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The New “New” Economy

The Housing Hour May 18, 2016



Special Guests

Dr. Michael Leon Simpson,

ORNL Scientist / UT Professor


R.L. Mitchell, Solar Energy Consultant


20160517_101635-1joins The Housing Hour to discuss the future of Work, Transportation, Housing and its relationship to Energy in The New “New” Economy.

Dr. Michael L. Simpson

Professor Ph.D., Tennessee: Semiconductor devices and analog electronic circuits

Brief Bio

Dr. Simpson earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1983, 1987, and 1991, respectively. His dissertation research focused on charge trapping correction in high-purity germanium radiation detectors. At the time he received his Ph.D. Simpson worked in R&D at EG&G Ortec, and moved to the Scientific Staff of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1992 where he initially worked on the design of high-speed, custom, analog, integrated circuits for collider physics experiments. Later Simpson’s research interest focused more on nanoscale structures, and in particular, on the interface between nanoscale devices and biological systems. Simpson is now a Distinguished Research Staff Member and Theme Leader in the ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences.  Dr. Simpson began a joint faculty appointment with the University of Tennessee in 1993, first with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and now with the Materials Science and Engineering Department, where he teaches nanobiosciences courses and performs research at the physical-biological sciences boundary.  Dr Simpson has authored or co-authored 115 peer reviewed journal papers, holds 24 U.S. Patents, and has presented numerous invited talks at conferences, workshops, and symposia.

R.L. Mitchell – EnergyPro Consulting

His professional staff will provide the guidance you need to make the right decision when it comes to renewable energy.  They provide a full line of consultation services for their customers, from troubleshooting existing systems, expanding existing systems (solar energy systems are very “modular”), to full guidance with all aspects of new installations.

They serve their customers with comprehensive solar site assessments that include site suitability and installation options, shading assessment, installation requirements, financial analysis, purchasing consultation and contractor bid analysis. Their clients satisfaction is their mission so they help you consider system size, fit to your site, budget, building, and environmental goals. They understand the complexities of system integration that can affect your home or business and help you make the decisions that are right for your situation.

They can also help clients make the best choice from solar proposals already in hand. They have intimate knowledge of products, incentives, and finance options and we will review the size, design, and help you choose the products that fit best within your needs and your budget. It is our job to shed light on your many solar options, and most importantly, to save you thousands on your current and future energy needs

Reference Article:

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