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ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Achievements of Members

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  • 30 Jun 2020
  • Conference
  • Atlanta, GA

ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Achievements of Members

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Sherri Simmons

ATLANTA (June 30, 2020) –  ASHRAE is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to the Society and the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Awards are scheduled to be presented at the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference, January 23-27, in Chicago, IL.

A list of awards and recipients are below:

Lincoln Bouillon Award
Ryan Pinckard , of the Oregon Chapter, receives the Lincoln Bouillon Award, which recognizes a member who performs the most outstanding work in increasing membership. The award commemorates Presidential Member Bouillon’s efforts in recruiting new members. Pinckard is Business Development Engineer, CHC Hydro, Vancouver, Washington.

Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award
Beatriz Salazar, of the Toronto Chapter, receives the Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award, which recognizes excellence in chapter program endeavors. Salazar is Designer – Electrical, Smith and Andersen, Toronto, Ontario.

William J. Collins, Jr. RP Award
Reed Coggins, P.E., of the Atlanta Chapter, receives the William J. Collins Jr. RP Award. The award, named in honor of Presidential Member Collins, recognizes a chapter RP chair who excels in raising funds for ASHRAE’s RP campaign. Coggins is Application Engineer, Lincoln Associates, Marietta, Georgia.

Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award
Paul W. Francisco, Fellow Member ASHRAE, of the Central Illinois Chapter, receives the Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award, which recognizes excellence in volunteer service focused on environmental health issues. Francisco is Associate Director for Building Science, Applied Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.

Homer Addams Award
<Gabrielle McMorrow, of the National Capital Chapter, receives the Homer Addams Award, which recognizes a graduate student who has been engaged in an ASHRAE research project at a university that has graduate programs in the areas of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and has achieved a high standard of performance in this work. McMorrow is Mechanical Engineer (Energy), Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC.

Government Affairs Award
Elizabeth Tomlinson, P.E., of the Minnesota Chapter, receives the Government Affairs Award. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding effort and achievement in state, provincial and local government activities in connection with technical issues related to the Society. Tomlinson is Senior Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Sustainability and Resilience Leader, TKDA, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lou Flagg Historical Award
Bruce Flaniken, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, of the Houston Chapter, receives the Lou Flagg Historical Award, which recognizes an individual for preparing the most outstanding historical presentation related to HVAC&R. The award is named in recognition of Presidential Member Lou Flagg, who promoted an interest in history. Flaniken is Manager of Facility System Design & Construction Engineering, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas.

Standards Achievement Award
Paul A Lindahl, Jr., Life Member ASHRAE, of the Kansas City Chapter, receives the Standards Achievement Award, which recognizes exceptional service in the area of standards leadership and technical contribution. Lindahl is Consultant, SPX Cooling Technologies, Overland Park, Kansas.

Ralph G. Nevins Physiology & Human Environment Award
Shichao Liu, Ph.D., of the Boston Chapter, receives the Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award, which is given to a researcher under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in the study of bioenvironmental engineering and its effect on human comfort and health. Liu is Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Student Activities Achievement Award
N. Kapilan, Ph.D., of the ASHRAE Bangalore Chapter, receives the Student Activities Achievement Award, which recognizes a chapter student activities chair for growth of student activities. Kapilan is Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology, Bangalore, India.

Youth Outreach Award
Elise Kiland, P.E., of the San Jose Chapter, receives the Youth Outreach Award, which recognizes the outstanding effort of a member who actively engages a youth audience in their country, region, or local community through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities. Kiland is Project Manager, Critchfield Mechanical, Inc., San Jose, California.

ASHRAE Journal Paper Award
Gwelen Paliaga, P.E., Member ASHRAE; Hui Zhang, Ph.D.; Tyler Hoyt; and Edward Arens, Ph.D., Life Member ASHRAE
Paper title: Eliminating Overcooling Discomfort While Saving Energy. The paper was judged best the article published in ASHRAE Journal, April 2019.

Paliaga is Technical Director, TRC, Oakland, California. Zhang is Professional Researcher, Center for the Built Environment, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, Hoyt is Staff Engineer, Comfy, Oakland, California, Arens is Director, Center for the Built Environment, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California. 

Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award
Mehdi Mehrabi, Ph.D., P.E. and David Yuill, Ph.D., P.E. are recipients of the Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award for “Fouling and its Effects on Air-cooled Condensers in Split System Air Conditioners (RP-1705).” The article was published July 2019. The award is for the best paper published in the volume year of the Science and Technology for the Built Environment, the ASHRAE research journal.

Mehrabi is Mechanical Engineer, Paradigm Consulting Engineers, West Chester, Pennsylvania. Yuill is Assistant Professor, Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, Nebraska.

Crosby Field Award
Charles S. Barnaby, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE and Peter Simmonds, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, are recipients of the Crosby Field Award for “Development of a Unified Tool for Analysis of Room Loads and Conditions,” which was judged to be the best paper presented before the Society. The Crosby Field Award is named for a former Presidential Member.

Barnaby is an independent consultant, Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Simmonds is President, Building Systems and Analytics, Los Angeles, California.

ASHRAE Technical Paper Award
The following papers received a Technical Paper Award, which recognizes the authors of the best papers presented at Society conferences.

  • Di Lu, Dennis L. O’Neal, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, and Peng Yin, Ph.D., receive an award for “A Comparison of the Annual Energy Use of Fixed and Variable Airflow Parallel Fan-Powered Terminal Units in a Small Office Building.” Lu is a Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. O’Neal is Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Yin is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Lisa Meline, P.E., and Stephen Kavanaugh, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, receive an award for “Geothermal Heat Pumps: Simply Efficient.” Meline is Owner and Principal Engineer, Meline Engineering Corporation, Sacramento, California. Kavanaugh is Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 
  • Douglas Reynolds, Life Member ASHRAE, and Michael A. Schwob, P.E., receive an award for “The Effect of Length on the Insertion Loss of Fiberglass Lined Sheet Metal Ducts, Part I: Rectangular Duct.” Schwob is President, Schwob Acoustics, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Ngoc Dung (Rosine) Rohatgi, Ph.D., receives an award for “Effects of System Materials towards the Breakdown of Lubricants and Low GWP Refrigerants.” Rohatgi is President, Spauschus Associates, Inc., Bethlehem, Georgia.

Willis H. Carrier Award
Emily Ann Oldham receives the Willis H. Carrier Award given to a member 32 years of age or younger for presenting an outstanding paper at a Society conference. The award is presented for “Energy Performance of an Occupancy-Based Climate Control Technology in Guest Rooms.” Oldham is Designer, DLR Group, Washington, DC.

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award salutes members of any grade who have served the Society faithfully and with distinction and who have given freely of their time and talent in chapter, regional and Society activities. The following 43 members were recognized:

  • Jason Alphonso, Branch Manager, Wood plc, Orlando, Florida.
  • Kevin Amende, P.E., Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
  • John S. Andrepont, Life Member ASHRAE, President, The Cool Solutions Company, Lisle, Illinois.
  • Nathaniel Boyd, Associate Director, Utilities and Energy Services, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
  • Robin Bryant, Project Manager, B&I Contractors, Inc., Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Andrew Cochrane, P.E., Vice President, Industrial Air, Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Michael Collarin, Senior Engineer - Mechanical, Gresham Smith, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • John M. Constantinide, P.E., Energy Manager, U.S. Air Force, Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida.
  • Michael P. Cooper, P.E., Executive Vice President, Bernhard, Metairie, Louisiana.
  • Derek A. Crowe, P.E., Senior Associate/Mechanical Team Leader, Stantec, Berkley, Michigan.
  • Keith I. Emerson, Life Member ASHRAE, retired, Denver, Colorado.
  • Vanessa J. Freidberg, P.E., Business Development Manager, Siemens, Austin, Texas.
  • Joseph L. Furman, Senior Sales Engineer, Automated Logic, Wallingford, Connecticut.
  • James T. Hanley, retired, Cary, North Carolina.
  • Nathan P. Hart, P.E., Managing Principal, RWB Consulting Engineers, Dallas, Texas.
  • Kristin Heinemeier, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, Principal Development Engineer, Frontier Energy, Inc., Davis, California.
  • Carl C. Hiller, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, President, Applied Energy Technology, Davis, California.
  • Trenton S. Hunt, Vice President, Mechanical Products NSW, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Mark Jackson, Sr. Product Manager, Indoor Environmental Quality, Daikin North America LLC, Waller, Texas.
  • Thomas Allen Justice, Life Member ASHRAE, Principal, Zene, LLC, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Ganeson Kandasamy, Product Engineer, Trane Technologies, Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Firouz Keikavousi, Life Member ASHRAE, retired, Orlando, Florida.
  • Hyojin Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, New Jersey.
  • Lindsey King, Energy Model Analyst, Oglethorpe Power Co, Tucker, GA.
  • M. Dennis Knight, P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, Owner, Whole Building Systems, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Stephanie Kunkel, P.E., Associate, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. (JMT), Hunt Valley, Maryland.
  • Wichai Laksanakorn, P.E., Fellow Life Member, Founder and Chairman, W. and Associates Consultants, Co. Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Nicolas Lemire, P.Eng., Fellow Member ASHRAE, President and CEO, Pageau Morel & Associates, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Xiaobing Liu, Ph.D., R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Brian Lynch, Owner, Western Mechanical Solutions, Denver, Colorado.
  • Steven A. Marek, P.E., Mechanical Engineer, self-employed, Hanahan, South Carolina.
  • Farhan Mehboob, Consultant/Director, S. Mehboob & Company, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Tim Merrigan, Life Member ASHRAE, Consultant, Energy Information Services, Parker, Colorado.
  • Corey B. Metzger, P.E., Principal, Resource Consulting Engineers, LLC, Ames, Iowa.
  • Ahmed Alaa Eldin Mohamed, Ph.D., Chairman, Middle East Gate Holding Group, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • Carrie Anne Monplaisir, Mechanical EIT, Clark Nexsen, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Michael P. Sheerin, P.E., Chairman and CEO, TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc., Orlando, Florida.
  • Michelle Swanson, Mechanical Project Manager, The RMH Group, Lakewood/Denver, Colorado.
  • Michael L. Watz, Jr., P.E., Engineering Manager – Commercial Dampers, Greenheck Fan Corporation, Schofield, Wisconsin.
  • Ronald L. Westbrook, P.E., Life Member ASHRAE, retired Associate Director of Physical Plant Utilities, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York.
  • Robert W. Yost, Technical Director, National Refrigerants, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Chariti Young, Software Product Manager, Automated Logic, Kennesaw, Georgia.

Exceptional Service Award
The Exceptional Service Award recognizes Distinguished Service Award recipients who have continued to serve faithfully and with exemplary effort. Ten members were recognized:

  • George W. (Billy) Austin, Principal, Shultz Engineering Group, PC, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Wade H. Conlan, P.E., BCxP, Commissioning Discipline Manager, Hanson Professional Services, Inc., Maitland, Florida.
  • Mark W. Fly, P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, Executive Dire tor, Norman Asbjornson Innovation Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Jeff Gatlin, P.E., Central Energy Plant Manager, Aramark Healthcare/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Carl C. Hiller, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, is President, Applied Energy Technology, Davis, California.
  • M. Dennis Knight, P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, Owner, Whole Building Systems, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Nicolas Lemire, P.Eng., Fellow Member ASHRAE, President and CEO, Pageau Morel & Associates, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Kevin L. Marple, President, Benz Air Engineering Co., Inc., Beaverton, Oregon.
  • Tim McGinn, P.Eng., retired, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • R. Lee Millies, Jr., P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, President, Millies Engineering Group, Munster, Indiana.

Distinguished 50-Year Member Award
The Distinguished 50-Year Member Award is given to individuals who have been a member for a minimum of 50 years, and are a past Society president, Fellow ASHRAE or Distinguished Service Award recipient or who have performed outstanding service to ASHRAE or its predecessor societies – the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE), the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE), and the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE). Twenty-three members were recognized:

  • Stephen A. Becker, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Fellow, Lawrence Engineering Group, Fresno, California.
  • John B. Bisset, P.Eng., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Founder, Chorley + Bisset Ltd., London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Richard Burr, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Spring, Texas.
  • Charles D. Callahan, Life Member ASHRAE, retired General Manager of Commercial Market, Oklahoma Natural Gas Co., Placitas, New Mexico.
  • Richard E. Cawley, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, retired, Tyler, Texas.
  • Douglas Dewerth, Life Member ASHRAE, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Francis Ferreira, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
  • Robert H. Fuller, P.E., Life Member ASHRAE, Mechanical Engineer, Gutridge Mechanical, Dublin, Ohio.
  • David F. Geary, Life Member ASHRAE, retired, Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Ralph Goldman, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Dedham, Massachusetts.
  • Mark P. Hershman, P.E., Life Member ASHRAE, Consulting Engineer, Mark P. Hershman, PE, Richboro, Pennsylvania.
  • Ronald H. Howell, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, retired, Meridian, Idaho.
  • H. Gerhard Kerschbaumer, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, retired, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
  • John H. Klote, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Owner,, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • Wichai Laksanakorn, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Founder and Chairman, W. and Associates Consultants, Co. Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Valentine Lehr, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Kings Park, New York.
  • Franklin Y.S. Lum, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Stanley A. Mumma, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • Ramesh Paranjpey, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Kothrud, Pune India.
  • Mirza Mohammed Shah, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Director, Engineering Research Associates, Redding, Connecticut.
  • Charles Simpson, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Monroe, North Carolina.
  • Stanley Slabinski, Life Member ASHRAE, Monroe Township, New Jersey.
  • Frantisek Vaculik, Life Member ASHRAE, Nepean, ON Canada.

 Andrew T. Boggs Service Award
Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Presidential Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, receives the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award. The award, named after ASHRAE’s executive vice president emeritus, recognizes an Exceptional Service Award recipient for continuing unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service. Olesen is Director, International Center for Indoor Environment and Energy, and Professor, Danish Technical University, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.

Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award
Charles C. Copeland, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE receives the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award. This annual award is given to an ASHRAE Fellow for continuous preeminence in engineering or research work. The honor was initiated in 1979 by Presidential Member Bill Holladay. Copeland is President and CEO, Goldman Copeland Associates, P.C., New York, New York.

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