Key Employee Retires
Strata-G congratulated Carl Milligan on his retirement on June 1. Carl came to Oak Ridge from Idaho and was the first Strata-G employee specifically hired to support UCOR in 2012. For nearly a decade delivered project controls excellence to his UCOR customers.
Strata-G celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week by participating in a virtual book drive for Maynardville Elementary School, reaching the goal of providing 100% of the books requested by the school. We recognize the dedication of teachers who serve our students, families and communities and their commitment to strengthening our state through education.
Ridhima Singh, a sophomore at Farragut High School, is the 2021 Strata-G Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair scholarship awardee. Congratulations to Ridhima for her project, Spatial Pattern and Correlation Analysis to Understand the Relationship of City Structure on the Urban Heat Island (UHI) Intensity Across the US. Our nation and the world can look forward to young people like Ridhima to find solutions to climate change challenges.
Wellness Program Earns Platinum Status
Strata-G’s Wellness Program has earned the East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable’s Platinum status, lining up with organizations such as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Pilot Corporation, and the City of Knoxville. This effort is because of our long-time employee, Kate Honebrink, who organizes our corporate Wellness Program, a year-long program of health and wellness activities available to all employees.
In February, American Heart Month, Strata-G’s corporate Wellness Program recognized the importance of heart health by holding a number of wellness challenges and other heart-healthy awareness events. Strata-G’s corporate Wellness Program offers employees opportunities to improve their health through a variety of ways, focusing on health aspects such as water consumption, nutrition education, exercise, relaxation techniques, and weight loss.
Long-serving Tennessee public servant, Lamar Alexander, retired in January. Starting his career in 1967 as an aide to Senator Howard Baker, he returned home to Tennessee to successfully run for Governor in 1978 and was re-elected for a second term. His long career included serving as President of the University of Tennessee, Chair of the National Governor’s Association, U.S. Secretary of Education, and as a U.S. Senator from 2003 – 2021. He served on several powerful Senate committees, including as Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Committee on Appropriations.
Kairos Power announced at the 2020 East Tennessee Economic Council Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration its plans to deploy a test reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, pending completion of due diligence and the results of discussions with state and local officials.
Part of the decision to locate in Oak Ridge was the available infrastructure at ETTP and its proximity to ORNL. A press release from Kairos said that the successful commissioning of the Hermes reactor builds on their current technology development programs and extensive engagement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Ultimately, Hermes will prove that Kairos Power can deliver real systems at their cost targets to make advanced nuclear a competitive source of clean energy in the United States. Kairos Power has executed a Memorandum of Understanding with Heritage Center, LLC, to acquire the former K-33 gaseous diffusion plant site at ETTP, subject to ongoing due diligence evaluation
Kairos Power is a nuclear energy technology and engineering company whose mission is to enable the world’s transition to clean energy with the ultimate goal of dramatically improving people’s quality of life while protecting the environment. This goal will be accomplished through the commercialization of the Kairos Power fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) that can be deployed with robust safety and at affordable cost.
SASEF-UT Virtual Science Club
Each year, Strata-G supports the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF), and this year, we’re pleased to support the SASEF-UT Virtual Science Club https://sasef.utk.edu/virtual-science-club/ The VSC is designed to provide free virtual programming to assist students and teachers in the development of scientific skills and to motivate them to enter the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF)! The club is a joint venture between SASEF and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Pre-College Research Excellence Programs.
Strata-G Practices ALARA During the Pandemic
Strata-G practices ALARA, “as low as reasonably achievable,” as we work to keep our employees safe. This principle means that even if it is a small dose, if receiving that dose has no direct benefit, people should try to avoid it. To do this, we use three basic protective measures employed in radiation safety – time, distance, and shielding – to protect ourselves during the pandemic when we need or have to be around people outside the home. Limit the time spent around others, maintain 6’ distance from others, wear a mask.
Congratulations to Strata-G’s Linda Lawhorn on Prestigious Award!
The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) has awarded Linda Lawhorn, CHMM, CDGP, with the Pete Cook Founder’s Award for outstanding accomplishments in support of AHMP. Linda is a Strata-G radioactive and hazardous waste shipper and has served for 20 years in the East TN Chapter of AHMP before serving on the AHMP national Board of Directors. During her service to the national Board, she coordinated the review and update of the AHMP Desk Reference, Fourth Edition, that was unveiled at the 2020 annual AHMP conference. Congratulations, Linda