Ultimate Frisbee: London vs Hamilton Chapters
By Ryley Besseling
Although held with a disadvantage of manpower, the Hamilton Squad was able to sustain a reasonable gap behind the healthy, athletic London Team.
The Ultimate Frisbee match kicked-off on the 4th of October. Each team comprised of YEA and student members from their corresponding branch. The event began with a team practice. The Hamilton team, led by John Molnar, put in place a fundamental “U” shape defense that was tested to its limits throughout the game. The strategic approach by the Hamilton team was unable to overcome the athletic ability brought on by London. Coming out of half time the London team was up by a score of 1. High current winds continued, and allowed the disc to travel a turbulent path creating unwanted turnovers especially by Hamilton. In the end London was able to come away with the victory, the score being 14 points London 9 points Hamilton.
After the match both teams celebrated sportsmanship and teamwork at Tin Cup bar and grill. Food and beverage was rewarded to the opposing London team which has sparked a potential rivalry. Who knows when the next challenge will arise between these branches. Stay tuned and get involved in our YEA and Student branch activities.
YEA Illinois Showcasing Technical Committees
By Will Mak
The ASHRAE Illinois YEA Chapter hosted a great Technical Committees Intro presentation at Rock Bottom Downtown Chicago on Thursday, October 30th. The presentation featured David Eldridge of Grumman/Butkus Associates and Will Mak of Cyclone Energy Group. The presentation was attended by over 20 attendees that were interested in learning more about what and how to get involved on technical committees. With the Winter Meeting coming to town in January 24-28, 2015, the presenters emphasized the opportunity to attend a Technical Committee and start making an impact on the industry. The presentation ended with remarks from several active Technical Committees members that added emphasis for new and veteran members to get up and get active in Technical Committees.
Region VI YEA- Brewers Cubs Game
The Wisconsin Chapter hosted a Region VI YEA Brewers Cubs Game on Saturday, May 31. The event was a huge success with over 20 people attending. YEA Chapter Chair Andy Brophy hosted a great tailgating event with brats, burgers, and beverages! Attendees from the Madison Chapter and Illinois Chapter watched the Cubs defeat the Brewers 8-0. Region VI looks forward to more joint chapter events through the YEA group!
A special thanks for Andy Brophy for championing the event on his birthday. Happy Birthday Andy!
5 Things I learned while serving as an ASHRAE Chapter President
By: Pamela Androff, PE, LEED AP
Around this time last year, the members of the Atlanta Chapter elected me to be their President for the 2013-2014 year. As a very young ASHRAE chapter president at the age of 26, I knew I had quite a road ahead of me. I thought I’d share five of the lessons I learned this year.
- Chapter President is excellent Management training
Volunteering in any organization provides a great avenue for learning skills that you might not have an opportunity to hone at your full-time job. Project management is a good example. If you’re going to stumble through managing your first few projects, it might as well be for a volunteer organization and not your company. But what’s unique about volunteering for ASHRAE specifically is that I was able to practice managing engineers- the same people I’d manage in my paid job.
- Value everyone in your network
Over the last year, I have come to respect what everyone can bring to the table – whether they are early in their career, establishing themselves in the industry, or enjoying retirement. It is simply more effective to ask a well-respected, older member in my chapter to follow up on donations than it is to ask a young member to do so. It also makes more sense to ask our outgoing, younger members to connect with students at their first meeting, rather than asking our retired members to do so. There will always be people and personality types I prefer to work with, but now I’m savvy about asking the right person to do the right job, instead of just picking someone I know will get it done. I’ve applied this to my work by spending time evaluating what each team member brings to the table. This exercise has proved very valuable, if for nothing else because I have a more positive attitude about my co-workers.
- High visibility roles allow your strengths to shine and your weaknesses to be exposed – so know your weakness
I’m a very, very organized person to an extreme level. I have a to-do list that includes items I plan to do 6 months from now. My organization skills really shined over this last year; one example might be my detailed process for entering Presidential Award of Excellence (PAOE) points. But I am absolutely terrible at remembering people- names, faces, company…it doesn’t matter, I just can’t retain it. The worst part is that because I am the chapter president (and it doesn’t hurt that I am also a young female in a male-dominated industry), nearly everyone knew my name, who I was, where I worked, and more. I spent a lot of time asking friendly colleagues if they could remind me of names, but I’m still sure I’ve offended numerous people in our local industry by not knowing who they were. My takeaway is that you can’t rely on your strengths to be successful. Identify your weak points and work at it!
- “Everything is important” is just not realistic
I’ll admit it: I let balls drop. I even knew the balls were dropping and chose not to catch them. I oversee nearly 20 committees, which means I’m getting e-mails all the time. Deadlines for awards, deadlines for points entry, deadline for reports, members who want help joining, staff that want me to help promote something, volunteers who need approval for an expenditure, other organizations wanting to collaborate. It never ends. Even if I’m organized enough to know it’s all happening, I might not be able to execute. I had to pick and choose which things I felt were most important to our chapter. This scenario translates well to the workplace. In both scenarios, ideally your choices would align with those that you report to, even if they keep saying that everything is important. 12 months later, I’ve learned to be confident in my choices and purposefully allow less important tasks to fall through the cracks.
- I can’t do it alone
This may seem like obvious advice. I was truly shocked at the amount of work that is expected from an ASHRAE chapter president of a large chapter like mine. I am so incredibly thankful for my volunteers who took the ball and ran with it with very little interaction from me. It allowed me to focus my time on other efforts that needed more hands involved. The importance of a great volunteer should not be understated. I created a “volunteer of the month” award to show my appreciation. Knowing how much impact one person can make on a team is preparing me to be a great leader to employees I’ll manage in the future.
National Capital Chapter Launches Student Group for PE Exam
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sharing ideas to help members pass the professional engineering exam was the goal of a study group created by the National Capital Chapter.
The Professional Engineering exam group, part of the chapter’s Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA), was designed to enhance the professional capabilities of YEA members by providing networks and resources to aid in preparations for the principles and practice of engineering examination. Chapter member Mary Opalka served as the first facilitator for the group and was assisted by the group’s creator Bryan Oliva, who is chair of the chapter’s YEA Committee.
“One of the biggest benefits was getting to meet people outside of your office,” Opalka said. “Everyone had a really unique experience and it really helped the group to be well rounded. Everyone tackled problems differently, and had different strengths and weaknesses so overall it really helped the study process. I know I personally learned a lot from my co-studiers. Plus, sometimes it just helps to have some people to commiserate with while you’re studying.”
Group participant Alex Wyczalkowski agreed. “I found so much value in meeting with other engineers going through the same exam anxieties,” he said. “I saw it as a great venue to discuss everything surrounding my personal, focused cramming; how to prep, what to study, where the exam is, what to bring, etc. The study group was a great complement to my own exam prep.”
Those interested in taking part submitted a survey via the chapter website, allowing organizers to get an idea of their availabilities. At the first meeting, attendees discussed study strategies, schedules and reference materials and developed an outline of how the group would flow. Each of the six study group members proposed topics that they wanted to review. The group then met for three hours every Wednesday evening over six weeks. Participants had the same primary study guide but each brought additional reference materials to share. “Being able to collectively pool our resources this way helped expose each of us to different questions and question phrasing,” she said. “We would discuss and solve between four to six problems that were emailed out the weekend before we met up.”
Of the six people in the group, four took the exam in April with another planning to take it in October, Oliva noted. All four participants who took the exam in April passed. Due to the success of the study group, a facilitator has already volunteered for the October exam study group.