May 2017  

Upcoming Special Event

ASHRAE's HVAC Design Training Coming to Aramark

ASHRAE society’s homegrown, comprehensive HVAC Design Training Series is coming to the Chicago area June 5-9. Five full days of education aimed at the essentials and applications of HVAC systems will take place at Aramark in Downers Grove, IL. It's an excellent opportunity for new and experienced veteran engineers to expand their knowledge and skills. The training is divided into two parts. The Level 1 - Essentials provides recent engineering graduates or new members of the design team with the fundamentals and technical aspects of HVAC design. Level II - Applications provides advanced information that allows practicing engineers and designers an opportunity to expand their skills. Sign up for Level I, Level II or both.

If you new or experienced engineers in your office can benefit from extensive training like this, NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOUR COMPANY. This year, the ASHRAE-designed training course will occur right in our backyard. SO YOU CAN GET THE EDUCATION BENEFITS WITHOUT EXPENSIVE LODGING AND TRAVEL COSTS! Get content, cost and registration details.

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Inside Illinois Chapter


April Showers Bring….

Raindrops weren’t the only things that appeared with frequency in the month of April. Illinois Chapter members also saw quite a few educational, social and other happenings in the month.

April 11 Meeting 
Buca di Beppo

Members packed the house at the popular Lombard Italian eatery, where they were also treated to two outstanding presentations on HVAC design for lab spaces. Grumman Butkus Associates president (and former Chapter president) Dan Doyle, gave away a lot of good suggestions for reducing energy usage in lab spaces, whose extraordinary loads place unusually high demand for energy. Dan was followed by an inside look at the design strategies and features that went into the award-winning ECE Building, the University of Illinois’ new lab in Urbana. Dave Bodenschatz, senior engineer, IMEG, Inc. (formerly KJWW); Laura Holman, architect, SmithGroup JJR; and Jim Coogan, Siemens; explained the design features and operational performance.


2017 Chapter Scholarships Awarded  

Each spring the Illinois Chapter awards four scholarships to deserving college students who are pursuing engineering studies. The awards, named in honor of past education chair Richard Hegberg, currently total $9,000 (two $3,000 and two $1,500). Applications are received each fall and accepted through January. It takes the combined effort of several volunteer judges to select the winners from the 25 to 30 or more applications received – and program chair Kyle Schultz admits it is never an easy task. The high level of achievement evident always results in an extremely close competition. The 2017 Illinois Chapter Scholars were introduced at the April 11 meeting where a presentation ceremony followed dinner. Pictured here and standing next to Scholarship Chair Kyle Schultz, they are (from left) Hibatullah Ismail (UIC), Muhammad Hashim (UIC), Jingwei Zhu (Univ. of Illinois) and Huize Li (Univ. of Illinois). Visit the scholarship webpage for more information or to download an application for next year’s scholarships.


April 20  
UI Labs – Spring Tour 2017

UI LABS, on Chicago's north side, offers problem solvers a collaboration platform that brings universities together with industries to define problems, design partnerships and deliver solutions that help improve product development. On April 20, 21 members met at UI Labs for a one-hour tour. They were guided by Andrew Lehrer, VP at ESD, and Bill Hurley, Chief Engineer at UI Labs, who explained several of the building's most interesting features along the way. The building design facilitates a flexible, open concept that permits open communication between the research area and office space. A central compressed air system, in rack cooling in MDF, and busbar system for equipment power are some of the features. A special thanks goes to Alex Lindsey and David Lippe for arranging the tour.


April 29  
Rebuilding Together

The Rebuilding Together program brings together donated building materials, equipment, tools and hundreds of volunteers and sends it all to the homes of Chicago-area people who really depend on the help to keep their homes and independence. On April 29, ASHRAE volunteers put in a Saturday cleaning, painting and making a series of repairs and upgrades at the Lawndale neighborhood home of a grateful 89-year-old widow. It was all hands on deck, 8 a.m. through 4 p.m., to make sure the list of tasks was completed by the end of the day. This is the Illinois Chapter’s third year of community service in Rebuilding Together. Taken on by the YEA committee, it was coordinated this year by Tiffany Biagini.


May Meeting Separates HVAC Design Myths and Realities

At the May 17 Chapter meeting Randy Stevens, PE, LEED AP, senior applications engineer with The Trane Company, highlighted a number of myths and mistaken assumptions about HVAC design fundamentals that engineers will do well to recognize and avoid. Some 50 members joined the meeting, held at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago.

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Student Chapter News

New Student Chapter at COD Starts Strong

We are pleased to announce that the College of DuPage now has an ASHRAE student chapter. The new chapter is off to a strong start with 32 members led by Student Board Advisor Chris Lexow. They have wasted no time setting goals and launching activities designed to get them there. In April, the group included a booth at the COD’s STEM-Con, a day of education sessions and exhibits combining science, technology, engineering and math. They garnered over $12,000 in prizes donated from industry partners for a raffle to raise funds. The ASHRAE Student Chapter aims next to participate in the upcoming student design competition and also establish a scholarship program for future students. It is affiliated with the COD Engineering and HVAC departments.

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Worth Noting

Tom Kroeschell: Farewell to a Friend

If it can be said that energy conservation has many faces, at the Illinois Chapter ASHRAE the face belonged to Tom Kroeschell, a retired longtime ASHRAE member who recently departed our world. With fellow chapter member Bob Smeltzer, Tom established the chapter Energy Awards program some 40 years ago, an idea whose format was emulated widely by other chapters. Both gentlemen personally coordinated the annual program — reestablishing it after one brief hiatus — that recognized excellence in engineering. Tom kept detailed records of winning projects dated from 1981, which he delivered when handing the program off to his successor at his retirement a few years ago.

Aside from the technology awards, Tom was recognized for his dedication to ASHRAE. He was a presence at every monthly meeting, known for his kindness and warmth, eagerness to help, and mentorship of young engineers and new ASHRAE members, and for his eternally bright smile. Tom worked for many years for Commonwealth Edison, retiring as the Manager of Marketing. He held a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University and MBA from the University of Chicago. A lifelong resident of Northbrook, he passed away March 22nd. Tom Kroeschell will be missed by many, but forgotten by none.

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ASHRAE Society Update

ASHRAE Annual Conference Goes West to Long Beach

ASHRAE will host industry professionals and experts at its upcoming Annual Conference, June 24-28. The five-day event boasts eight conference tracks, tours, social events and a keynote message from Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Registration is now open for the event, which will take place at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Committee meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and the Renaissance Long Beach.

Among the conference’s most anticipated elements, this year’s Technical Program features several new tracks including one on net zero energy (NZE) — a topic that recently has been at the forefront of the building industry. The Technical Program will address the benefits of NZE, how to achieve construction goals in the design and operation of buildings, how Title 24 of the Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings will require all commercial buildings to be NZE by 2030, and more. Learn more and register for the 2017 ASHRAE Annual Conference at

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Welcome New Members

Congratulations to the following individuals who recently 
ASHRAE members, and welcome to the Illinois Chapter:

Yasser Alsarraf
Mi Argento
Patrick Biesty
Drew DePriest
Greg Eisenmann
Eugene Sandona
Virginia Wilson 

Garrett Barnes
Andrew Calder
David Cecco
Benjamin Cherwinski
Cameron Cox
Alexander Cummings
David Foss
Tricia Fredrick
Fabijan Gabrek
Hannah Infelt
Erisa Randazzo
Sheila Ruder

Damian Almaraz
Raul Benitez
Molly Brown
Stephanie Bugyis
Ryan Carter
Krunal Chaudhari
John DeCanto
Timothy Ericksen
Julio Gomez
Frederick Hessler III
Matt Kataura
Jeffery Martin Jr
Luis Medina
Jai Mehta
Krishna Patel
Jason Pena
K. Russell
Aaftab Salim Bhiwani
Ryan Scanlon
Mitch Thomas
Matthew Wakulchik
Richard Wilsek

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