The Technical Society of Knoxville is a group of persons interested in technology and science, and their effects on society, and in particular, on the community.
The Society was founded in 1921 by Charles E. Ferris, first dean of the University of Tennessee's College of Engineering, and a group of leading members of the community.
The hallmark of the Technical Society is its Monday Luncheon meeting.
Usually the society meets on the second Monday of each month.
The program features a speaker on a subject of technical, scientific or general interest.
Records indicate that more than 4,000 luncheon meetings have been held over the past 100 years.
The presentations are planned to be informative and educational. They provide person to person contact with experts in the field.
Meetings take place at the Crowne Plaza on Summit Hill Drive in downtown Knoxville.
Monday meetings are announced in the Wednesday Knoxville News Sentinel Shopper News.
Guests are welcome.
Meeting attendees receive a token for exiting the garage without charge after the meeting.
Members and guests begin arriving around 11:30 a.m. and go through the buffet line.
During the pandemic, TSK follows CDC and local recommendations for social distancing and personal protection.
A plated meal is served to each guest directly at the table.
Cost is $13 per person payable in cash or by check in the meeting room to the designated collector.
Included in the meal price is complimentary self parking in the hotel garage.
Guests who choose not to eat pay a charge of $5 for parking and room service.
Meetings are called to order at noon.
After a brief transaction of Society business, the guest speaker is introduced. Normally, presentations take about 50 minutes. Time is usually available for questions from the audience. The meetings are adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Some programs are scheduled as professional development hours (PDH).
These meet the State of Tennessee’s continuing education requirements for professional engineers. A PDH consists of at least 50 minutes of prepared presentation with discussion reserved for the time after the meeting.
The State Licensing Board does not pre-approve such hours. TSK does not guarantee approval, but strictly meets the Board-specified requirements and issues a certificate of attendance.