Session 2: Huntsville & Oak Ridge – Science & Technology in the TVC

July 23rd | 1pm ET / Noon CT

A majority of the TVC’s annual $75 billion in federal investments are made in the historic communities of Huntsville and Oak Ridge. Learn more about the federal missions based there and how they impact our nation and world.

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Convene & Welcome
Kevin Bumpus, Business Development Manager, UniTech Services Group
Kristina Hendrix, Director of Communications, Dynetics

Special Remarks
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District
Mayor Tommy Battle, Huntsville

Sponsor Remarks
Kristina Hendrix, Director of Communications, Dynetics

Keynote Introduction
Congressman Phil Roe, Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District

Keynote Adresses
NASA Deputy Administrator James W. Morhard

Introduction of Panel Moderator
Kristina Hendrix, Director of Communications, Dynetics

Andy Page, President/CEO, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) [Moderator]
Dr. Thomas Zacharia, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Jay Mullis, Manager, DOE Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM)
Preston Jones, Associate Director, Technical, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Dr. Phil Oldham, President, Tennessee Tech University

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann

Mayor Tommy Battle

NASA: We Are Going

NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard

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Speaker Bios

NASA Deputy Administrator

James Morhard was nominated by President Trump and confirmed to be NASA’s 14th Deputy Administrator. He was sworn in on October 17th, 2018.

Jim helps provide overall leadership, planning, and policy direction. He performs duties and exercises powers delegated by the Administrator, assists him in making final agency decisions, and acts in his absence to govern NASA operations. Jim also is responsible for articulating and representing the agency’s vision.

Prior to his tenure with NASA, Morhard was the U.S. Senate Deputy Sergeant at Arms. He began his career as an analyst for the Secretary of the Navy, where he reviewed procurement and research and development programs. Beginning in 1991, Jim served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, working on the Defense and Military Construction, and Commerce, Justice, State Subcommittees.

In 2003, he became Chief of Staff of the whole Senate Appropriations Committee, where he worked with House and Senate Leadership, the Office of Management and Budget, and the White House to pass the 2004 and 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bills.

Jim earned his B.S. degree in accounting from St. Francis University, an M.B.A from George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District comprises 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.

Chuck earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois. He received both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.

For 24 years Chuck and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga after they both graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee.

Chuck has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.

Since taking office, Chuck has a 100% pro-life voting record and continues to support legislation that  protects the Second Amendment rights of East Tennesseans. 

Chuck serves on the Appropriations Committee which is vitally important to the residents of the 3rd District.  Within the Committee he serves on two crucial subcommittees:

  • Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
  • Homeland Security

Chuck’s role on the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee allows him to fight for funding for the Chickamauga Lock, a key East Tennessee infrastructure project. In addition, this subcommittee assignment is of paramount importance to the northern region of the Third District which is home to Oak Ridge National Lab, Y-12 National Security Complex, and a large environmental cleanup mission, all of which rely on funds appropriated by this subcommittee.

In the 116th Congress, Chuck was named Ranking Member on the Homeland Security Subcommittee. As the Ranking Member, or top Republican, Chuck leads the charge to provide funding for the government agencies that secure our homeland including the United States Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Chuck and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee and have three boys: Chuckie, Jamie and Jeffrey.

Mayor, City of Huntsville

Now in his third term, Mayor Tommy Battle is dedicated to creating jobs and diversifying Huntsville’s economic base. Through his leadership, the Mayor has assembled a coalition of regional leaders committed to recruiting industry, workforce development and high quality education. As a result, Huntsville leads the state in new jobs and economic investment.

The Mayor’s goal is to make the best possible use of Huntsville’s collective brainpower to ensure that the City becomes a global leader in innovation, research and development. GEO, Cyber, Energy and Biotech initiatives work to unite the City’s rich intellectual capital with new opportunities.

Mayor Battle believes Huntsville’s continued success is a result of its ability to think strategically for the long-term. He directed the City’s planning department to enjoin the community in a comprehensive master plan that will shape the city’s future for decades to come. The BIG Picture is tackling planning and quality of life decisions regarding neighborhood revitalization, urban redevelopment, recreation, transportation, design standards, and code and zoning changes.

The Mayor works for smart, measured growth with an infrastructure that allows citizens to maintain a high quality of life. When state and federal transportation budgets were cut, Battle negotiated an unprecedented $250 million, five-year, cost-sharing road package with the State to ensure Huntsville would build the critical roads it needs to move traffic.

A champion of teamwork, Battle strives to work collaboratively with leadership and citizens. Through the Mayor’s fiscally conservative leadership, the City has maintained a balanced budget and earned triple-A credit ratings from two leading rating agencies every year since 2009. Triple A credit is a distinction held by a small percentage of municipalities in the U.S. As a result, Huntsville is in an enviable position of stability and growth that has earned it global attention.

Born in Birmingham in 1955, Mayor Battle moved to Huntsville in 1980 after receiving a business degree from The University of Alabama. Four years later, he was elected to the Huntsville City Council, where he served as Finance Chair. His successful career as an entrepreneur and businessman, along with nearly 30 years of community service, effectively prepared him for the demanding role as the City’s chief executive officer, recruiter, and champion of Huntsville’s future.

The Mayor is married to the former Eula Sammons, a retired kindergarten teacher. They have one son, Drew, daughter-in-law, Lauren, and grandsons, George and Benjamin.

Phil Roe represents the First Congressional District of Tennessee. A resident of Washington County serving his sixth term in Congress, Phil has a strong work ethic and is committed to working on behalf of the First District, Tennessee and our nation.

A native of Tennessee, Phil was born on July 21, 1945 in Clarksville. He earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University in 1967 and went on to earn his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee in 1970. Upon graduation, he served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps.

Congressman Roe is Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and chaired the committee in the 115th Congress. Additionally, he serves on the House Education and Labor Committee. Previously, he was a member of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans.

As a physician, Congressman Roe has become an active player in the effort to reform our nation’s health care system. He is the co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus and a co-chair of the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus. Dr. Roe previously served as the chair of the Republican Study Committee’s Health Care Task Force for three congresses and helped write a patient-centered, free-market alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to serving in Congress, Phil served as the Mayor of Johnson City from 2007 to 2009 and Vice Mayor from 2003 to 2007. He ran a successful medical practice in Johnson City for 31 years, delivering close to 5,000 babies. Phil has three children – David C. Roe, John Roe, and Whitney Larkin – and is a proud grandfather. He and his wife Clarinda live in Jonesborough, and he is a member of Munsey United Methodist Church.

Director, Communications, Dynetics

Kristina L. Hendrix, APR is an award-winning, veteran communication strategist and is the Director of Communications for Dynetics, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama.  She has more than 15 years of experience with the Department of Defense, NASA, and private industry.  She manages the external and internal communication strategies for the Dynetics Group, a Leidos subsidiary. 

She is the recipient of the 2015 Public Relations Council of Alabama’s Philip R. Forrest, Jr. Professional Achievement Award, the 2016 Southern Public Relations Federation’s Professional Achievement Award, and the 2020 University of Alabama’s Outstanding Public Relations Alumni Award.  Hendrix holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations, cum laude, from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communications from the University of Memphis. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations certification. Hendrix is also a Certified Protocol Officer deemed by the Protocol School of Washington. She is active in numerous charitable organizations and volunteer boards.

Business Development Manager, UniTech

Kevin Bumpus serves as Business Development Manager for UniTech government accounts. The talent acquisition signals the company’s expanding commitment to serving U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories, designated Department of Energy (DOE) facilities and projects, as well as U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) groups.

Bumpus brings 36 years of nuclear industry experience to UniTech’s staff, having served in facility management, operations management, maintenance management, work control management, project management, and procurement roles, working on and supporting key Department of Energy initiatives. He most recently served as a facility manager for Omega Technical Services. In his new role, Bumpus will continue to develop industry relationships and collaborate with UniTech’s team of regional sales representatives.

Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Thomas Zacharia, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since July 1, 2017, guides the application of an exceptionally broad set of core capabilities to the solution of compelling problems in science and technology, exploiting ORNL’s signature strengths in materials science and engineering, high-performance computing and computational sciences, neutron science, and nuclear science and technology to deliver mission outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other sponsors.  Thomas oversees the operation of a high-power proton accelerator and a nuclear reactor, the execution of classified activities, and the management of a complex array of research facilities and construction projects.  He also directs the development and execution of plans to ensure the future of the Laboratory, which employs more than 4,600 staff and has an annual budget exceeding $1.6 billion.

Thomas first joined ORNL in 1987 as a postdoctoral researcher. Soon after accepting a staff position with the Laboratory’s Metals and Ceramics Division in 1989, he established the Materials Modeling and Simulation Group and served as the group’s leader until he was named director of the Computer Science and Mathematics Division in 1998.  He served as Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for High Performance Computing from 2000 to 2001 and was named Associate Laboratory Director for the newly formed Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate in 2001.  He led the creation of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and the realization of DOE’s goal of fielding the world’s most powerful supercomputing system.  Thomas also oversaw the establishment of the National Institute for Computational Sciences, a partnership of ORNL and the University of Tennessee that successfully delivered a petascale supercomputer for the National Science Foundation in 2008. Before being named director of ORNL, he served as Deputy for Science and Technology, overseeing all of the Laboratory’s R&D programs.

Thomas holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India, an M.S. in materials science from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in engineering science from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He holds two U.S. patents and is author or co-author of more than 100 publications. He was named a Fellow of the American Welding Society in 2005, elected a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2014, and named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015.

Associate Director, Technical, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Carl Preston Jones is associate director, technical, of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Appointed to the position in December 2018, he provides expert technical assistance and advice to Marshall Director Jody Singer, supporting the full spectrum of NASA engineering, science and technology work at Marshall. Working closely with senior managers across the center, he performs special studies, advises and assists in policy reviews and develops benchmarking strategies, ensuring Marshall’s work is technically sound and achieves the goals and requirements of NASA and the nation.

One of NASA’s largest field installations, Marshall has almost 6,000 civil service and contract personnel, an annual budget of approximately $2.8 billion and is responsible for a broad spectrum of human spaceflight, science and technology development.

Jones previously served from 2016-2018 as director of Marshall’s Engineering Directorate, which leads the design, development and testing of numerous NASA space systems, including life support hardware for the International Space Station, multiple flight vehicles, spacecraft and lander hardware and software systems. Under his guidance, the Engineering Directorate provided critical support to the Space Launch System — the world’s most powerful rocket, which will send astronauts to the Moon and ultimately to Mars.

Jones began his NASA career in 1982 as an engineer in Marshall’s Structural Dynamics Laboratory, where he worked as a high-frequency data analyst supporting the Space Shuttle Program launches and post-flight assessments. He was the Liquid Engine Systems Branch chief in Marshall’s Propulsion Laboratory from 1994-1997 and the Propulsion Test Division chief from 1997-2000. He moved from the Engineering Directorate to the Shuttle Main Engine Project Office, serving as the engine systems team lead from 2000-2002.

He was appointed in 2002 to the Senior Executive Service, the personnel system covering top managerial positions in federal agencies. He returned to lead the Engineering Directorate’s Propulsion Systems Department from 2002-2007, then its Spacecraft and Vehicle Systems Department from 2007-2011. He was promoted to deputy director of the Engineering Directorate in 2011.

Among his numerous NASA awards and citations, Jones in 2008 received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives — one of the highest honors presented to career federal employees — for outstanding achievement at NASA. In 2014, he was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for career achievement and technical contributions. He received the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2006 for his leadership of Marshall’s Propulsion Systems Department; the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2000 for support to the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project Office; and a Marshall Center Director’s Commendation in 1995 for advances in High Speed Data Diagnostic Systems. In 1992, the NASA astronaut corps presented him with the Silver Snoopy Award for his contributions to the success of human spaceflight missions.

Jones received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1982 from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega and has completed engineering courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Jones and his wife Betty live in Huntsville, as do their three sons — Coleman, Zachary and Sam — and two grandsons, Adam and Paul. 

President/CEO, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Andy Page is President and CEO of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU.) He provides comprehensive oversight, strategic direction and leadership for ORAU and its diverse set of missions involving STEM workforce development, scientific assessment, worker health, environmental management and radiological emergency response. 

Page works closely with government agencies and the academic community to secure new programs and partnerships to further enhance ORAU’s national and international reputation. ORAU’s flagship contract is the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE.) ORAU also supports various DOE National Laboratories—such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory and others—with STEM internship and fellowship programs to help build the pipeline of future scientists and engineers. 

Other federal agency partners include the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the academic front, ORAU actively works with a 127-member university consortium that boasts some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the country. 

Before becoming president, Page was vice president and director of ORAU’s National Security and Emergency Management Program, supporting the DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Emergency Response. He has also managed ORAU’s counterterrorism readiness programs for other government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of State, as well as the Bureau of Reclamation’s National Critical

Infrastructure Dam Program, and the State of California’s Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program. Page was a certified member of both the DOE/NNSA Nuclear Incident Team and the Senior Energy Official Incident Management Team. 

Prior to joining ORAU in 1999, Page served nearly 25 years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a commanding officer in the Marine Corps Fleet Marine and Security Forces, served as deputy branch head of amphibious ships and programs at the Pentagon, and served in high-level staffing assignments at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was one of only 11 senior-grade officers chosen to represent the Marines at the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a prestigious senior service school that provides graduate level education to senior members of the armed forces. Page holds three master’s degrees: in management from Webster University, in education from Old Dominion University and in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in history from The Citadel. He serves on the board of directors for the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the UT-Battelle Board of Governors and institutional liaison for the Tennessee Valley Corridor Board of Directors.

Manager, DOE Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM)

John Arthur (Jay) Mullis II is the Manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM). He was selected to this position in November 2017. He is responsible for safely executing the environmental cleanup of the 32,400-acre Oak Ridge Reservation which entails successfully managing the cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex. Specifically, Mullis oversees environmental cleanup and stewardship, decontamination and decommissioning activities, waste processing and management, surveillance and maintenance programs, historic preservation efforts, and procurement and contract functions.

Before serving as the Manager, he began serving as OREM’s Deputy Manager in February 2015. In this capacity, he helped direct and support the office’s division directors and federal project directors to ensure federal oversight and progress conducting environmental cleanup across the Oak Ridge Reservation. He began serving as the Acting Manager in October 2016. Prior to his selection as Deputy Manager, he was the Acting Deputy Manager and Director of the Engineering, Safety and Quality Division for OREM. Additionally, Jay led the SEB that resulted in the award of the UCOR contract. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina. He completed extensive training and was qualified as a Nuclear Engineer while working for the Navy at the Charleston Naval Shipyard and has been a fully certified Facility Representative for the DOE. Jay has more than 30 years of federal service. His experience consists of approximately nine years working in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program at Charleston Naval Shipyard with the balance of his service working for DOE in various assignments related to environmental restoration, decontamination and decommissioning, and waste management activities. He has led or been a member of numerous audits and assessments, including Conduct of Operations and Conduct of Maintenance assessments.

President, Tennessee Technological University

Philip B. Oldham became the president of Tennessee Technological University on July 1, 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served as provost and senior vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Freed-Hardeman University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1985. He spent a year following his graduate work as a Wellcome Research Fellow at Burroughs Wellcome Company (Glaxo Smith-Kline), Research Triangle Park, NC, before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University in 1986. Phil served as head of the Department of Chemistry at Mississippi State University for five years prior to becoming dean of arts & sciences at MSU in 2001. In 2007, he accepted the position of provost at UTC.

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