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2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program

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A special program for students will take place at the 2019 Winter Conference. Events and activities include a mixer, technical talks, a design competition session, student congress and a tour. Students are also encouraged to attend recommended technical sessions throughout the conference.

An orientation will take place via webinar on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at 5pm EDT.


Saturday, January 12th

Student Welcome
1-3 pm

Hear welcoming remarks from ASHRAE Sheila Hayter followed by presentations by recipients of last year’s Grant program, an awards ceremony and talk from Dr. Christine Darden.

Grant Presentation 1: A Dual-Use High Efficiency Variable Speed Dehumidifier, Oklahoma State University

Grant Presentation 2: Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Ice-Plant system under one condensing unit as a demonstrator-on-wheels for Engineering Students, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Dr. Christine Darden


Christine Mann Darden (D. Sc. 1983) is an internationally recognized authority in the field of sonic-boom minimization.  In her roles as researcher and leader, she contributed a computer-based tool for the definition of the equivalent area of a minimum-boom aircraft for given flight conditions.  She then, with a partner, validated this process through designing models to the equivalent area and testing them in wind tunnels.  Darden also led a national group of sonic boom experts in a process to broaden the approach to minimization that included not only design, but also operation, signal propagation and human acceptance.  As research broadened, Darden led a national steering team and the local design and operation element of the program.

Dr. Darden with sonic boom model

A native of Monroe, NC, Darden has degrees from Hampton Institute (B.S.) (now University), in Hampton, VA, Virginia State College (M.S.) (now University) in Petersburg Virginia, and George Washington University (D. Sc.) in Washington, D. She began her 40-year career at the NASA Langley Research Center in 1967 as a Data Analyst and was reassigned to the position of Aerospace Engineer in 1973, where she began her work in sonic boom minimization.   In 2002, a test flight of a modified F-5 Sonic Boom Demonstrator validated the equivalent-area approach to sonic boom minimization on which she had worked.

Darden became a member of the Senior Executive Service at NASA in 1999 when she was named Director of the Aero Performing Center Program Management Office.  She also served as the Assistant Director of Langley for Strategic Planning and finally as the Director of Strategic Communications and Education before retiring in 2007.

Plenary Session
3:15 – 5 pm

The Plenary will feature a keynote from Grant Imahara who was one of the hosts of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters for almost a decade. The Plenary Session also features presentations from the Honors and Awards programs, including the First Place winners of the Student Design Competition.

YEA/Student Mixer 
5-6:30 pm

Mix and mingle with Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) and Technical Committee members. Meet new friends, win prizes in our group poker run activity, and enjoy free food and drinks.

Sunday, January 13th

Student Program
8 am-1:30 pm

The program will feature a discussion on ASHRAE's Design Competition, technical talks, a group design build challenge, plus roundtable discussions over lunch.

Student Tour ($25)
1:30 – 2:30 pm, 2:30 -3:30 pm

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design and the Living Building Challenge at Georgia Institute of Technology

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The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. More information available here.

Monday January 14th

Student Congress (by invitation only)
10 am- noon

Student branch officers are selected to participate in this two-hour session to provide ASHRAE leaders with feedback and guidance on student activities.

Student Branch Advisor Congress
10 am-noon

Student branch advisors are invited to join representatives from the Student Activities Committee to brainstorm ideas for the future.