February 2018  

2018 Winter Conference

ASHRAE Recaps Successful 2018 Winter Conference, AHR Expo

The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference took place Jan. 20-24 at the Palmer House Hilton with the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo held Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place. With more than 3,200 registrants, this year's Winter Conference was one of the largest in ASHRAE's history. The AHR Expo attracted more than 70,000 visitors, a six percent increase over last year's record-breaking event held in Las Vegas.

"The Winter Conference and AHR Expo are prime opportunities for attendees to stay on top of the latest information and technology needed to work toward a more sustainable world," said 2017-2018 ASHRAE President Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D.

The plenary session, drawing more than 1,000 people, provided a forum for the presentation of awards. Keynote speaker Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, closed the session with an empowering presentation on closing the gender gap in STEM fields.

During the Conference, Illniois Chapter members joined members of Region V and Region VI chapters at a special dinner at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant. The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago hosted a breakfast for Illinois ASHRAE members at the Palmer House where a $1,000 check for ASHRAE Research was presented by MCA.

The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference will take place June 23-27 in Houston, with the 2019 Winter Conference Jan. 12-16, and the AHR Expo, Jan. 14-16, in Atlanta. 


While a lot of people deserve credit for the outstanding attendance and itinerary at the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Meeting let's not forget the hard work of the Host Committee, staffed by volunteers from the Illinois Chapter. Led by Chair Will Mak and Vice Chair Chad Powell, their job began with the first planning meeting in December 2016.

The Host Committee is counted on for help in several areas. For starters, they organized key social events like the Welcome Party at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Members Night Out that drew large numbers of Conference attendees. The Saturday night Welcome Party was followed by the Chapter's After-Party (pictured), which drew over 150 for some live music and refreshments at the nearby Emerald Loop Irish Bar. The Host Committee also provided the usual number of technical tours to interesting venues around the Chicago area. Their Hospitality Members Lounge was open to everyone each day where visitors could go to find out a little information or simply sit down and relax a bit with a cup of coffee or other beverage. During the Conference, each of the numerous Technical Sessions was staffed with volunteer monitors recruited and assigned by the Host Committee. For this task alone, more than 100 volunteers were needed.

"We couldn't have done this without everyone's help," said Will Mak. Success resulted from a winning combination of familiarity, determination, teamwork and trust. Other Host Committee members included:

Entertainment: John Song, Kevin Summers, Mark Hegberg & Shona O'Dea

Sessions: Cory Abramowicz, Jason Greenberg

Hospitality: David Lippe, Liz Zakelj

Tours: Maggie Moninski, Drew DePriest, Mike Kuk

Sponsors: Brian Medina, Allen Merk

Every three years when the Winter Meeting is held in Chicago, the Society turns to Illinois Chapter members for significant help in providing ASHRAE visitors with a productive and memorable experience. We never let them down. "It's a unique chance to help showcase our city every three years to people from all over the world," Will said. "I would encourage anyone wanting to gain more leadership experience to get involved."

The Committee's activities were supported financially by a number of sponsors. They included:

Bornquist Inc
Performance Services

Air Products Equipment
AMS Mechanical Systems
Cyclone Energy Group
Hatchell & Associates
Maddock Industries
Midwest Applied Solutions
WMA Consulting

Windy City Representatives

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Inside Illinois Chapter

March 1 YEA Happy Hour Planned at AceBounce

The Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) will hold a Happy Hour, Thursday, March 1st, at AceBounce Chicago, 230 N. Clark St., at the corner of Clark & Wacker. Join members and guests, 35 and younger, for some ping-pong, refreshments, networking and general merriment! There is no admission cost, and each guest will get two free drink tickets.

The YEA Happy Hour is FREE and a great way to get connected to YEA, so don’t miss out! Online registration is encouraged to know a head count, but walk in guests will be welcome the day of the event. YEA members are 35 and younger. For further information, contact Chris Krieps at

A big thanks again to Virtual Energy Solutions for sponsoring the event!




The Do's and Don'ts of DOAS at Feb. 13 Member Meeting

Paul Stewart, Desert Aire, gave members and guests at the Feb. 13 monthly Chapter meeting a detailed description of "AHRI 920 and How It Applies to Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) Design and ASHRAE 90.1." It was a full a full house again for the family-style Italian dinner at Buca di Beppo restaurant in Lombard, IL.

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Community Service

Illinois ASHRAE Volunteers Will Answer the Rebuilding Together Call to Help

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago believes in a safe and healthy home for everyone, and is dedicated to improving the homes and communities of residents in need so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence. Each April the program provides deserving community members with the help they need in a day of community service, with free repairs and home renovation to elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners.

Illinois ASHRAE will again be sponsoring a home this year, and members and friends of the Chapter will be serving as volunteers. The next Rebuilding Together Day will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Our team has been assigned to work on a bungalow in the Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. While painting, cleaning and repairing or installing new equipment are usual chores, a final task list will be revealed closer to the date. The home received a badly needed new furnace early in the heating season, thanks to Temperature Equipment Corp. and All Temp Heating & Air Conditioning, who donated the equipment and installation. “She is loving it,” said Mallory Schaus about the widow who can now go into some of the rooms that previously were too cold in the winter. The AC portion of the system will be installed in the spring.

Mallory, who has spearheaded the chapter’s Rebuilding Together effort, is assisted this year by Kelly Gunn and Maggie McNamara. They will coordinate both the home renovation project and distribution of a new Energy Efficiency Kits to all 40 homes in the Chicagoland area. The kits, which include various tools for improving home energy efficiency, are provided as part of an ASHRAE Sustainability Project undertaken by the Illinois Chapter this year as hosts of the 2018 Winter Conference, held here in January.

The annual Rebuilding Together Day gives Illinois ASHRAE members a way to bring comfort and safety into homes that really need our help. Volunteers also have fun while getting to know other members. If you’d like to volunteer on April 28, please visit and sign up today.

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Student Activities

Chapter Members To Help Judge Citywide Science Fair

Illinois ASHRAE members will bring their judging skills along with some scholarship money to the 2018 Chicago Non-Public Schools Science Exposition, set for March 3 & 4 at the Museum of Science and Industry. Illinois ASHRAE volunteers have supported and participated in the annual science fair for many years. Some 400 projects selected from grammar school and junior high fairs around the Chicago area will compete again for awards. Winners will move up to the Illinois Junior Academy of Sciences Fair in the spring. The viewing begins on Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m., and winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon, 2-3 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission to the science fair is included with museum entry. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Kevin Summers,


Mentorship: The How and Why

ASHRAE is not only well positioned to steer young students towards engineering careers and obtain college degrees; members can also help young engineers grow their careers as mentors. The latter objective may gain emphasis with the arrival of Patrick Devanney, new Associate Director at UIC’s Engineering Career Center. Patrick plans to develop a mentorship program with students and industry professionals. He would like to organize visits from experienced professionals to discuss ASHRAE and today’s HVACR field with engineering students. If you would like to get involved, contact Patrick at

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Scholarship Update

Scholarship Program Enters Judging Phase

…And speaking of gifted students, we have received 35 applications for the 2018 ASHRAE Illinois Scholarships. The applicants are currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs at five universities and community colleges. We thank everyone who helped get the word out to students and parents. Scholarship Chair Kyle Schultz and fellow volunteer judges are reviewing applications and will recognize our four winners at an upcoming membership meeting. Each winner will receive a $1,500 award to help pay for their education expenses.

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Calendar of Events

Here are education program topics the chapter has planned for the remainder of the year at our monthly dinner meetings and other ASHRAE events in 2017-18. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

March 13 — Chicago Benchmarking Committee
April 10 — Healthcare Market Update — What's Next?
April (TBA) — Spring Tour
May 3-5 — 2018 Region VI CRC, Des Moines, Iowa

May 8 — Overcoming Objections to Energy Efficiency Investments
June 12 — IECC 2018 Update

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Welcome New Members

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

David Barrent
Ryan Baumgartner
Michael Bordes
Kevan Clarke
Samantha Davidson
Kenneth Griffin
Brandon Gross
Tyler Hodges
Mitchell Kelley
Alison Klapp
Michael Kolnik
Tony Leeseberg
David McElroy
Akash Mehta
Patrick Meinke
Kirill Mikhailov
Brian Newell
Timothy Orris
Mason Renner
Brian Salem 

Joseph Crosetto
Ruben De La Fuente, Jr.
Jascha Heynck
Nancy Kohout
Craig Kos
Jim Lambert
Leonard Langston
Antonio Lewis
Charles Meagher
Peter Nustra
Bill Paulson
Surinder Singh
Christopher Wieczorek 

Paula Debkowska
Ries Guthmann
Brett Horin
Harshdeep Ingle
Krzysztof Kompiel
Jaime Marin
Anna Lisa Marie Mounier
Christian Pavlov
Alexander Rashqawi
Jignesh Sapra Eng
Pauline Sok
Jeffrey Williams
Eric Wright

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