Should Someone You Know Be an ASHRAE Fellow?
By J. Thomas Sobieski,
2012–13 Honors and Awards Committee Personal Awards Subcommittee Chair
An ASHRAE Fellow is an ASHRAE full grade Member, for a minimum of 10 years, who has made contribution(s) that have had substantial impact on the advancement of the arts and/or sciences of HVAC&R and on the industry. A Fellow is one who has attained distinction (seen by his/her peers in the industry as a person of excellence) and made one or more contributions to the industry which had a notable, unique and positive impact in the advancement of the built environment such as:
Education and/or research
Engineering executive on projects of unusual or important scope
Sharing knowledge and contribution through outreach activities such as mentoring, publications, oral presentations and involvement in industry activities
Other activities leading to advancement of the built environment including that of contractors, OEMs and their representatives
The nominator must be an ASHRAE member and attest that the nominee adheres to the ASHRAE Code of Ethics. There must be at least two letters of support, one of which must be from an ASHRAE Fellow (could be the nominator) and one, but not more than two professional reference letters. References must be from organizations different than that of the nominee. They are not required to be ASHRAE members, but must be capable of describing the impact of the nominee’s substantial contribution(s) to the built environment.
The nominator must provide a mandatory 100-words-or-less concise description and impact of the nominee’s contribution(s). In addition, the nominator must complete the ASHRAE Fellow nomination form, including the nominee’s current, up to date, biographical (bio) record and a recent digital photograph (front-facing head and shoulders).
One final caution, Fellow grade is to recognize individuals who have made substantial impact on the arts/and sciences of HVAC&R on the built environment, not for service to ASHRAE. There are many other honors and awards listed on ASHRAE.org listed below to recognize ASHRAE service.
The deadline for Fellow nominations is Dec. 1.
Full details, including the Fellow nomination form, sample letters etc. can be found at: www.ashrae.org/honors. If you need additional information and/or have questions, contact Rosy Douglas at ASHRAE Headquarters, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that members can only be recognized and advanced to the membership grade of Fellow if ASHRAE members take the time and effort to make nominations.