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ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Approximately 51,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

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ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.
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When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

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Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
 
 
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Member Focus

 

Heather Schopplein

How long have you been an ASHRAE member?
Heather-S-sigline.jpgI have been an ASHRAE member since 2007.  I started in the industry shortly after graduating from college, and I joined ASHRAE a year later.  ASHRAE provided me with the opportunity to network with my peers and to increase my knowledge of HVAC.

What is your favorite part about your current position at work?
I work as an engineering sales engineer for Haldeman Inc.  I work with the engineers in San Diego County to help with design and selections.  My favorite part is that I am able to combine my love of HVAC, the challenge of design, and my social nature. 

What local eatery do you crave for lunch?
I travel a lot throughout San Diego for work, so my favorite lunch eateries vary based on where I am.  If I am in the Mission Valley area I love Benihana’s.  If I am near home, I love Eastbound Bar and Grille. They make my favorite pizza (cheese with jalapeno cream sauce, jalapenos, bacon, and onions).  I also like to just grab a burrito from one of San Diego’s amazing taco shops; there are just so many amazing choices.

What does an ideal Saturday look like to you?
My ideal Saturday depends on the time of year.  Right now with the shorter winter days, I love to sleep in, cuddle with my dogs, watch movies, read a book, and then meet friends for dinner.  

Who, or what, inspired you to become an engineer?
My decision to become an engineer was based on a lot of small things.  When I put together all of the little things I loved, I found mechanical engineering.  When I found HVAC, I knew I was where I was supposed to be.  The ability to see a project from design to installation to operation gives me such a sense of accomplishment that I don’t think other fields offer.  Every day there are new opportunities and new challenges.

Did you consider any other professions, aside from engineering?
While in college I considered minoring in Classics.  I love Roman history and the mythology.  My dream job would have been to be an archaeologist working in Rome, but with a focus on their engineering accomplishments. 

Proudest engineering accomplishment:
My biggest engineering accomplishment is when I received my PE.  

Proudest life accomplishment:
I think my biggest life accomplishment is when I purchased my condo.  

Where did you study?
I studied mechanical engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Why did you join ASHRAE?
I joined ASHRAE for two main reasons.  The first was education.   My college did not offer any courses in HVAC; so as a young engineer new to the industry, ASHRAE provided me the chance to fill in the gaps.  The second reason was for networking.  I have met some of the most amazing people at local, regional, and society meetings.  Some of them have also become my closest friends.

What advice do you have for engineers who are new to the industry or just starting out?
I have two pieces of advice for new people in the industry.  The first is ASHRAE related.  I know this is the answer that you hear from many people, but my best advice is to “raise your hand and volunteer”.  There are so many ways to get involved in ASHRAE and so many things to learn from your peers.  The more you see and do within the organization, the more you get from it.  The other advice is to ask questions.  Use questions as an opportunity to continue to learn and grow as an engineer.

Your ideal retirement dream includes…
My dream retirement would be to travel the world.  There are so many places and cultures I want to see. 

If you are involved at the Chapter, Regional, or Society level, can you tell us how?
I am a board of governor’s member of my local chapter (as immediate past president). Regionally, I am the YEA Regional Coordinator for Region X.  At the society level, I serve on the Electronic Communications Committee.  I am also vice-chair of TC 9.8, Large Building Air Conditioning Applications.

Would you say ASHRAE has impacted your personal and/or professional life? How?
It is difficult to put into words just how much ASHRAE has impacted my life.  From local meetings to chapter regional conferences to society conferences, I have learned so much.  However, the one program that I feel benefited me the most is the YEA Leadership Weekend.  After only being involved in ASHRAE for a year, I decided to sign up for the YEA Leadership Weekend (I think it was only the second ever offered).  I learned so much about myself, others, how to interact with different personalities, etc., in those couple of days.  I feel I truly came out of that weekend a better person, leader, and teammate.  It is a great program, not only for your professional growth, but also your personal development.  I would highly recommend it to any YEA member.

 

Tiffany Bates

Tiffany-Bates.jpgHow long have you been an ASHRAE member, and why did you join? 
I have been an ASHRAE member for 13 years.  In 2001, just before I received my Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, I was forced by my new boss, Dave Hart, to join ASHRAE.  Since he had just hired me as an inside sales engineer for HVAC commercial products and I was not familiar with HVAC equipment or the industry protocols, he knew ASHRAE would provide me with the technical information & networking I needed to be successful.  Thank you PDH, rest in peace my friend. 

What is your favorite part about your current position at work? 
As a regional sales manager for a commercial & industrial chiller & MUA company, I love being able to work with people and equipment in different locations and scenarios every week.  No day is ever the same which is exciting and the technology is wicked cool, but it is the people that make this industry outstanding!  

Who, or what, inspired you to become an engineer? 
Luckily, Dr. Kenny, my senior year physics teacher wisely told me one day before graduation, “Well Tiff, your love of physics and calculus and math & science in general proves that you should pursue a career as an engineer.”  Thank you Dr. Kenny- you were correct as usual!

Did you consider any other professions, aside from engineering?
My love of flying & the stars pointed to a possible career as an astronaut, but my engineering degree and regional sales position allow me to fly often as well as earn an honest living that helps this world be a better place almost immediately. 

Where did you study? 
Northeastern University in Boston and Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ provided me with a lot of knowledge, enough to get a Chemical Engineering degree at least, and great memories. 

What advice do you have for engineers who are new to the industry or just starting out? 
Join ASHRAE and other professional organizations that provide the technical data to keep you relevant in the industry as well as the networking opportunities to develop friendships to keep work fun.  Please remember it is ok to say no sometimes in order to not spread yourself too thin- a successful career can only be achieved as part of a balanced life where personal health, family, and community are all given proper attention. 

Your ideal retirement dream includes… 
ASHRAE Society Presidency of course, as well as enjoying travel and grandchildren hopefully.   

If you are involved at the Chapter, Regional, or Society level, can you tell us how?
I started off as the membership chair at the Central Arizona Chapter in Phoenix.  Then I was able to volunteer through the officer positions and serve as Chapter President in 2007-8.  Region X then allowed me to help through serving as RP RVC for 6 years.  Now that I am living the dream in San Diego I am the chapter welcoming chair, as well as Region X Nominating Reserve, and I sit on the Society Honors & Awards Committee.  I also make a point to attend a few TC’s at the winter & annual meetings. 

Would you say ASHRAE has impacted your personal and/or professional life? How? 
ASHRAE has taught me that good people with a common purpose can make a huge impact in this world.  I am honored to call many of my fellow ASHRAE members close friends and can honestly state I am smarter as an ASHRAE member because I have all of its technical resources at my fingertips.  Thank you ASHRAE!!