Kyle Leinart, Coal Creek Scholar,
featured speaker at the
Technical Society of Knoxville
8 August 2016


UPDATE From the TSK staff: Kyle was the recipient of the 2011 Nantglo Scholarship from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation and he has used his education well and is now co-patent holder on a portable virtual reality device with One-Touch Navigation™, which enables architectural and engineering CAD drawings to be viewed in virtual reality. This is not even close to describing the device! Mr. Leinart demonstrated the device and I, secretary Bob Scott, could understand Samuel Morse’s message ‘What hath God wrought?’”

We met Kyle 16 years ago (in 2000) when he was in first grade at Briceville Elementary School.  Since then, Kyle has spent an estimated 150 hours on CCWF volunteer projects.  He’s been featured in several engineering magazine articles, newspaper, and TV news reports.

Our latest collaboration with Kyle was on Monday, when he and Barry Thacker, PE, made a technical presentation to the Technical Society of Knoxville on “Addressing economic problems in the Cumberlands—one student at a time.” Barry gave a historical perspective on the topic, while Kyle gave the modern-day outlook. The key to success both then and now involves a willingness to take a risk—Kyle was a star in illustrating that sometimes you must go out on a limb in your career because that’s where the fruit is.

Attendees mobbed Kyle at the end to try out the virtual reality device he developed when he was a senior at UT’s College of Engineering. They were also interested in his more recent entrepreneurial efforts with the firms ImmersaCAD and Lunar Punch Interactive. 

 He made us proud!

Some of the fine staff at the downtown Knoxville
Crown Plaza who always make the meeting run smoothly!

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