dedicated Y-12 team, have provided outstanding service to the customer, Consolidated Nuclear Security.