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  • Waste Immobilization and Treatment Plant Update

    The Eastern Washington American Nuclear Society has invited the Columbia Basin Section to join them for a Waste Immobilization and Treatment Plant presentation that will be held on June 15th at 6:30pm on zoom. The presentation will be given by Ian Milgate the Manager and Design Authority for the Hanford Vit Plant.

    Ian Milgate has 35 years of experience in engineering management, plant operations and maintenance, and business development. As Manager of Engineering, Ian is responsible for detailed design and all engineering, procurement and construction deliverables that flow down from the design. As the Design Authority, Ian is responsible for managing technical issue resolution and Bechtel’s Design Authority. Ian worked at WTP in 1999 with BNFL and joined Bechtel in 2005.

    He served as chief engineer at AMWTP in Idaho Falls until 2010 and then as Nuclear Business Development manager in the United Kingdom. He returned to WTP in 2013 as the deputy manager of Production Engineering and became the Project Technical Director & Design Authority in 2015. He moved into his current role in 2017.

    Waste Immobilization and Treatment Plant Update

    When: 

    June 15th at 6:30pm

    Will be held on Zoom 

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  • Toward a Resilient Electric Power Grid

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm for a presentation by Jeff Dagle on electric power grid resilience.

    Jeff Dagle has worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland Washington, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), since 1989.  During that time has had led numerous projects in the areas of transmission reliability and security.  Recent project highlights include leading  the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) and serving on the leadership team of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, leading the multi-laboratory system operations and control technical area.  He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington.  

    The interconnected North American power system that underpins our modern society has been recognized as the top engineering achievement of the 20th century.  Access to affordable and reliable electricity enables many of the things that we take for granted today and has enabled unparalleled economic growth and significantly enhanced our quality of life.  And while this vast power system remains affordable and reliable now and into the foreseeable future, there nevertheless remains potential hazards that threaten the resilience of this critical infrastructure.  This presentation will introduce the engineering basics of the power grid, discuss prior blackouts and lessons learned gleaned by engineers, delve into resilience concepts, and summarize steps being undertaken to understand and enhance power system resilience in the future.

    Topic: Toward a Resilient Electric Power Grid

    Time: Apr 14, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

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    Meeting ID: 860 9392 6883

    Passcode: 006019

    If you would like to call in by phone or have questions, please email Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com

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  • LIGO — A Feat of Modern Engineering

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on Thursday, March 25th at 7pm for a presentation by Dr. Jeff Kissel of the LIGO Hanford Observatory. 

    Jeff Kissel [he/him/his] is the Controls Engineer for the LIGO Hanford Observatory. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2005, went on earn his doctorate in Physics from Louisiana State University in 2010, with a thesis focusing on Calibration and Seismic Isolation Control Systems for the “initial" and “enhanced” generations of LIGO detectors, respectively. After a three year stint at MIT as a post-doctoral researcher leading the design, testing, and commissioning of the Suspension Control Systems during construction of the “advanced” generation of LIGO, he arrived in Eastern Washington as a staff scientist in 2013. His control system specialties have since ballooned to touch all aspects of the myriad of control systems LIGO needs to achieve its ground-breaking sensitivity.

    The title of Dr. Kissel's presentation is "LIGO — A Feat of Modern Engineering!"  The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, comprised of two detectors in the United States continues to provide a new and ground breaking insight in to the invisible universe through its 5 years of detecting of gravitational waves. Detecting these disturbances in space-time — and determining the properties of astrophysical sources that produced them — would not be possible with out a tremendous amount of precision engineering. In this talk, Dr. Kissel will discuss an overview of the LIGO detectors, how they work, and cover some of the highlights in vacuum, optical, electrical, controls, systems, and mechanical engineering that help LIGO ``hear’’ explosions in the universe from billions of light-years away.

    Topic: LIGO — A Feat of Modern Engineering
    Time: Mar 25, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 863 8470 8524
    Passcode: 544211

    If you have any questions or would like to join by phone, please email Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com

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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
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    Meeting ID: 879 8110 7220
    Passcode: 906760
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  • 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)

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    If you have any questions or would like to join the presentation by phone, please email mearsk@hotmail.com

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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)

    Join Zoom Meeting
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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 mearsk@hotmail.com

    ASME section presentations are now listed on the ASME Calendar.  Many section presentations are available for viewing world wide.  https://www.asme.org/conferences-events/calendar Select Sections under event type. 

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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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geometric-dimensioning-and-tolerancing-workshop-tickets-135532899551

    Bryan Fischer Biography: https://community.asme.org/columbia_basin_section/m/mediagallery/11629/download.aspx

    If you have questions, please email Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com

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  • Advanced Nuclear Energy: Planning for the Future.

    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 November 2020 seminar featuring the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Northwest, Mr. Brad Sawatzke.  This is the third in a series of presentations on the Nuclear Power industry from ASME Columbia Basin Section and ANS Eastern Washington Section.
    Brad Sawatzke was appointed CEO of Energy Northwest in April 2018. He  previously served as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nuclear Officer, beginning in December 2014, with responsibility for all Energy Northwest generating units. He joined EN as vice president of Nuclear Generation/Chief Nuclear Officer in December 2010.
    This presentation was prompted by the announcement of the Department of Energy contract with Energy Northwest for advanced nuclear reactor development.  This event will be hosted over Zoom on 11/17/20 at 6 pm.  We look forward to your attendance.

    Zoom Meeting Information:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83575176337?pwd=Q0NvVnV3N0FqcExBZExvUTZXS2JtZz09

     

    Meeting ID: 835 7517 6337

    Passcode: 394112

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  • Fukushima – A Lesson in Human Factors Surrounding Complex Systems Design

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on December 3rd at 7pm for a presentation on Fukushima and Complex Systems Design given by David Koch. This is the third in a series of presentations on the Nuclear Power industry from ASME Columbia Basin Section and ANS Eastern Washington Section.

    The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster caused a major shift in nuclear safety philosophy, both inside Japan and worldwide. Old nuclear reactors previously thought safe by design are now being reevaluated, with many seeing upgrades to legacy safety systems. What has not been discussed in depth though is the human-centered design factors that surface in such emergencies, and how overly rigid configuration management controls can actually negatively impact reactor safety in beyond design basis incidents.

    Engineered systems are often thought to be rationally designed because of the rigorous calculations and analysis performed by diligent engineers. Under the design surface though, those systems are often based on deeply held beliefs instead of logical systems-level thinking. This talk will provide an overview of the disaster before delving into the analysis, where it will be shown how complex systems engineering projects are human-oriented projects as much as component-oriented projects.

    David A. Koch graduated from WSU in 2010 with his BS in Materials Science and Engineering. He spent 2 years working in experimental aviation before switching to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where he spent 5 years working on the Waste Treatment Project. He left that position in 2017, returning to WSU fulltime to complete his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He traveled to the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in 2019 as part of his doctoral research.

    Topic: Fukushima – A Lesson in Human Factors Surrounding Complex Systems Design
    Time: Dec 3, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 880 7509 3786
    Passcode: 687812

    Please contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to call into the meeting.

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  • The Environmental and Human Health Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: What We Know 10 Years Later

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on November 12 from 7-8pm as Bruce Napier presents on the environmental and human health impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident after 10 years. This is the second in a series of presentations on the Nuclear Power industry from ASME Columbia Basin Section and ANS Eastern Washington Section.

    After a brief description of the time-line of the accident and the radioactive releases to the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2010, we will discuss the current state of knowledge about remaining radioactive contamination, its behavior in the terrestrial and ocean environment, and the estimated impacts on the plants, animals, and people of Japan.  Information will be summarized from a series of annual reports from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

    Bruce Napier has been a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the past 43 years.  Bruce works with the development and operation of models concern­ed with the environmental transport of radiological and chemical contami­nants­. His expertise and experience lie in the areas of radiation dose reconstruction, computer modeling, environmental analysis, and human health risk analysis. Bruce was the Chief Scientist for the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project that evaluated releases from the Hanford Site and is now a Principal Investigator for the US/Russian Joint Coordinating Committee on Radiation Effects Research (JCCRER), working on the dose reconstructions at the Russian Mayak Production Association for both the workers at and the populations living near the points of atmospheric release and along the Techa River downstream.  He participated in the International Atomic Energy Agency/World Health Organization Chernobyl Forum.  Bruce is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society, has recently stepped down from being a Scientific Vice President of NCRP - the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and is a member of the U.S. Delegation to UNSCEAR.

    Topic: The Environmental and Human Health Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
    Time: Nov 12, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 891 5171 1073
    Passcode: 059877

    Please contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to call into the meeting.

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  • The Future of Nuclear Power

    The Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society has invited Columbia Basin Section members to join their monthly presentations.  The presentation for October is The Future of Nuclear Power, presented by Mr. Bruno Comby.

    Mr. Comby is a nuclear engineer, founder and president of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy (France) with a global perspective of existing challenges the nuclear energy industry is facing.  This presentation summarizes current obstacles and explores how the nuclear industry must evolve in the near future to continue delivering safe and clean energy, and satisfy humanity’s health needs and energy needs.

    Topic: “THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR POWER” by Mr. Bruno Comby, a nuclear engineer, founder and president of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy, France
    Time: Oct 20, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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    Meeting ID: 846 0027 7613
    Passcode: 446582
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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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89438391376?pwd=QUFFK1Z4bzZ5bm1QaWYycW15OTdxdz09

    Meeting ID: 894 3839 1376

    Passcode: 375915

    If you'd prefer to join by phone, or have any questions, please email Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com

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  • Drone Racing Explained

    The Oregon Section of ASME is hosting an online presentation through ZOOM. Their special guest speaker is Brian Bailey, President of Northwest FPV (First Person View) Racing Club.

    Brian will review and describe the kinds of drones used in racing and other drone applications. Topics to include: flight mechanics of operation, equipment overview, drone racing courses, video transmission, battery power, club organization, national leagues, teams and more.

    Brian Bailey has been involved with building and racing drones since 2014.  He is currently the president of Northwest FPV, the local group for FPV (First Person View) Racing Drones, and runs 3rd party motor tests for drone racing motors.

    His professional background is in device physics and fabrication. Previous hobbies include Kite-boarding and Road Bike Racing, and he was equally obsessed with both.

    Club Details: https://nwfpv.com/

    When: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 7:00 -8:00 PM

    Where: Online through ZOOM Meetings

    Cost: FREE

    For Zoom event registration go to:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdeyvqTsrH9V0mnAlbfaNYSGlnkeCVdQX

    IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTE: The information, name and email address you provide for this Zoom event registration will only be used by the Oregon Section of ASME via Zoom Notifications regarding changes or updates as they pertain to this event only. They do not collect, retain, re-use or distribute any of your contact information.

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  • GD&T Workshop

    Join us for a 6 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 March 27, at Room 244 in the Floyd Building on the WSU-Tri Cities campus, starting at 8am.

     

    Prices are $25 for students, $50 for ASME Professional Section Members, and $60 for non-members.  Payable via credit card on Eventbrite or by cash or check on the day of the event.

     

    Seating for this event is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.  Registration closes March 25.

     Sign Up Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geometric-dimension-and-tolerancing-workshop-tickets-95157477577

    Directions: https://tricities.wsu.edu/campusmaps/

    Bryan Fischer Biography: https://community.asme.org/columbia_basin_section/m/mediagallery/11629/download.aspx
    If you have questions, contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com
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  • Volunteer Opportunities

    There are two volunteer opportunities coming up for Columbia Basin Section members.  We are looking for volunteers to help with two activities.

    The first is on February 20, between 3:30pm and 6:30pm, the Columbia Basin Section will be running an activity at the 3rd Annual Girl’s Day being hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.  At this event, girls between grades 3 and 12 are offered a chance to perform several engineering activities with the help of engineers.  The Columbia Basin Section will be showing kids how to build bridges from straw and tape.  We need 4-6 volunteers, between 3:30 and 6:30, volunteering for only part of the time is acceptable.

    The second activity is on March 12 at 5pm, the Columbia Basin Section will be judging engineering projects at the Mid-Columbia Science and Engineering Fair (MCSEF).  The MCSEF is a region wide science fair that draws students from the region.  The students are between 6th and 12th grade and compete for a chance to go to the state and international science fairs. The Columbia Basin Section has been awarding prizes to students that create engineering projects for many years.  We need 3 judges to evaluate the engineering projects and pick four winners.  This normally takes about 2 hours.

    If you are interested in helping at either of these events or would like more information, please email Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com.

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  • Nominations are Solicited for the ASME Columbia Basin Section Engineer of the Year for 2019

    The ASME Columbia Basin Section is seeking nominations for Engineer of the Year 2019.

    The section honors engineers for their technical, professional, and community contributions over the last three years (2017, 2018, 2019).  The recipient will be honored at a Columbia Basin Section event in 2020.

    The nominee should be a member of ASME in 2019.

    If you have an idea of a deserving engineer, please contact Judith Bamberger at bambergerj@asme.org

    Members of the Columbia Basin Section executive committee are willing to help you complete the nomination form.  Nominations need to be completed by February 14, 2020.

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  • ASME Columbia Basin Section Presents: ASME Executive Director and CEO Tom Costabile

    Tuesday December 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM
    WSU Tri-Cities East Auditorium
    2710 Crimson Way Richland, WA

    On Tuesday, December 17th, Thomas Costabile, the Executive Director and CEO of ASME, will be visiting the Columbia Basin Section.  He will be giving a presentation on "ASME Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."

    As the Executive Director of ASME, Thomas Costabile is responsible for implementing the Society’s strategy focused on the creation of products, services and programs around ASME’s initial core technologies – manufacturing, bioengineering, robotics, clean energy, and pressure technology. He is also responsible for guiding organizational programs in codes and standards development, membership, conferences, technical publishing, education and professional development, and public policy. From his base at ASME’s global headquarters in New York City, he oversees ASME’s strategic initiatives, finance, operations and staff.

    The presentation will be at the WSU - Tri Cities East Auditorium.  Following the presentation, there will also be a ceremony honoring the ASME Columbia Basin Section Engineer of the Year.  After the ceremony there will be a reception for Thomas Costabile and the CBS Engineer of the Year.

    Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear from one of the leaders of ASME and honor a local engineer.

    ASME Executive Director Presentation

    5:00 PM

    WSU Tri-Cities East Auditorium

    2710 Crimson Way Richland, WA

    If you would like to attend the reception after the presentation, please RSVP to: BambergerJ@asme.org; mearsk@hotmail.com; cguzman-leong@lpiny.com

    More information on Thomas Costabile: https://community.asme.org/columbia_basin_section/m/mediagallery/11531/download.aspx

    Directions to WSU -Tri Cities East Auditorium: https://tricities.wsu.edu/campusmaps/

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  • Volunteers for FIRST Lego League Needed

    Volunteers are needed for a FIRST Lego League event in the Tri-Cities area on December 7th.  FIRST Lego League is a robot building competition for elementary and middle-school aged children, designed to teach them STEM concepts and encourage them to overcome real-world challenges.  The competitors must build an autonomous robot from LEGO parts, designed to complete missions on a playing field.  The students also complete a research project based on the year's theme.

    Volunteers are needed for various roles at the event, including judges, referees, and various other positions. 

    Date: 12/7/19

    Time: 7:30am - 4pm

    Location:

    Chief Joseph Middle School

    504 Wilson Street

    Richland, WA 99354 USA

    If you are interested in volunteering, please visit this site:

    https://www.firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/event-volunteers

    It will take you to the volunteer registration system for all FIRST activities.  Please register there, then search for FLL activites in Washington, and select the Richland event.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com

    You can find more information about FIRST Lego League here:

    https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll

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  • Tour of the Port of Pasco

    ASME CBS AND PORT OF PASCO invites YOU!

    The Port offers FREE tours of the Port industrial sites.  The tours begin in the Port’s Administrative Office, 1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd., Suite 201, Pasco at 11:30 a.m., includes lunch and lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.  

    The Port's Executive Director, Randy Hayden, will explain what a Port is, how a Port operates, and the discusses the current projects underway at the Port of Pasco.  Following the presentation, our guests will board a bus that will showcase the Big Pasco Industrial Center, including the new Osprey Pointe Business Center, and the Inter modal Rail Terminal, as well as the Marine Terminal and Pasco Air Terminal.  It’s a great way to learn about the Port of Pasco and see some of the facilities important to our economy.  

    Seats are limited to 18-20.  

    Once sign up is complete final instructions will be emailed to attendees.  

    Sign up by October 25, 2019 with Tom Pitkin via email at twhaler@hotmail.com

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  • Herbert M Parker Lecture by Bruce Napier

    On October 30, Bruce Napier will be giving the Herbert M Parker Lecture at Washington State University - Tri Cities.  The lecture is sponsored by the Herbert M. Parker Foundation.  The foundation for education in the radiological sciences was created in 1987 to memorialize Mr. Parker and his many significant contributions to radiation protection, radiation biology, the environment and radiotherapy. In 1997, the Herbert M. Parker Foundation was incorporated into the Washington State University Foundation as an endowment. The proceeds of this endowment support scientific and educational activities that further develop technical advances and enhance public understanding of science and technology as applied to health and the environment.

    Bruce A. Napier has been a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the past 42 years. Bruce works with the development and operation of models concerned with the environmental transport of radiological and chemical contaminants. His expertise and experience lie in the areas of radiation dose reconstruction, computer modeling, environmental analysis, and human health risk analysis.

    Mr. Napier's lecture will be on "Radiation Health Studies in Russia: 25 Years of Commuting Halfway Around the World"

    The US/Russian Joint Coordinating Committee on Radiation Effects Research (JCCRER) has sponsored radiation dose reconstructions and epidemiological studies around the Mayak plutonium production site – a place much like Hanford which is on the opposite side of the world. Bruce Napier has been a Principal Investigator for several JCCRER projects. He will discuss the history of the Mayak site and point out parallels and contrasts with the Hanford Site. He will describe the various dose reconstruction projects for over 28,000 workers at Mayak and the 60,000 members of the nearby public exposed to atmospheric and river-borne releases of radioactive materials, and the results of the associated health studies. The Mayak studies contribute invaluable information on radiation health effects to major national and international standard setting bodies.

    What: Herbert M Parker Lecture

    Where: East Auditorium

    WSU Tri-Cities

    2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354

    When: October 30, 5pm to 6pm

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  • Tour of the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries

    On October 4th, the Columbia Basin Section will be touring the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registry (USTUR) in Richland, WA.  USTUR was created in 1968 to research actinide elements deposited within the human body – in persons with measurable, documented exposures to those elements.  They take samples from donors who worked with actinide elements and use them in research.  The donors have typically worked at government sites where plutonium, americium, or uranium were processed. Many worked at these sites during the development of nuclear weapons or during the cold-war years. Some of these sites include Hanford, Rocky Flats, Los Alamos, Savannah River, Fernald, and Mound.  The donations include tissue samples and whole body donations, which are stored at their facility in Richland.

    Please note that to attend this tour, all participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and refrain from taking photos to preserve the privacy of the donors to the facility.  US Citizenship is not required.  There is a chance the tour will be canceled or postponed if an autopsy is scheduled during the time of the tour.

    Space is limited, so please RSVP to Consuelo Guzman-Leong at guzman_connie@hotmail.com by October 2nd.

    For more information about the facility, please visit: https://ustur.wsu.edu/

    What: Tour of USTUR Facility

    Where:

    2340 Lindberg Loop
    Richland, WA 99354-4959 USA

    When: October 4th at 4pm

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  • Inside Look at the Hanford Reservation During the Cold War Years

    On October 2nd, the Columbia Basin Section will host an informative picture show describing the Hanford Nuclear site and career path for Mr. Dennis A. Armstrong, ASME life fellow, during Cold War years. The presentation covers the facilities and production cycle from fuel preparation, reactors, separations processes and final product fabrication.


    Dennis A. Armstrong is a Life Fellow of ASME and holds a BSME from Washington State University. Mr. Armstrong has made significant engineering contributions at the Hanford Nuclear site to a broad spectrum of production and design activities including early defense weapons manufacturing, waste management and commercial reactor design. Before retirement, he led the Safety Related mechanical equipment operating license qualification program for the Columbia Generating Station 1,100-megawatt commercial nuclear power plant. He has supported ASME at many levels, including vice president, Public Information, and vice president, Region VIII, plus active involvement in numerous committees including the local Columbia Basin Section. He currently serves as Chair of the ASME Old Guard Committee.


    Date: October 2, 2019

    Location: Richland Roundtable Restaurant

    Time: No Host individual menu orders at 5:30 PM - Presentation at 6:00 PM

    There is limited room, so please RSVP to Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com by October 1.

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  • Tri-Cities Technical Society Picnic & Barbecue

    Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer.  We are delighted to invite you to an upcoming technical society’s Picnic/BBQ on September 5th, 5 pm at Leslie Groves Park in Richland, Washington.  This event is sponsored by the Columbia Chapter of the Healthy Physics Society (CCHPS), the American Nuclear Society – Eastern Washington Section (ANS-EWS), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Columbia Basin Section (ASME – CBS).  This is a great opportunity to hang out with friends, make new friends, and learn about upcoming activities in each of the sections – we welcome new participation.
     
    Please r.s.v.p. with Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com no later than September 3rd in order to prepare the right amount of food. 
     
    What:   Technical Society’s Picnic/BBQ
    When:  September 5th, 5 pm to 8 pm
    Where: Leslie Groves Park, Richland, Washington
    Why:     Hangout with friends, make new friends, and learn about upcoming activities at CCHPS, ANS-EWS, and ASME CBS
    What is provided: hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, condiments, and chips
    What to bring:  side dish to share with 4 others (i.e. salad or dessert), lawn chair(s)
     
    We hope to see you there! 
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  • Tri-City Dust Devils Baseball Game

    It’s been a great year for the Columbia Basin Section – several tours (Lampson Cranes, Wanapum Dam, PNNL Grid Modernization, and the WSU Wine Center) interesting talks (A Days Pay – the Bomber paid for by the Hanford workers, Dr. Naveen Karri, The Reliability of Thermoelectric Generators, Joe Cluever, Area in Probabilistic Degradation Models – for corrosion, Jeff Dagle on PNNL grid Modernization Initiative Consortium) and K-Grad School activities or support (First Lego League, Girls Introduction to Engineering, Science Fair, Robotics High School Tournament, meetings with Walla Walla College and Central Washington University student sections, and support of WSU Tri-Cities ASME Student Conference).

    To finish off a great year, the Columbia Basin Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is sponsoring a gathering at the Dust Devils game on Saturday, June15th, when the Dust Devils play the Everett Aquasox at 7:15 PM.

    ASME arranged for special seating (first base side, right next to the field) and a BBQ prior to the game - all you can eat and drink (soda and beer) for an hour prior to the game (6:15 PM). Tickets for the entire event are $25 per person and can be reserved by contacting Gary Hickman at (509) 430-4048 or glhickman@charter.net.

    The tickets and wrist bands for the BBQ can be picked up in the parking lot prior to the game (~6:00 PM).

    This was an extremely fun outing the last few years and I hope you can join us this time as well.

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  • Guided Tour of the WSU Wine Science Center

    Taste Student Developed Wines!
    About the Tour & Facility

    The Wine Science Center provides viticulture and enology professionals with technical know-how to meet industry needs. This 40,000-square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art research and teaching winery, research laboratories, classrooms and meeting spaces that showcase WSU’s research and education and serve as a gathering place for industry members, students and visiting scholars from around the world. 

    Featuring a unique fermentation system:

    • 192 stainless-steel fermenters, individually temperature controlled, connected by monitoring systems that provide real-time data.
    • Automatic pump-overs to mix the fermenting wine regularly.
    • Wireless data transmission to a central computer, allowing the winemaker to track and record multiple fermentation's simultaneously. 
    More about the Wine Science Center →
    Details and How to Attend

    Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

    • Meet at 1:45 PM
    • Tour is approximately 1 hour, depending on Q&A
    • Limited to the first 15 people who register

    Sign up by April 16th!

    Send an email with each attendee's name and phone number to Tom Pitkin at TWHALER@HOTMAIL.COM.

    Directions will be provided after sign-ups are complete.

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