January 2019  

Meeting Announcement

Jan. 8 Meeting Spotlights Retaining Women in STEM Fields

The January 8 membership meeting discusses an issue that may significantly affect the engineering talent pool and productivity in coming years. Join us, 5:30 - 8 p.m., at the River North location of Rock Bottom Brewery, Grand & State Streets, Chicago.

While we have seen an increase in young women enrolling in STEM disciplines at the university level, we have not seen the same increase in the percent of women employed in the STEM workforce. This inconsistency can be attributed to poor retention of women once they enter the profession. This presentation will address why women leave the industry and what can be done to help increase retention. This is an important topic for our industry as a whole as well as for employers trying to minimize turnover. (1 PDH)

Julia Keen, one of ASHRAE's Distinguished Lecturers, will conduct the Jan. 8 presentation. Julia Keen is a Professor of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science at Kansas State University. Her areas of interest include HVAC design, energy codes, high performance design, HVAC education, and the advancement of women in the building design and construction industry. Get more informaton and register online now.

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Scholarship Update

Seeking Applicants for ASHRAE Engineering Scholarships

The deadline for Illinois Chapter ASHRAE Scholarships in 2019 is January 31st. The Chapter this year will award up to four $1,500 scholarships to deserving college students interested in pursuing studies in engineering, science or mathematics that are fundamental for a career in the HVAC field. It's quick and simple to apply for one of these scholarships. Applicants do not need to be ASHRAE student chapter members.

Don't let this opportunity to lower the educational expenses of the college student (and future engineer) in your life pass you by. For additional information and application form, click here.

Please submit your application by Jan. 31, 2019. The Chapter plans to introduce scholarship winners at the March or April 2019 meeting.

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Technology Awards

Nine New Projects Chosen for Technology Awards

Awards Chair Ron Russell and fellow judges of the Chapter’s 2018 Technology Awards Committee selected 9 design projects to receive the Excellence in Engineering Award in December. The projects and winners were introduced at the Dec. 4 Holiday Party at the Willis Tower’s Metropolitan Club in downtown Chicago. Congratulations again to all the winners. Read more about these projects and download the awards program booklet. See more awards presentation photos.


200 N. Dearborn Condominium, Chicago, IL
Chiller Plant Upgrade
Greg Swiss
Cyclone Energy Group

Eris Brewery and Ciderhouse, Chicago, IL
Geothermal & Heat Recovery
Robert Olden
Element Energy Consulting

Indian Trails Public Library Boiler Optimization, Wheeling, IL
Renovation & Addition
Steve Maze & Robert St. Mary
Elara Engineering

Loyola University Quinlan Life Science, Chicago, IL
New Heat Recovery Chiller
Cem Diniz
Elara Engineering

Medline Industries Northfield HQ, Northfield, IL
Retro-Commissioning of Newly Acquired
David Binstock
Sieben Energy Associates

New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL
Renovation & New Building HVAC System
Sudesh Saraf
The Wight Company

Sunset Ridge School, Northfield, IL
New HVAC System
Donald Hartdegen Jr.
The Wight Company

University of Illinois Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab
Champaign-Urbana, IL
Laboratory Building Renovation
Chad Luning & Michael McDermott
Grumman/Butkus Associates

Zoetis, Kalamazoo, MI
Chiller Expansion
Daniel Doyle
Grumman/Butkus Associates

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Holiday Party

Annual Holiday Party Brings It All Together Again


There are many things special about the holiday season, like the opportunities it affords to escape life’s worries by entering a space full of good food and drink, good cheer with good people. There was plenty of everything at Illinois ASHRAE’s annual Holiday Party on December 4. A merry group of 130 members and friends of ASHRAE came together to welcome the holidays in style at the Metroplitan Club Oak Room on the 66th floor of Willis Tower.

Inside guests shared greetings and toasts with others gathered at hightop tables and around the buffet tables and bar. Good wine, great food and friendly conversation reached every corner. The band filled the air with traditional holiday tunes. Special guests included the engineers and owner representatives of 9 projects selected to receive the Illinois Chapter’s 2018 Excellence in Engineering Awards. Ron Russell, Mallory Schaus and Fiona Martin-McCarthy presided over the introduction of winners and presentation of plaques marking their accomplishments. Read more about the winners here.

See more Holiday Party photographs.

We must once more acknowledge all the careful preparation and hard work of Fiona Martin-McCarthy and helpers to bring everyone a memorable time. Again we owe a great deal of thanks also to the generosity of our Holiday Party sponsors:

Gold Star Sponsors
Cyclone Energy Group
Bornquist, Inc.
Hatchell & Associates

Silver Bells Sponsors
Johnson Controls

Snowflake Sponsors
Maddock Mechanical Industries
Thermosystems, Inc.


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Student Activities

STEM Scouts Enlighten Youth

The Student Activities Committee needs volunteers who are interested in helping introduce the engineering and technology fields to youngsters through the STEM Scouts program. STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Scouts is a co-ed program for students between the ages of 8-18. Founded by the Boy Scouts of America, it is divided between elementary (grades 3rd-5th), middle (6th-8th), and high school. Many different subjects of STEM are covered over the course of the school year, ranging from app design to robots to ecology. We provide curriculum and materials from our national supply group. The only thing required of adult volunteers is to provide leadership once a week to the participants. Here is a look at the schedule of upcoming dates and topics. For more information, contact Kevin Summers, [email protected]

January 12th, 2019 (Module 2, Chemistry)

January 26th, 2019 (Module 3, Wind Tunnels and Flying)

February 9th, 2019 (Module 3, Wind Tunnels and Flying)

February 23rd, 2019 (Module 3, Wind Tunnels and Flying)

March 9th, 2019 (Module 4, EdisonBot)

March 23rd, 2019 (Module 4, EdisonBot)

April 13th, 2019 (Module 4, EdisonBot)

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Other News

November 13 Meeting
Dealing with Legionnaires: Lessons Learned

HVAC professionals got a large helping of useful new information for preventing and fighting the presence of Legionnaires’ Disease-causing contamination in building air-conditioning systems — along with great German food and beer — at the Nov. 13 chapter meeting. Jay Reading, Vice President of Phigenics, LLC water management consultants, guided the discussion. Our visit to the Gemütlichkeit Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont was our first. We’re confident that many of the 60 people in attendance would like to go back — and grateful to our meeting sponsor, Temperature Equipment Corporation!

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Calendar of Events

Here are remaining education program topics the chapter plans to provide through our monthly dinner meetings and other ASHRAE events in 2018-19. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

Jan. 8 — Meeting: Targeting Success Through Employee Satisfaction

Jan. 14-16 — 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo (Atlanta)

Feb. 12 — Meeting: IECC 2018

March 12 — 2019 Spring Conference:
Chiller, Energy Modeling and Specialty Design Seminar Tracks

April 9 — Meeting: Novel Methods of Capturing Airborne Contaminants in Hospitals

May 14 — Meeting: Developer Concerns

June 11 — Meeting: VRF and ASHRAE 62.1

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ASHRAE Society Update

Heading to Atlanta for 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference?

The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA. The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, the Bookstore and Speakers Lounge will be at the Omni CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center. For registration information.

The AHR Expo will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Monday, Jan. 14 – Wednesday, Jan. 16. Your ASHRAE Conference badge provides free entry to the AHR Expo show floor, or you can register for free until Jan. 9, 2019. After Jan. 9 the fee will be $30 to attend the AHR Expo only.

View the Tech Program.


While in Atlanta, Sign Up for Regions V & VI Dinner

Region VI ASHRAE members (which includes the Illinois Chapter) will join neighboring Region V chapter members at a special dinner planned on Sunday, Jan. 13, 6:00 p.m., at the Park Bar, 350 Walton St., Atlanta. All members and guests are invited. A four-course dinner with 3 entree choices is included (cash bar).  Tickets are now on sale at $55 per person. Download a flyer with complete details and reservations information. Space will be limited, so make your plans and reservations soon!


ASHRAE Publishes Updated Residential, Construction Standard

ASHRAE has released an updated edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2018 Energy-Efficient Design of Low Rise Residential Buildings. The standard establishes minimum whole-building energy performance requirements (design, construction, and verification) for energy-efficient residential buildings. The 2018 revision of Standard 90.2 outlines cost-effective residential building energy performance measures that are at least 50% more efficient than those defined by the 2006 International Energy Construction Code (IECC).

“This update to the standard offers better alignment between this standard’s requirements and marketplace product availability as well as some revisions to improve the document’s clarity and internal consistency,” said Theresa Weston, Ph.D., chair of the Standard 90.2 committee.

The cost of ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2018 is $94 for ASHRAE members ($110, non-members). To order, visit

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Welcome New Members

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

Yvette Anguiano
Louis Badame
Andrea Bell
Aaron Byers
Jacob Cunningham
Artur Cyran
Steve Duerkop
Jack Forrest
Timothy Fox
Michael Graham
William Hallman
Alyssa Matlock
Patrick Mucharski
Timothy O'Brien
Nirav Patel
Brett Payne
Emily Roll
William Schafer
Russell Smith
Valbona Tika
Lei Wang
Kazuaki Watanabe

Patrick Dolan
Shawn George
Rod Harvey
Brendan Loftus

Kari Abromitis
Gracelyn Attablayo
Gaoshua Chang
Michael Desch
Ritesh Ghorpade
Jared Gudaitis
Jonathan Herbert
Sajal Joshi
Liwen Kang
Plyush Khairnar
Jaemin Lee
Keonho Lim
Lijian Ma
Avadhoot Mulay
William Polenc-Busby
Kevin Przybylski
Claudia Puglisi
Gilberto Romero
Yeeun Shin
Julie Skutnik
Ezgi Takmaz
Justin Tringl
Carlos Vaca
Boney Varghere
Matthew Witkowski
Yicheng Zeng

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