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About the ASHRAE Foundation

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has more than a century of experience advancing the arts and sciences of HVAC&R and related human factors to serve the needs of its members and population at large.

In 1994, a dedicated group of long-time ASHRAE members created the ASHRAE Foundation to support and advance the needs of the HVAC&R industry. The ASHRAE Foundation is an endowed trust that provides funding for professional development and research programs, supplies qualified engineering students with much needed scholarship assistance, and ensures that ASHRAE will continue to have sufficient resources to sustain and expand the Society's vital work.

The creation of the ASHRAE Foundation was in response to a valid need for increased funding for ASHRAE programs and projects. A solid proponent of education, the Foundation recognizes and accepts the challenge to provide the financial support necessary to offer tailored educational programming to ensure HVAC&R professionals are prepared today for tomorrow's challenges.

"It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will some day give shade to people he may never meet."

David Elton Trueblood

ASHRAE Foundation's Mission
To provide a permanent financial resource to support the Society and its mission to benefit the public.

ASHRAE’s Mission
To serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.

ASHRAE’s Vision
A healthy and sustainable built environment for all.

Foundation Goals

In order to meet the goals outlined in ASHRAE's Vision Statement, the Foundation seeks to support the following initiatives:

  • Provide members with the best HVAC&R training and educational programs.
  • Create opportunities for HVAC&R career development and mentoring opportunities for science and engineering students.
  • Recognize leadership and development efforts in the fields of HVAC&R. Continue the development of HVAC&R standards and guidelines.
  • Provide much needed scholarship support to deserving engineering students.
  • Support research projects not funded by the Society's annual Research Promotion campaign that require long-term and on-going financial resources.

By Supporting these endeavors, you assist us in benefitting the general public through the enhancement of the products and services offered by the HVAC&R industry. In turn, this contributes to the improvement of Society's standard of living.


ASHRAE Foundation Board of Trustees 2021–22

Executive Committee
Tom Watson, Chair
Staunton, Virginia

Don Colliver, 1st Vice Chair
Lexington, Kentucky

Randy Jones, 2nd Vice Chair
Mt Pleasant, South Carolina

Jeff Littleton
ASHRAE Headquarters

Bill Harrison, Treasurer
Little Rock, Arkansas


Michael P Cooper
Kenner, Louisiana

Mark W Fly
Tulsa, Oklahoma

James R Fields
Greensboro, North Carolina

Larry J Fisher
Louisville, Kentucky

Susanna S. Hanson
La Crosse, Wisconsin

John L Harrod
Edmond, Oklahoma

Michael N. Hart
Austin, Texas

Julia A Keen
Manhattan, Kansas

William K Klock
Austin, Texas

Larry Kouma
York, Pennsylvania

Ben A Leppard, Jr
Tucker, Georgia

Joe Noworatzky
Charlotte, North Carolina

John H Nix, II
Gainesville, Florida

Daniel C. Pettway
Chesapeake, Virginia

Thomas Phoenix
Greensboro, North Carolina

Boggarm S Setty, PE
Fairfax, Virginia

T David Underwood
Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Dennis J Wessel
Hudson, Ohio

James E. Wolf
Arlington, Virginia

Honorary Member
Gordon V. R. Holness, PE
West Palm Beach, Florida

Margaret A. Smith, Staff Liaison
ASHRAE Headquarters