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2020 HVAC&R Student Paper Competition

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The 2020 ASHRAE HVAC&R Student Paper Competition concluded at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Orlando with the judging of the finalists.

The competition is aimed at students working on their Bachelor and Master’s degree who are members of ASHRAE. The paper submitted must be based on an accepted BS or MS thesis.

In addition to the paper, the students prepared a poster and a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by questions from the jury.

Joshua Vasudevan, Loughborough University, United Kingdom was selected by the jury as the winner of the 2020 Competition. The title of his paper is “Predicting Thermal Comfort using Thermal Imaging Technology.”

Mr. Vasudevan will represent ASHRAE at the 2020 World Student Competition held in conjunction with the REFCOLD India 2020 conference in November in India. Travel expenses, hotel and conference registration will be paid by ASHRAE.

Other finalists who presented at the competition were:

  • Birajan Bhandari, School of Engineering, San Francisco State University, “Feasibility Study of Solar Pre-Heating of Boiler Feedwater”
  • Vincent Kai Ching Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, “The Wind Turbine-Supported Zero-Energy Office Building and the Electric Vehicles with the Optimal Demand Side Management Control”
  • Hyungyu Park, Kookmin University, Korea, “Indoor PM2.5 Reduction Performance Evaluation of Air Cleaning Ventilation System using CFD Analysis”

The jurors were Joe Firrantello, Bill Bahnfleth and Tim Dwyer.


The finalists in the 2020 HVAC&R Student Paper Competition were (left to right)
Hyungyu Park, Vincent Kai Ching Kong, Joshua Vasudevan and Birajan Bhandari.

If you have questions, contact Tony Giometti at giometti@ashrae.org.

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