(Back row, from left): Tuna Yeşilırmak, ASHRAE member; Levent Alatlı, former TTMD Board member; Ertuğrul Şen, vice chair of IZODER; Asrın Bakır, Press general manager; Tunç Korun ASHRAE member and former TTMD Board member; Kadir İsa, ASHRAE member; Numan Şahin, former TTMD Board chair; Ayhan Onat, academic; Bahadırhan Tari, Turkish Section treasurer; Soner Biçer, Turkish Section secretary; and Cihan Ergin, mechanical engineer. (Front row, from left): Bassam Elassaad, Sub Region B chair; Zeki Poyraz, İSİB chair; Ashok Virmani Region-at-Large director and regional chair; Barış Özerdem, Turkish Section chair; Mehmet Dokumacı, Turkish Section chair-elect.
Turkish Section Chartered
By Ashok Virmani, ASHRAE Region-at-Large director and regional chair
In the historical city of Istanbul, the ASHRAE Turkish section sponsored by the Region-at-Large was chartered at a glittering ceremony on March 26.
Close to 40 ASHRAE members in Turkey clustered around the major cities with a majority in Istanbul were in attendance. The initial efforts to start a chapter began two years back when Prof. Barış Özerdem met with members of the Danube Chapter. He encouraged 25 members to sign a petition with an intent to start a chapter, but had to be content to charter a section. The section was approved by the ASHRAE Board at the 2013 Winter Conference at Dallas.
The chartering ceremony was attended by Ashok Virmani, Region-at-Large director and regional chair; Bassam Elassaad, Sub Region B chair; and 19 ASHRAE and non-ASHRAE members including representatives from the Turkish Society of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers (TTMD), which is a member of the ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance, and the press. The gathering included Numan Sahin, Tunç Korun and
Levent Alatli, all of whom are former TTMD Board members.
The charter evening was sponsored by ISIB, an association of HVAC exporters whose chair, Zeki Poyraz, is also chair of the Board of TOBB, an umbrella organization for all industries.
The ceremony started with an address from Elassaad with Virmani then conveying greetings from ASHRAE President Tom Watson, the ASHRAE Board, the Region-at-Large and the Society’s 54,000 members. Virmani also explained the presidential theme, “Broadening ASHRAE’s Horizons.”
He then conducted the chartering ceremony by installing the following section officers.
President, M. Barış Özerdem
President-Elect, Mehmet Kenan Dokumaci
Secretary, Soner Bicer
Treasurer, Bahadirhan Tari
He also presented the section charter, banner and a marble plaque memento to Özerdem.
The event was followed by presentations by Özerdem, Elassaad and Virmani.
Virmani also declared the event as membership promotion evening and presented neckties to senior members attending the inauguration ceremony as well as potential members who pledged to join ASHRAE soon.
Very interestingly, the Turkish Section Board of Governors, along with Selman Olmez, an ASHRAE member eager to assist the Board, lost no time and held its first planning meeting.