The President's Message
Jason R. Urso
CT Chapter of ASHRAE Members,
What a great program we had for our October meeting! The meeting started with a tour of Blake Equipment’s net-zero facility in East Windsor where we learned about the geothermal heat-pump system that serves their office space and warehouse. Following the tour, we headed to the New England Air Museum where attendees were able to view the museum’s collection of vintage aircrafts and where Jeff Harrison, P.E. LEED AP gave an in-depth presentation on geothermal systems. Kudos to Eric Fontaine for putting it all together and thank you to Jeff for sharing his invaluable knowledge and experience with geothermal systems. We are back at our home base in Cromwell for our November meeting, where we roll off the technical aspect of our profession and polish up on our risk management and engineering ethics.
Our Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Committee hosted a bowling event at the Revolutions Bowling and Lounge in South Windsor, which was a great networking opportunity for our younger members. Toward the tail end of the event the building lost power and sent our YEA members home free of charge! Thank you to Kevin Wixom and Evan Benoit for putting the event together.
Members may not realize that certain counties in western Massachusetts are part of the Connecticut Chapter. Are you an ASHRAE member located in in this area? Is Cromwell, CT too far of a drive for you to attend our meetings? If so, I am interested in creating a Section in Western Massachusetts to better serve and accommodate our members to the north. If you are interested in helping me with this effort, please email me at [email protected].
Not a member? Join today at https://www.ashrae.org/membership/join.
This home page is maintained by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. P.O. Box 143 Cromwell, CT 06416. ASHRAE chapters may not act for the Society and the information presented here has not had Society review. To learn more about ASHRAE activities on an international level, contact the ASHRAE home page at http://www.ashrae.org.
NOVEMBER 2019 ASHRAE DINNER MEETING
Engineering Ethics and Risk Management
Order of Events:
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Tech Session
5:45 PM to 6:45 PM - Registration, Networking & Cocktail Hour
6:45 PM to 7:15 PM - Dinner
7:15 PM to 8:30 PM - Dinner Session
Tech Session: Risk Register
Risk is an integral part of construction engineering. Are the factors considered by the construction company the same as those considered by the insurance company?
Dinner Presentation: Engineering Ethics
The presentation will focus on understanding engineering ethics by defining ethics, reviewing engineering Codes Code of Ethics, providing help in making ethical decision, and using case studies as a learning tool.
Tech & Dinner Sessions Speaker:
Robin A. Kemper, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP, F.ASCE, F.SEI, ASCE President 2019
Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant – Zurich North America
Speaker Bio: Robin A. Kemper, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, has diverse structural engineering experience focused mainly on building design. She is a senior risk engineer with Zurich North America, where she provides technical support to construction project policies. Robin has a passion for engineering ethics, and in her spare time, she has given over 20 presentations to various engineering groups.
Dinner Meeting Sponsors
Calendar of Events
11/14/2019 - November Dinner Meeting – Engineering Ethics and Risk Management
12/12/2019 - December Dinner Meeting – Building Efficiency programs and interface on HVAC Design (Panel Discussion)
1/9/2020 - January Dinner Meeting – High Performance Heat Pump Chiller Design
2/13/2020 - February Dinner Meeting – Pumps and Code Changes
3/12/2020 - March Dinner Meeting – High Efficiency Laboratory Building Tour and Panel discussion with Owner, Engineer, Architect
4/9/2020 - April Dinner Meeting – TBD
5/14/2020 - May Dinner Meeting – ASHRAE DL: Time Management and Workplace Dynamics
Welcome New members!
Josiah Butler, BVH
Michael William, Van Zelm
Weijun Mei, Cyclone Energy
Katelyn Dunn, Blake Equipment
Jacob Odelius, Swan Associates
Michael Couillard, BL Companies
Frank DiPaolo, Belimo
Bridget Weston, Accuspec
Justin Simko, Van Zelm
Gregory Frank, Mechanical Marketing
Do you have 12 years experience (combination of college education and work experience) or a PE? If the answer is yes, contact Tom Ruggiero to upgrade from Associate Member to full Member today!!!
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Membership Special Events!
Membership Battle is Back!
Support ASHRAE membership within your firm and win the CT ASHRAE Leading Membership Award!!!
Become a member at www.ashrae.org and receive a $20 gift card or free meal at our monthly meeting!!! (Must pay CT membership dues to be eligible for the gift card or free meal)
Stay tuned for more information!
Membership Referral Program
The membership referral program is still around! If you refer a member and they pay the CT chapter dues, both you and the new member will be given a $20 Visa gift card.
Click Here to learn more about the benefits of ASHRAE Membership!
Contact Tom Ruggiero for more information on becoming a member!
Your ASHRAE History Report...
Refrigeration has become an important piece of modern life. Our economy depends on reliable and safe refrigeration. Lets take a walk down the path of mechanical refrigerant development...
Early mechanical refrigeration systems employed sulfur dioxide, methyl chloride and ammonia. Being toxic, sulfur dioxide and methyl chloride rapidly disappeared from the market with the introduction of CFCs.
Chlorofluorocarbons dominated the market up to the 1980s, but concerns about depletion of the ozone layer sparked research into new refrigerants.
Ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are currently subject to prohibition on account of their harmful effect on the climate.
Whats next for refrigerants? Check ASHRAE Standard 34 and the ASHRAE Winter Conference fo the exciting research!
Young Engineers in ASHRAE
In recognition of National Scholarship Month, we encourage you to apply for the HVAC Design Essentials Training scholarship. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for either Level I or II of the HVAC Design training and five scholarships will be award for use between July - December 2019.
Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/2W5c5GJ
YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0
Palm Springs, CA – May 1-3, 2020
YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0 (YLW 2.0) is designed to provide additional, more advanced resources to YLW alumni. For this continuation of YLW, we bring back Ralph Kison to facilitate and expand on the skills he taught at the existing YLW event. As YLW alumni, you’ve had the opportunity to use the resources and connections you gained at YLW to not only grow your professional careers, but develop your participation within ASHRAE. The purpose of YLW 2.0 is to continue that growth and development, and hopefully inspire even further leadership skills and aspirations!
This event is open to any current ASHRAE member who has previously attended a YEA Leadership Weekend event and has not already attended YLW 2.0. Attendance is limited to 20 people and registration will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Registration will open on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 12:00pm/Noon Eastern.
The YEA Connection newsletter is a member benefit received by all YEA members. If you are not receiving the newsletter please make sure [email protected] is added to your safe list.
Interested in submitting an article? Submit your article here.
Please use the online gift form and select the “YEA Programs” option. This will help ensure that YEA Society level activities continue to expand the opportunities for professional and personal growth of members like you.
Interested in YEA? Contact Kevin Wixom at [email protected]
the WISE sponsoring societies select outstanding engineering students from among their members to participate in the nine-week WISE program in Washington, D.C. Students discover how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, while also learning how engineers and scientists can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making.
WISE can be a life-changing experience, if you make it so. The knowledge and skills you acquire will help you succeed in your personal and professional life if you are willing to work hard and be open to new and unexpected learning opportunities. The program opens your eyes to non-traditional career paths and alternative ways of productively using your engineering education. The contacts you make with your fellow WISE Interns, your faculty advisor and mentors, and Washington decision-makers provide a valuable network if you use them effectively. The key to success in the program is personal responsiblity and professional curiosity.
A new Student Membership Scholarship is available on the CT ASHRAE Student Activities Webpage. This new scholarship aims to aid our active CT ASHRAE student members by covering their membership fee +more. We have 10 available scholarships of $100 for our student members. The applicant must be a current student member in active status and fill out the application. That’s all! Please visit the Student Activities Webpage or contact [email protected] for additional information.
If you or someone you know may be interested please visit the Student Zone at ASHRAE.org to learn more about ASHRAE’s Scholarship and Grant Programs.
ASHRAE certification programs were founded to meet industry need and today provide value to 1,000s of built-environment professionals, employers and building owners.
For the past 100+ years ASHRAE has worked hard to earn and maintain a worldwide reputation for being the leader in HVAC&R design. ASHRAE certification programs serve to reinforce that reputation.
ASHRAE Certification Program
The Building Commission Professional (BCxP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certifications have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as meeting the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG). DOE recognition of these two ASHRAE certification programs positions the employers of BCxPs and BEAPs to compete for federal, state, and local government body contracts calling for the services provided by these certified professionals.
Enhancing ASHRAE’s reputation for quality certification programs, the following are ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Programs – under ISO/IEC 17024 (#1139):
- Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP)
- Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)
- Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)
- High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP)
Other available certifications:
- Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP)
- Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP)
- Certified HVAC Designer (CHD)
- Commissioning Process Management Professional Certification (CPMP)
2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference
Orlando, fl February 1-5, 2020
Join over 3,000 buildings-related engineers, architects, contractors, students, and other industry professionals for this 5-day event packed with technical sessions, education, industry-advancing committee meetings and social events. Your conference badge will provide entrance to the AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVAC&R marketplace.
The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. The track focus areas include HVAC&R fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, refrigeration and refrigerants, and other specific topics including novel approaches to HVAC&R systems and buildings for contemporary concerns and analytical techniques to economically automate buildings.
"The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference will feature a strong technical program including presentations and discussions on best design practices and standards, incorporation of innovative technologies, and cutting edge approaches applicable to a wide range of buildings-related engineers, architects, and professionals," said Conference Chair, Melanie Derby.
For more information click here!
GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
Global Government Affairs
U.S. Congressional Activities
State and Local Government Affairs
Blair Richardson, PE, CEM
CT ASHRAE 2019-2020
Officers and Board of Governors
President: Jason Urso, Tighe and Bond
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President-Elect: Eric Fontaine, van Zelm Engineers
Vice President: Michael O. Davis, P.E., Flow Tech, Inc.
Treasurer: Hank Cullinane, Clover Corporation
Secretary: Ashley Keller, P.E., CES
Board of Governor: Jason Bessette, Emerson Swan
Board of Governor: Tony Cammilleri
Board of Governor: Hank Cullinane, Clover Corporation
Board of Governor: Evan Cohen, Aercon
Board of Governor: Blair Richardson, BL Companies
Board of Governor: Bill Dunn, Aire Equipment
Board of Governor: Andrew Dana, Victaulic
Board of Governor: Tom Ruggerio, AKF Group
Board of Governor: Kevin Wixom, Flow Tech, Inc.
Become a Sponsor
ASHRAE reaches 475+ members and 250+ firms...
ASHRAE promotes professional growth, networkign, and experience...
ASHRAE provides education and technical contributions...
So – Become a Sponsor today to ensure these programs continue!
Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities (55+ avg monthly attendees):
Display Tray sponsor: $100 per meeting
- Choose between a fruit and cheese, or hummus and veggie appetizer display tray
- Complete with company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides and display table signage
- Verbal recognition during podium time
Wine/Beer raffle sponsor: $100 per meeting
- Benefits Student Activities Fund
- Complete with company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides and registration table signage
- Verbal recognition during podium time
Vendor Table sponsor: $100 per meeting
- Complete with display table, company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides
- Verbal recognition during podium time.
Triple Threat Package: $250 per meeting
- Purchase a Display Tray, Wine/Beer Raffle and Vendor Table for the same meeting and receive $50 off!
Golf Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorship Opportunities to be announced in January 2019.
We are more than happy to discuss creating a custom sponsorship opportunity for you. The CT Chapter frequently hosts YEA events that are also available to sponsor. Contact us today to start the discussion.
Have Questions or Want to Purchase Your Sponsorship?
*Please, No Collusion with Foreign Governments....
Please note chairpersons with * in front of their names makeup the chapter's Board of Governors
Committee Chair Position Available
Chapter Regional Conference
Jason Urso- Delegate / Eric Fontaine - Alternate
*Hank Cullinane 860.528.0081
Golf Outing/Special Events
Grass Roots Government Activities
*Hank Cullinane 860.528.0081
*Blair Richardson (Chair) 203.683.6947
Honors and Awards
*Blair Richardson 203.683.6947
Daniel Cowan 203.701.6165
*Hank Cullinane 860.528.0081
Eric Fontaine 860.284.5064
Eric Fontaine 860.284.5064
Mike Davis 860.221.0887
*Kevin Wixom 860.221.0888
Daniel Cowan 203.701.6165
University of Hartford Professor C.C. Yavuzturk 860.768.5554 [email protected]
University of New Haven Professor Stephen Ross 203.932.7148 [email protected]
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This home page is maintained by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. P.O. Box 143 Cromwell, CT 06416. ASHRAE chapters may not act for the Society and the information presented here has not had Society review. To learn more about ASHRAE activities on an international level, contact the ASHRAE home page at http://www.ashrae.org