March 2019 Newsletter

March 13, 2019 12:36 PM | Anonymous

Please find our March 2019 newsletter here

President’s Message

On January 9, we started our first Chapter meeting in 2019 with Richard Martin with Carrier on air handling units. Thanks to the general sponsorship from Carrier every year, this meeting was made free to all attendees. Despite the winter weather in Syracuse, we had a very good turnout!

Figure 1. CNY Chapter January Meeting.

ASHRAE 2019 Winter Conference and AHR Expo were held in Atlanta, GA from January 12th to 16th. Most of the meetings were held at Omni Hotel downtown, connected to the CNN Center and right across the street from Centennial Olympic Park. I had the opportunity being there attending Society YEA committee meeting and other committee meetings. I was very glad running into several of our local members and some YEAs from Region I.

Figure 2. ASHRAE YEA Committee 2018-2019, Atlanta, GA.

Due to heavy snow, our Chapter had to reschedule our February meeting to February 20. Though there was an SU men’s basketball that day, we still had about 25 people attended. It was presented by another speaker from Carrier, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Brian Monk on IAQ and Cognitive Functioning in High Performing Buildings. Several people brought up quite a few questions after the presentation, and the speaker provided insightful knowledge on ventilation and IAQ.

On Wednesday, March 27, we had our Chapter YEA bowling event. Due to heavy snow, we had six people showed up. Our Chapter would like to see more people attending in our future YEA events.

Figure 3. CNY Chapter YEA bowling event.

We also had two local students won ASHRAE scholarships, one of which is Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship – this is our own scholarship which is managed by ASHRAE society, we encourage all local college students to apply. We hope both Garrett and Thomas can join us in our March meeting. Additionally, our own Historian Bill will be honored with the ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award at the Society’s Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri this June! Congrats, Bill!

  • ·         Garrett Fields from SUNY Canton won the Society’s Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year in the amount of $3,000.   
  • ·         Thomas Guilfoil from SUNY Canton won the Society’s Gordon V. R. Holness Engineering Technology Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year in the amount of $5,000.
  • ·         William Walter, Chapter Historian (retired from Carrier), will be honored with the ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award at the Society’s Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Figure 4. Bill installed me as Chapter President last summer.

The Chapter board of governors also recently voted to sponsor (Bronze Sponsorship) New York State Green Building Conference organized by SUNY ESF. Meanwhile, our sponsored Senior Project at Syracuse University has been going well, our Chapter expect a short presentation from them in one of our future meetings. Our Chapter also has been working closely with ESF students to establish the ASHRAE ESF Student Branch right on SUNY ESF campus; our Chapter Student Activities co-chair Michael Miller will be serving as the mentor to ESF students and as a liaison to our Chapter. It’s our hope to encourage more local students to join and contribute to our industry.

Figure 5. CNY Chapter will sponsor NYS Green Building Conference.

Figure 6. CNY Chapter works with ESF students to establish the ESF Student Branch.

Finally, our Chapter Sustainability Project at the Oswego County Opportunities’ Transitional Living Home om Fulton has been going really well in the past couple of months. The new high efficiency furnace was started and the old steam boiler system was demolished. We expect it to be complete this summer. Please refer to Charlie’s article for updated progress on this significant initiative our Chapter has taken.

We only have three meetings left this ASHRE 2018-19 year, I sincerely hope to see you in our future meetings!



Chonghui Liu

ASHRAE CNY Chapter President 2018-2019

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