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Outstanding Achievements Recognized at ASHRAE’s Annual Meeting

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MONTREAL – Fifty-nine people were recognized by ASHRAE for their contributions to the Society and the building industry at the Society’s 2011 Annual Conference held here June 25-29.

The Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award, given to an ASHRAE fellow for continuous preeminence in engineering or research work, is awarded to Byron W. Jones, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, associate dean for research, College of Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

The Andrew T. Boggs Service Award recognizes past recipients of the Distinguished Service Award for continuing unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the Society. It is awarded to Presidential Member Richard B. Hayter, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, associate dean of engineering for external affairs emeritus, College of Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

The Exceptional Service Award recognizes Distinguished Award recipients who have continued to serve the Society faithfully and with exemplary effort. Ten recipients were recognized:

  • Constantinos Balaras, Ph.D., P.E., is research director, Institute for Environmental Research
  • Van Baxter, P.E., is senior research and development engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Tim Dwyer, C.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, is teaching fellow, University College London, England
  • William Fleming, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, is owner, Jacwill Services, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Sheila Hayter, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, is manager, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Richard Hermans, P.E., ASHRAE Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional, is director of training and advanced applications, McQuay International, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Tom Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., is senior public service associate, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
  • Michael Ohadi, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, is professor and co-director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • Stanley Westhoff, Life Member, is technical sales associate, Unilux Advanced Manufacturing, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Alexander Zhivov, Ph.D., is senior researcher, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, Ill.

The Distinguished Service Award salutes members of any grade for giving freely of their time and talent to the Society. The following 17 members were selected:

  • Walid Chakroun, Ph.D, Fellow ASHRAE, is professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, Kuwait University, Sufat, Kuwait
  • Tim Dwyer, C.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, is teaching fellow, University College London, England
  • Cynthia Gage, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, is senior research engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Kevin Gebke is new product development engineer, DuctSox Corp., Peosta, Iowa
  • David Godwin, P.E., is environmental protection specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Arlington, Va.
  • Cecily Grzywacz is facilities scientist in facilities management, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Hu, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, is lead researcher and deputy general director, Green Energy 
  • Phillip Johnson, P.E., is engineering director, applied development center, McQuay International, Staunton, Va.
  • Georgi Kazachki, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, is director of advanced technologies, DRS Technologies, Florence, Ky.
  • Essam Khalil, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, is professor of mechanical engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
  • William Knight Jr., P.E., is director of energy management, Greenville County Schools, Greenville, S.C.
  • Spencer Morasch is advanced engineer, customer support, Jersey Central Power 
  • Guy Perreault, ing., is president, Evap-Tech MTC, Inc., Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Larry Sun, P.E., is principal, Tsuchiyama Kaino Sun 
  • Samuel Toub, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, is chief engineer, BKT Consulting Engineers, Dallas, Texas
  • Xinlei Wang, Ph.D., is associate professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.
  • Alexander Zhivov, Ph.D., is senior researcher, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, Ill.

The Distinguished 50-Year Member Award is given to persons who have been a member of the Society for 50 years and have performed outstanding service to the Society. The following six members are receiving this award:

  • Richard Harju, P.E., Life Member, is retired and lives in Saint Paul, Minn.
  • Frederick Holste, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, is principle and founder, Holste 
  • Charles Knights, Life Member, is retired and lives in Louisville, Ky.
  • Oliver Lewis, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, is retired and lives Lawrenceville, Ga.
  • Fareed Ossi, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, is president, Ossi Consulting Engineers, Inc., Tampa, Fla.
  • Thomas Smith, F.R.Eng, C.Eng, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, is retired and lives in Herts, England

The Journal Paper Award honors the best paper or article published in ASHRAE Journal. Steven T. Taylor, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, and C. Hwakong Cheng receive the award for their article, “Economizer High Limit Controls and Why Enthalpy Economizers Don’t Work.” Taylor is principal and Cheng is senior mechanical designer, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, Calif.

Frank Lu, Ph.D., P.E., Matthew Sitzmann, P.E., and Steve R. Smith, P.E., receive an ASHRAE Poster Presentation Award for “Effects of Dents in Condenser Fins on Air Conditioner Performance.” The award is given to peer-reviewed technical papers with the best visual and technical information presented at Society Conferences

Michael S. Waring, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Willis H. Carrier Award, which is given to an ASHRAE member 32 years of age or younger for presenting an outstanding paper at a Society meeting.

The following papers were selected to receive ASHRAE Paper Awards, which recognize the authors of the best papers presented at Society meetings.

  • Keisuke Sekiguchi, Dr. Eng., Shisei Waragai, Dr. Eng., Tsuneo Uekusa, Dr. Eng., and Kenji Yamasaki 
  • Christian A. Gueymard, Ph.D., and Didier Thevenard, Ph.D., P.Eng.

The Lincoln Bouillon Award recognizes a member who performs the most outstanding work in increasing the membership of the Society during the course of the year. The recipient is G. Ramesh Kumar, manager, products division, ETA Engineering, Bangalore, India.

The Dan Mills Technical Award recognizes a Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (CTTC) chair who excels in meeting CTTC goals in technical, energy and government activities. The recipient is Keith H. Reihl, P.E., ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, president, Reihl Engineering LLC, Houston, Texas. Reihl is also receiving the Chapter Program Star Award, which recognizes excellence in chapter program endeavors.

The William J. Collins Jr. Research Promotion Award is given to the chapter research promotion chair that raises the most money for ASHRAE research. The recipient is George W. “Billy” Austin Jr., P.E., principal, Shultz Engineering Group, Charlotte, N.C.

The Hong Kong Chapter receives the Society's Government Activities Award, which recognizes an ASHRAE chapter for outstanding effort and achievement in state, provincial and local government activities in connection with technical issues related to the activities of the Society.

Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L.(Eng.), Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, and Kwang Woo Kim are the recipients of the Society’s Lou Flagg Historical Award, which recognizes a chapter Gold Ribbon Award winner for compiling information on outstanding historical projects or persons related to HVAC&R. The award is named in recognition of Presidential Member Lou Flagg, who promoted an interest in history at the chapter and Society levels. Bean is a building and IEQ consultant, Healthy Heating, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Olesen is a professor, Department of Civil Engineering, and director of the International Center for Indoor Environment, Technical University of Denmark. Kim is a professor, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

The Standards Achievement Award recognizes significant and exceptional service in the area of standards leadership and technical contribution. The recipient is Mick Schwedler, P.E., manager, Applications Engineering, The Trane Co., La Crosse, Wis.

The ASHRAE Student Activities Achievement Award recognizes a Chapter Student Activities chair for service related to the goals and growth of student activities at all levels. The recipients are Clayton A. Lampman, P.E., Life Member, president, C.A. Lampman Associates Inc., Arcadia, Calif.; Harmohindar Singh, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, professor of architectural and mechanical engineering, and director of the Center for Energy Research and Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.

The Milton W. Garland Commemorative Refrigeration Award for Project Excellence award recognizes the designer and owner of a non-comfort cooling refrigeration application that highlights innovation and/or new technologies. The recipient is John Bittner, P.E., research engineer, Research and Development, Hill Phoenix Inc., Conyers, Ga.

Jan Kaczmarczyk, assistant professor and vice chair of the Department of Heating, Ventilation and Dust Removal Team, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, is the recipient of the Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award, which is given to a researcher under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in the study of bioenvironmental engineering and its effect on human comfort and health.

Sebastian Herrmann is the recipient of the Homer Addams Award, which honors a graduate student who has been engaged in an ASHRAE research project.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. Its sole objective is to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R).