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 January 2018 Chapter Meeting

Our dinner keynote speaker was Dennis Walters, Senior Vice President, Dana Engineering, Inc, who presented on preparing for the effects of a High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) attack.  Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is an instantaneous, intense energy field that can overload or disrupt at a distance numerous electrical systems and high technology microcircuits, which are especially sensitive to power surges. A large scale EMP effect can be produced by a single nuclear explosion detonated high in the atmosphere, which is referred to as a HEMP. Electrical power, e.g. transformers, is the most vulnerable to a HEMP and, in some cases, could take several years to fix.  Dennis described how a homeowner could prepare for a EMP attack, and also discussed how communities and businesses could prepare.  In the case of businesses, an assessment should be carried out to identify critical systems and components and what could be done to protect them, in addition to identifying mission critical capabilities and what would be required to keep them going.  He also cited the U.S. Department of Energy Electromagnetic Pulse Resilience Plan, which was issued in January 2017, 

The board would like to say a big thank you to Dennis for his work and time to deliver the keynote presentation.

Alex Scortzaru, Executive VP, PMI CRBC, and Dennis Walters, Senior VP, Dana Engineering, Inc.  


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Calendar of Events

Chapter Program Meeting

The next Chapter meeting will be February 6, 2018, at CG Public House.  There will be an education session ( "Operations Research Project Management" presented by Angie Waterworth from PNNL) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, and the dinner meeting (“Planning and Building the Badger Mountain Trails"  presented by Lisa Black & Sharon Grant-Ghan) will run from 5:30p to 7:30pm. Details of the meeting and how to register can be found by clicking here.

2018 PMP Exam Prep. Boot Camps

The Columbia River Basin PMI Chapter of the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® is sponsoring in 2018 three, 4-Day, Boot Camps presented by industry-leading Project Management Expert Steve Norton, PMP and PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). Steve Norton’s Boot Camp will prepare you to take the PMP® / CAPM® exams and earn the prestigious PMI® certifications.

The boot camps will be held at the Hampton Inn, Richland, on the following dates:  March 26-29, July 9-12, and December 3-6.  Downloaded fliers for each boot camp, which provide in-depth details of the presenter, training and supplied materials may be found by clicking on the following links:  March Boot CampJuly Boot CampDecember Boot Camp

To register for a boot camp, please use these links:  March Boot CampJuly Boot CampDecember Boot Camp

2018 Project of the Year Awards Gala

The 2018 Project of the Year Awards Gala will be held on the evening of February 23 at the Richland Community Center. Details on how to register to attend the event and sponsorship opportunities will be forthcoming.

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Volunteer News

Call for Presenters.  Earn More PDUs by Presenting at the Monthly Chapter Program Meetings!

If you are searching for ways to earn more PDUs for zero cost then consider presenting an educational topic at an upcoming Chapter program meeting.  The Chapter’s Board Members established a one-hour educational session,  which is given each month prior to the Monthly Chapter Dinner Meeting.  If you are the presenter, you earn PDUs for your time spent creating and presenting the material.  Any subject of interest to Project Managers is a possible topic which includes all areas of the PMBOK.  In addition, general management, strategic and business management and leadership subjects are also appropriate for educational sessions.

If you have expertise in an area and are willing to present a one-hour educational session at a Chapter Program Meeting (4:30 PM to 5:30 PM), then please contact Chuck Gunzel at charles.gunzel@pnnl.gov for further information.  Volunteering helps your fellow chapter members too!

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Spotlight on Members

Hi, This is Ivan Thomas (VP Communications) speaking and I'm looking for news articles that I can share with the chapter membership, which shine the spotlight on the great things that we're doing in the community and/or the world of Project Management.  Listening to folks at the chapter program meetings, PMI Region 1 meetings, and hearing about projects at the Project of the Year Awards Gala, I know that we're involved in some cool stuff.  If you have anything that you'd like me to share then please email me at vp-communications@pmicrb.org, making sure that you've covered all of the bases regarding any public release approvals pertaining to the news article.

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