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Carmen Cejudo, PE

Carmen CejudoCarmen Cejudo, PE
Puget Sound Chapter, 
ASHRAE President-Elect
Region XI

Who, or what inspired you to become an engineer? 
When I was in fifth grade, I was introduced to engineering as a career path through MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement), and I haven't looked back since.

When did you first join ASHRAE? What motivated you to do so? 
I joined ASHRAE in 2011. Shortly thereafter I began studying the various Handbooks and other self-paced courses to help me in my new career as my degree is in Environmental Engineering, which has more of a focus on Civil Engineering. The ASHRAE resources helped enhance my on-the-job training.

How have you been involved in ASHRAE since joining? 
I was chosen to shadow Kevin Marple (then Director at Large for Region XI) at the ASHRAE Winter Conference in New York City through the LeaDRS program.  Since then, I've been making my way through the positions of the Puget Sound Chapter Board of Governors and am currently the President-Elect.

Is there anything that surprised you about your work as a volunteer? 
I was surprised by how hard all the volunteers throughout ASHRAE work to make the Society relevant to their careers. It can be a significant time commitment, but is very rewarding both personally and professionally. The more you give, the more you get back.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of work? 
I enjoy hiking, cooking, gardening and generally relaxing with my boyfriend and cat (especially after a big deadline goes out the door).

What is your proudest accomplishment in your volunteer role? 
Completely reworking our chapter website and membership database.  It's still a work in progress, but has been very helpful with tracking meeting registrations, sponsorships, news, etc.

What do you think prospective volunteers should know? 
ASHRAE is a big family and there is a role for everyone.

Renato Miranda, PE, Lifetime ASHRAE Member

Renato MirandaPresident of Edificio Verde S.A.
Chile Chapter President Elect
Chile Chapter Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair
Region XII

My passion for naval engineering was inspired by my love for the ocean and a pair of engineers in my family. I decided to join ASHRAE after assisting with a training at Carrier's Syracuse HVAC School in 1975.

In my work as an HVAC engineer, I have used ASHRAE Standards and recommend them to my fellow engineers. Over the years, I’ve found several opportunities of progress through ASHRAE conferences and expos. In addition, I encouraged colleagues to get involved with ASHRAE. Recently in 2015, I became a founding member of the ASHRAE Chilean Chapter.

I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm of Spanish-speaking ASHRAE members who serve their nations and lack technical support in HVAC and renewable energy. I believe in bilingualism as a vehicle to incorporate Spanish speaking countries to ASHRAE and have ASHRAE Standards adopted by their government and engineering societies.

My Favorite activities include sailing and reading about future discoveries. I am intrigued to read about the coming of a full and new world based on digital and technical advances. In my opinion, ASHRAE Standards are the base and the tools for the engineering needs of this new world.

My proudest accomplishment is working with Climate Reality Leaders and giving 30 international conferences on Climate Change. During these conferences, we help others understand the phenomena by teaching them how to react to these changes and cope with their effects.

Today, there are many technical fields that need active promotion. I believe the most important volunteer activity is to promote energy savings through the use of renewables attached to myriads of new artifacts, vehicles and buildings.