Lauren M. Ronsse, Ph.D., a lecturer in acoustics at Columbia College Chicago,
has twice benefitted from the award, most recently attending the 2012 ASHRAE Winter Conference. While there, she attended a College of Fellows meeting and had lunch with Charles Culp, ASHRAE Fellow and a director at large on the ASHRAE Board.
“He discussed future opportunities, offered advice and answered questions related to beginning a career as an academic faculty member,” she said. “I also attended technical talks related to my research, participated in technical committee meetings and networked with professionals in the building industry at a company dinner. By attending the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) social events, I met other engineers beginning their careers and discussed the challenges and opportunities in the field. I participated in technical committee meetings on sound and vibration control, which directly relates to my research interests, wherein I was able to note the areas of research that ASHRAE plans to pursue and consider how I might contribute in the future. I also continued my involvement in ASHRAE by serving as the Standards Subcommittee chair for the Sound and Vibration Control technical committee.”
Another recipient, Tea Zakula, a doctoral candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, agreed the award was beneficial. She also took part in the 2012 Winter Conference.
“Since the ASHRAE Conference gathers very knowledgeable experts from both academic and industry worlds, it was extremely beneficial and great source of information to attend the seminars and talks related to my area of interest,” she said. “The technical program covered a wide range of HVAC&R-related research, ranging from applied to academic, from topics that require basic level of technical expertise to quite complex technical problems. One of the most useful parts of the Conference was attending the technical committee meetings, which gave me an insight into current and future research. Also, beside the ‘official program’ there is a parallel world of meetings, networking and discussions, which I found to be an invaluable opportunity for networking.”
The award application and details may be downloaded from the ASHRAE College of Fellows website at http://www.ashraecof.org/TravelAwards/travelawards.htm. Applicants are required to be ASHRAE student members; be Ph.D. candidates within 24 months of graduation; and have a thesis topic within ASHRAE’s scope of research. Currently, two awards of up to $1,000 for each for two consecutive Conferences are being provided to the selected candidates to cover travel, lodging and meals.
Submittal may be by email to COF@ASHRAE.org or mail to ASHRAE College of Fellows, 1791 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA, 30329.