ELECTRIC CITY, Wash., 12/12/11 (PennWell) -- Mechanical engineer Mike Strombach has been named the Pacific Northwest Region's Engineer of the Year by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation for his work at Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington.
Strombach was recognized for his proactive approach to increasing operation efficiencies, improving safety at Grand Coulee Dam and setting a standard for professionalism in the engineering organization, according to a Reclamation release.
He has also developed a training program for incoming apprentices and is noted as the inventor of a vortex generator/cavitation avoidance device that is currently being tested inside scroll cases and turbine runners at the dam.
Strombach and his wife, Sara, live in Electric City, Wash., and have four children and six grandchildren.
The 6,809-MW Grand Coulee Dam is part of the Columbia Basin Project and is the largest hydroelectric dam in the United States.