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  • ASME Columbia Basin Section 2020 Engineer of the Year Award and Presentation

    Join us on October 15th as we honor the 2020 Columbia Basin Section Engineer of the year, Nicholas Klymyshyn.  Nick is a Senior Research Engineer, Computational Structural Mechanics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA.  Nick’s research focuses on structural dynamic analysis of spent nuclear fuel and its storage and transportation systems.  He joined PNNL in 1997 and has supported numerous R&D programs related to energy and defense.  Numerical modeling using finite element analysis is his specialty.  Nick earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1996.

    In 2018 he received the US Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Achievement Award as a part of the International Multi-Modal Surrogate Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Test Team.

    ASME President-Nominee Mahantesh Hiremath will be presenting the award to Mr. Klymyshyn.

    Nick will also give us a presentation on Moving Spent Nuclear Fuel, One Model at a Time. Spent nuclear fuel (SNF) is collecting at operating reactors and shut down reactor sites across the US, waiting for a final destination to be determined.  PNNL is performing R&D related to the safe transportation and extended long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel.  One area where PNNL has exceptional technical expertise is in structural dynamic modeling and analysis. This presentation discusses some of the engineering models and analyses that are helping to close knowledge gaps in this area, as well as some of the recent experimental test campaigns that help validate the models.  One study at a time, one conclusion at a time, the state of knowledge is advancing and the impediments and uncertainties about moving spent nuclear fuel are being resolved.

    Topic: Columbia Basin Section Engineer of the Year Presentation

    Time: Oct 15, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 894 3839 1376

    Passcode: 375915

    If you'd prefer to join by phone, or have any questions, please email Kelly Mears at