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January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020 Membership Meeting
January 14, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Rock Bottom Brewery
One W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654-4806
Building a Better Workplace

$55.00 Member Registration

$65.00 Non-Member Registration

$0.00 Student Registration

Join us in the new year at Rock Bottom Brewery, Tuesday, Jan. 14, where Chicago's HVAC professionals will gather for a little networking, good food and an interesting presentation. This month the topic will focus on Advocating for Yourself and Others: Strategies for Building a Better Workplace. Jaclyn Jensen, an Associate Professor of Human Resources at DePaul, will present and lead a panel discussion on building a better workplace. In recent decades the workplace has experienced rapid change in its demographic, in the tools people use, and even in the hours people work. As engineers our focus may be elsewhere, but fostering a great workplace environment is critical in that it reduces turnover which impacts employee morale, productivity, and ultimately revenue. After her presentation, Jaclyn will lead a discussion with the following panelists who have leadership positions in the engineering field:

Ruairi Barnwell is a Principal at DLR Group based in the Chicago office. With over 20 years of experience in the Architecture & Engineering design industry, Ruairi provides integrated design support across the firm’s core market sectors, in addition to the vertical sectors of Smart Building Analytics, Commissioning, Renewables and Data Center design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Services Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Ruairi is an ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP), an ASHRAE Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) and a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.

Deirdre McDaniel has been with WMA, a Salas O’Brien Company since 2000. Over that time, she has assumed ever-increasing responsibilities in the firm, from project team member to Executive Vice-President and Project Officer. Recently, Deirdre was named Managing Principal and maintains her position on Salas O’Brien’s Board of Directors. Along with her partners and senior management team, she is excited to continue to strategically grow the company as a leading engineering consulting firm. In addition to her leadership role, Deirdre manages a project portfolio including projects such as high-rise residential, hospitality, commercial office headquarters, education, healthcare, adaptive re-use, and historic renovations. Her engineering oversight includes all aspects of the building infrastructure with an emphasis in the HVAC design.

Cherish Samuels is the US Building Standards Lead and Principal Mechanical Engineer for McDonald’s Corporation. In her role, she manages the team of engineers, architects and kitchen designers who develop and implement the design standards for over 14,000 restaurants in the United States. Cherish is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and has over 14 years of experience in building design, construction and energy efficiency. She holds a Masters in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University and a Bachelors in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University. Cherish is a voting member of ASHRAE SSPC 154 and actively participates in ASHRAE TC 5.10 Kitchen Ventilation.

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