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Columbia Basin Section

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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  • Q&A with the President of ANS

    The Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society is happy to announce and invite the Columbia Basin Section of the American Society of Mechanical to their February 2021 seminar featuring the President of ANS, Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar.  This is the third in a series of presentations on the Nuclear Power industry from ASME Columbia Basin Section and ANS Eastern Washington Section.

    Dr. Dunzik-Gougar is the associate dean of the Idaho State University (ISU) College of Science and Engineering, associate professor of nuclear engineering and a senior reactor operator at ISU’s Aerojet-General Nucleonics nuclear reactor, commonly known as the AGN-201. Presently, she coordinates the nuclear engineering curriculum at ISU and teaches core graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Dunzik-Gougar also performs nuclear materials research and is involved in regional and discipline accreditations, ISU’s international program development, and reactor administration.

    The meeting will be from 6 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, February 16th. Zoom login info is below:

    Join Zoom Meeting 

    Meeting ID: 879 8110 7220
    Passcode: 906760
  • ASME Columbia Basin Section 2021 Engineer of the Year Award and Presentation

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on February 25th at 7pm as we honor our 2021 Engineer of the Year, Consuelo Guzmán-Leong.  Ms. Consuelo Guzmán-Leong, P.E., is a Principal Engineer and Director of LPI, Inc.’s Richland, Washington office.  She has been working in the Tri-Cities community for over 20 years in a variety of diverse engineering disciplines as well as in project management. 

    Ms. Guzmán-Leong has participated on structural and thermal analysis projects, contributed to and managed Hanford’s Double-Shell and Single-Shell Tank structural integrity projects, performed systems testing and data analysis in support of the Waste Treatment Plant, and has contributed to the development and application of physics-based probabilistic degradation models and has performed fracture mechanics calculations for a variety of nuclear systems and components.  Ms. Guzmán-Leong has been an ASME member since 1997, and supports ASME as a member of the ASME Section XI Code Working Group Pipe Flaw Evaluation, member of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Committee, and as the Vice-Chair of the Columbia Basin Section.   

    Ms. Guzmán-Leong will also give a presentation titled "The Facets of Engineering."  Problems can be big or small, complex, or simple.  Most would agree that creative solutions to problems are more readily achieved by a team than with one person.  The presentation highlights one of the many engineering problems Consuelo has encountered in her journey as a mechanical engineer and the many and different faces of engineering that allowed solving the problem possible. 

    Part of her journey in the last eight years has also involved supporting the ASME organization.  ASME relies on many people of diverse backgrounds to develop, share, and apply engineering knowledge.  There are many ways to contribute, and the presentation identifies ways interested individuals can contribute to the field of engineering as part of the ASME organization.

    Topic: ASME Columbia Basin Section 2021 Engineer of the Year Award and Presentation
    Time: Feb 25, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 822 2425 2877
    Passcode: 421214

    If you have any questions or would like to join the presentation by phone, please email