February 2019  

Upcoming Special Event

Spring Conference Returns March 12

Save the date of March 12 and plan to spend the day gaining new professional knowledge while adding PDHs at the Illinois ASHRAE's 2019 Spring Conference. The all-day conference, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., moves this year to One North Wacker Drive, 2nd floor, in downtown Chicago.

Final arrangements are almost complete. Three concurrent seminar tracks — labeled Specialty Topics, Chillers, and Energy Modeling/IAQ — will offer new and experienced engineers a selection of several one-hour presentations. A keynote presentation will occur during the lunch hour. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and following the day's final seminars a Happy Hour reception will take place at the conference center to network with presenters and attendees.

Watch for the complete schedule with details of each seminar, arriving soon at and members' email. The Spring Conference is organized by the chapter's Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) section.

HVAC vendors can include exhibits and support the event as Gold or Silver Conference Sponsors. For sponsorship details, visit the online Conference registration area.

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Inside Illinois Chapter

IECC & Plumbing Code Updates

Was it the topic, the presenters, the fine German cuisine, a little late winter cabin fever — or the combination of all — that brought 106 engineering professionals to the February 12 meeting held at Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont? Either way, from the code update information to the sauerbraten and spaetzel everyone got a plateful. Ryan Hoger, TEC, guided everyone along a lengthy look at changes set to take effect in the Illinois Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2018). Scott Jagodzinski, ASPE Chicago Chapter, followed him to the podium, walking the audience through a discussion of the revised Illinois Plumbing Code.


Retaining Women in Engineering Careers

Our January 8 meeting presenter, Julia Keen, P.E., Ph.D, addressed an important source of engineering talent that firms interested in maintaining a strong, versatile workforce must pay attention to. "We have seen an increase in young women enrolling in STEM disciplines at the university level and an improvement in the numbers attaining college degrees, but we have not seen the same increase in the percent of women employed in the STEM workforce," the Kansas State University professor noted. Her talk, "Targeting Success — Improve Employee Satisfaction and Profit," highlighted a list factors behind the profession's poor retention of women in engineering careers. Her findings struck a chord with the more than 60 men and women gathered at Rock Bottom Brewery. Many of the women who posed in the (inset) group photo plan to join the Illinois ASHRAE's newly forming Women in Engineering Group.

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Scholarship Update

Scholarship Program Judges Begin Selection of Best

The Scholarship Committee is currently reviewing some 30 applications for one of the four $1,500 awards to be presented by the Illinois Chapter. The applicants are currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs at several universities. The annual awards are intended to help pay for education expenses and encourage excellence. Scholarship Chair Kyle Schultz and fellow volunteer judges will likely not find it an easy task once again to identify the top candidates as all have excellent academic performance records and goals. We look forward to meeting the winners at an upcoming membership meeting. Stay tuned.


IIT Students Win ASHRAE Scholarship and HVAC Project Grant Awards

There's more good scholarship news at ASHRAE's society level to report. Student Activities Chair Kevin Summers informed us that an Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) student was chosen as one of ASHRAE's 2019-20 Scholarship recipients — for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to Erica Acton, who has been awarded the Gordon V.R. Holness Engineering award. The $5,000 scholarship will help her pursue her Architectural Engineering studies.

Additionally, IIT students Mohammad Heidarinejad and Brent Stephens recently won an undergraduate-level ASHRAE grant to continue their HVAC project, "Undergraduate Building Science Laboratory: HVAC Systems and Measurements Lab." The grant will help enable students to add real building controls to the current small air handling unit and test duct obtained in an earlier phase. Other components of the lab that will be used for hands-on training include a 40 gallons-rated capacity hot water electric boiler, 1.5 HP rated chiller with R-410A, a three-speed blower with maximum 920 cfm, and 528 GPH pump.

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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]

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

EWeek 2019 Is Celebrated February 17-23

Founded by NSPE in 1951, National Engineers Week (EWeek), February 17–23, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Today, EWeek is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies — including ASHRAE — and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to quality of life, EWeek promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce. Each year, EWeek reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the U.S. through talks, science fairs, and other hands-on events.


New Standard 90.2 for Residential Buildings Is Ready

ASHRAE has rolled out the new version of Standard 90.2, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Standard 90.2 establishes the minimum whole-building energy performance requirements for energy efficient residential buildings. The 2018 version of the 90.2 standard is a leadership standard that presents a new approach to delivered residential building energy performance and seeks to deliver residential building energy performance that is at least 50% more efficient than the energy efficiency defined by the 2006 IECC.

Get a detailed overview of the new standard by downloading this fact sheet. You can also preview Standard 90.2-2018 or order online at the ASHRAE website.

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ASHRAE History

This Date in ASHRAE History
The Technology Is Different, But the Message Stays the Same

The following article appeared in the February, 1993, issue of the Illinois Chapter's monthly Intercom newsletter. It's worth another look, not only for what it said then but for the obvious fact that over a quarter century later the message hasn't lost it's freshness or relevance. (We might add that Dan Doyle, active as ever today in the engineering field and still wth Grumman/Butkus Associates, hasn't aged one bit either!) — from Illinois ASHRAE Historian Rich Pasquesi

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Region VI News

Registration Opens for CRC 2019 in Milwaukee

While all ASHRAE events offer great opportunities to learn and network, an annual event each spring shines brightly as a great place to meet and share ideas with leaders of several other chapters in ASHRAE's midwest Region VI. The 2019 Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) will be hosted May 2-4 in Milwaukee by the Wisconsin Chapter and held at The Westin Milwaukee Hotel. It opens with a social gathering the first evening and follows with a day of ASHRAE business meetings and technical seminars and ends with a half-day series of leadership training sessions. Everyone is invited. Registration is now open and an early bird reduced rate is available until March 4. For more information and online registration, visit

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ASHRAE Society Update

ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful 2019 Winter Conference, Expo

The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference took place Jan. 12-16 at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 2,700 individuals registered. The AHR Expo drew more than 65,000 attendees, with 1,809 exhibitors total, 496 international exhibitors from 35 countries and 107 first time exhibitors. The Winter Conference technical program featured more than 300 presentations.

ASHRAE recognized outstanding achievements and contributions of dedicated members to the HVACR industry during its Honors and Awards program. The slate of nominees for 2019-2020 board officers and directors were announced. Elections will be held in May. The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference will take place June 22-26 in Kansas City, with the 2020 Winter Conference Feb. 1-5, and the AHR Expo, Feb. 3-5, in Orlando, Florida.


ASHRAE, UN Environment Accepting Entries for Lower Global Warming Potential Award

ASHRAE and UN Environment are accepting entries for a jointly established international award program to promote the innovative designs, research and practices of low-GWP alternative refrigerants and related technologies. The Lower-GWP Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Innovation Award annually recognizes people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to innovative designs, research and practices that minimize global warming potential (GWP) through refrigerant management.

First Place and Honorable Citation awards are made in two categories: Residential Applications andCommercial/Industrial Facilities.The winners in each category will be selected based on innovative solutions for designs, practice or research using lower-GWP technologies. Entries for the 2019 awards will be accepted until May 15, 2019. For more information, visit

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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.

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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Welcome New Members

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

Daniel Appelbaum
Aaron Bristol
Nazim Gantiwala
Matthew Kearney
Mark Leo
Pavel Mirchev
Mike Pintar
David Tresner

Dennis Hillman
Martin Jacobson
William Kosik
Andrew Schmidt

Orlando Cardenas-Juan
Piyush Chitnis
John Duncan
Sydney Durr
Rimzhim Mazumdar
Elizabeth McQueney
Behzad Rizi

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