November 2018 Newsletter

November 07, 2018 8:10 AM | Anonymous

Please find the November 2018 Newsletter attached.

A lot of things happened with our Chapter in the past two months!

First, we started off our 2018-19 ASHRAE year with the Empire Brewery tour in Cazenovia. The weather was perfect, we had about 30 people came to the recently constructed brewery in Cazenovia. The facility manager introduced the company history to us and toured us through the whole brewing process. We also finished the Chapter Officers’ installation for this year. Thanks to our beverage sponsor Daikin, everyone got a chance to taste some fresh locally brewed beer. And followed by a fierce foosball competition!

In late September, the 7th International Building Physics Conference was held in recently renovated Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our chapter proudly sponsored the event! Presenting our Chapter, I attended the conference and served as a judge for students’ poster competition. I am amazed to see so many people from all parts of the world – 33 countries represented – coming to Syracuse to discuss healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments!

We were excited to host our October meeting – a student activities’ night – right on SUNY ESF campus! Joshua and Peter from SUNY ESF facilities provided the PDH accredited tour at the Gateway Center. We had a great turnout – almost 50 people, among who many SU and ESF students joined us. I assigned the chapter board members the task

to speak and get to know at least one student; I believe many students not only learned about the high efficiency CHP systems, but also learned something about ASHRAE and career advice from local professionals. I emphasized that our Chapter will keep all our monthly programs free to students – so bring your friends and come to our meetings to learn something about HVAC&R indus-


In October, I also had the pleasure to visit Niagara Frontier Chapter as a Regional Vice Chair for YEA and presented a topic on sustainability and resiliency in their main program. Many industry people showed up for the lunch meeting, and I got a chance to meet some local YEA members as well as local Chapter board members.

The 4th annual CNY Steamboat Challenge was held at the MOST on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Students built a boat out of recycled materials and a homemade metallic engine that produces steam to propel the boat when heated by a tea light candle. Teams of between one and four students in grades four through 12 raced their boats on 3 inches of water along 10-foot-long inflatable tracks. The competition is divided into three levels: Division I (grades 4-6), Division II (grades 7-8) and Division III (grades 9-12).

Please join me to congratulate our 2018 CNY Steamboat Challenge winners:

Division I

First place: Dragon Boat (no school)

Second place: Chen Boy of Eagle Hill Middle School

Third place: Lab Rats of Syracuse Academy of Science

Division II

First place: The Ravens of Syracuse Academy of Science

Second place: Overtaker of Syracuse Academy of Science

Third place: Oofer Boat Sailors of Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School

Division III

First place: Team Supreme of Faith Heritage

Second place: Pegasus of Syracuse Academy of Science

Third place: Usain Boat of Syracuse Academy of Science

By now you may have already heard about the closing of Hinerwadels where we held many of our annual ASHRAE Clambakes for the past 78 years. Our Chapter is committed to continue bringing almost 1000 people in local HVAC&R industries together once a year – we will plan our 2019 ASHRAE Clambake at Spinning Wheel in North Syracuse.

Last but not least, please join us at the 2018 CNY Engineering Expo at Oncenter on Monday, November 12. ASHRAE CNY Chapter will sponsor the Mech/HVAC/Energy track. Also please join us for appetizers and drinks right after the Expo at Dinosaur BBQ – thanks to our sponsors from RF Peck and Liberty Electric, they are free. Hope to catch up with you there!



Chonghui Liu

CNY ASHRAE Chapter President 2018-2019

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