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Welcome to the Columbia Basin Section of ASME. The Columbia Basin Section covers 6 counties in Washington State (Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla). Check back for...
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  • A Brief History of Nuclear Reactors: From CP-1 to Advanced Designs

    On Thursday, January 21 at 7pm, Dr. Nicole LaHaye will be giving a presentation titled "A Brief History of Nuclear Reactors: From CP-1 to Advanced Designs."  

    Advanced reactor designs are of great interest and a research priority around the world due to the many benefits they offer, including capital cost reduction, inherent safety features, and the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing aging fossil fuel plants. But what are these designs, and how did we get here? This presentation will provide a brief overview of nuclear reactor history starting with Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first artificial nuclear reactor, up through the present fleet. I will then summarize the latest collection of advanced reactor design concepts. The technological evolution of nuclear reactors has been rapid and extensive, with broad opportunities still existing for advanced scientific research and engineering.

    Dr. Nicole LaHaye is a nuclear materials engineer in the Global Nuclear Science & Technology Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her research broadly spans nuclear materials production and advanced reactor designs for applications in research, energy, regulation, and national security. She received her PhD from Purdue University in 2014. She then joined PNNL in August 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher and expanded her dissertation research on the use of laser-based methods for the detection of nuclear materials before transitioning to materials production research as a full-time staff member. She is currently the project manager of multiple advanced reactor projects funded by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Topic: A Brief History of Nuclear Reactors: From CP-1 to Advanced Designs
    Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 812 7654 2346
    Passcode: 826040

    If you'd like to join by phone or have questions, please contact Kelly Mears at

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  • GD&T Training Workshop

    Join us for a two-part, 8 hour workshop on Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) given by Bryan Fischer. Bryan is a leading expert and published author with over 35 years’ experience in mechanical design and engineering. He specializes in 3D methods, CAD, GD&T, ISO GPS, 3D PMI, 3D Model-Based Definition (MBD), 3D Model-Based Enterprise (MBE), tolerance analysis and their implementation. Bryan has been active in national and international standards development throughout his career. He has been a member of ASME Y14 series standard activities for more than 25 years. He is a leading researcher and developer of standards, processes, and tools for the implementation of 3D MBD and MBE.

    The workshop will cover the basics of GD&T and what's new in GD&T, followed by an introduction to Model-Based Definition and Model Based Enterprise (replacing 2D drawings with annotated 3D models).

    The class will be held on Zoom in two parts. The first half will be on February 5th, from 12pm to 4pm. The second half will be on February 19th, from 12pm to 4pm.

    Prices are $25 for students, $50 for ASME Professional Section Members, and $60 for non-members. Payable via credit card on Eventbrite. The fee covers both halves of the workshop. When you sign up, a link to the Zoom web conference will be emailed to you.

    Space for this event is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. Registration closes February 3rd.

    Please register here:

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    If you have questions, please email Kelly Mears at