Staff

Stephen (Steve) Levy, Technical Director
Steve spent 35 years in electric power generation, energy storage, transformation and switching.  He is experienced in solar energy, high efficiency gas discharge lamps, pulse power, capacitive energy storage, thermophotovoltaics, and thermionic converters.  He also spent thirty years in army research and was a major player in Regan’s “Star Wars.” He was the Army project engineer responsible for the design, construction and for promoting the construction of the Army Pulse Power Center, a $25 million dollar advanced 30 megawatt (average) testing laboratory for developing directed energy weaponry for Star Wars winning Congressional approval and having Boeing Engineering build the unique facility.  It became operational in 1985.  He and his staff devised an all electric tank that was brought to the attention of the Army R&D Staff who adopted many of the suggested changes to the modern day tank and other armored vehicles.  Mr. Levy was also assigned the responsibility for semiconductor switches managing a $15 million effort creating the term “megawatt electronics” incorporating the efforts of seven government agencies including the Electronic Power Research Institute (EPRI).  Steve was hired by EPRI to be the Director of the EPRI Power Electronics Applications Center in Knoxville, appointed by the Ballistics Missile Command to their technical advisory board, and appointed an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Textiles Center (TANDEC).  He is now co-teaching solar energy at UTK in the Materials Science Department at the graduate level and presently serving as Technical Director of the Tennessee Solar Energy Association.  Has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Science.  He has 13 patents and 50+ professional publications.

Darwin Carey, Senior Intern
Darwin is an Environmental Studies student from the University of Tennesee, Knoxville. He promotes solar energy by being active in the community and assisting with countless environmental projects and several organizations.

Benjamin Maddox Research Intern
Ben, a Junior at the University of Tennessee. He is finishing his degree in Environmental Studies.

Matthew Cantley Outreach Intern

6 comments

  1. TSEA says:

    I am sorry that I cannot answer your question. There is someone that is helping with the website that might be able to answer your question. He is Justin Tomes, a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that is constantly working on our website. He can be reached at justin@tnsolarenergy.org You might ask him your question.
    Steve

    • TSEA says:

      Hey, Justin here. Unfortunately I don’t have an answer. Our web host uses proprietary software and we have no way of editing our own infrastructure. I haven’t seen any templates for mobile browsers but I’ll keep an eye out. Thanks for reading!

  2. TSEA says:

    Our website has had spam comments. They are rejected.
    Steve

  3. TSEA says:

    I wish I could help but I know nothing about fixing the problem or handling web issues. Because it is in between semesters here at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, I have not got an intern for the web management as yet, but will keep your message for action once we have a new volunteer. Sorry I cannot do more.
    Steve

  4. John Matthew Mixon says:

    Hello, my name is Matthew Mixon and I will be graduating from Appalachian State University in May of 2012 with a degree in Sustainable Development: Community, Regional, and Global Development with a minor in Appropriate Technology.  I am very interested in what your company is all about and I am looking to get started with my career in the renewable energy field.  If this company is interested in hiring in any positions starting in May or June, I would be glad to send my resume and anything else necessary.  My e-mail address is mixonjm@appstate.edu.  Again I am very interested in getting started in this field and look forward to hearing back from you.  Thanks and have a great week.

    Matthew Mixon

  5. David Troutman says:

    Can your organization help to circulate a petition to your members related to the plans to begin hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in teh Cumberland Forrest.

    http://org.credoaction.com/petitions/tell-ut-and-the-state-building-commission-don-t-frack-the-cumberland-plateau?r=11586361&id=55624-3472170-dHwVkAx

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