March 2020  

Cancellation Notice


As our community's efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue, the Illinois Chapter APRIL 14 MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule the “Kitchen Design, Building Pressurization and Related Controls” topic for a future meeting.

Also cancelled is the ASHRAE Region VI Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) scheduled for May 7-9 in Peoria, IL.

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Worth Noting

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Resources from ASHRAE and Others

ASHRAE has developed proactive guidance to help address coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems. This webpage provides easily accessible resources from ASHRAE to building industry professionals.

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Scholarship Update

2020 IL Chapter Scholars Announced

We are especially proud to announce the winners of four Illinois Chapter scholarships. They represent the top candidates, selected not only for their academic achievements but also for their endeavors outside the classroom. A panel of judges carefully evaluated the applications received from 25 undergraduate and graduate program students enrolled in engineering programs. As always, the extraordinary performance documented by each student made it tough to single out the four best. Each winner will receive a check for $1,500 to help with their education costs and will be recognized at a future Illinois Chapter meeting. Congratulations to each:

1st Place  Ezgi Takmaz, UIC Master of Energy Engineering Degree Program (final year). “My interest in HVAC and industry started when I was hired as a research assistant at the Energy Resources Center-UIC for Industrial Assessment Center program,” Ezgi said. In one community service role Ezgi volunteersonce a month to introduce students in K-12 schools to STEM-related fields of study.

2nd Place  Zahra Khuwaja, a junior studying Architectural Engineering at IIT. “I am passionate about buildings and infrastructure and the high-end technologies being incorporated to enhance the built environment. My interest in HVAC, business as well as data analytics makes me excited about entering the industry with a skillset that will equip me to address problems caused by climate change and natural disasters,” she explained. Zahra’s passion for teaching and promoting women in STEM led her to volunteer as a summer intern at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry. As a member of Engineers Without Borders, she has participated in a sanitation project in La Paz, Bolivia. Zahra is the current treasurer for the Illinois Tech Chapter for Society of Women Engineers. She is also a member of the SWE Future Leaders Group.

3rd Place (tie)  Alouki Shah, senior with a double major in Architectural Engineering and M.E. Building Systems at IIT. “I have always had an interest in engineering and aesthetics. When combined, these two principles create beautiful environments. Sustainability is a vital component of buildings in the struggle to preserve Earth,” she said. Early in her college career, Alouki joined UNICEF as a volunteer for the local organization KEEN Chicago. There she interacted with children with disabilities “who don't have the opportunity to explore and be active every day.” Alouki also served as manager for Illinois Tech's Women’s Volleyball team. More recently she has assisted IIT Recreational Sports and Fitness as a referee and supervisor.

3rd Place (tie)  Brandon Apostal, a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering at Bradley University, “with the goal of deepening my knowledge of complex HVAC&R systems.” One goal he has picked up is to assist his professor with research to optimize HVAC&R systems. Brandon is the current president of Bradley’s ASHRAE Student Chapter. As a STEM volunteer, Brandon created a hands-on mini catapult exercise to explain scientific principles to the students. The exercise not only increased the knowledge but also piqued the curiosity of youngsters to learn more. “This program was important because it provided an opportunity for me to use my leadership skills and expose my love for engineering to spark interest in the next generation of students,” Brandon said.

Note: The Scholarship Award presentation, originally scheduled for the April 14 CTTC Meeting and Student Night, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. The Scholarship Award presentation may be rescheduled pending COVID-19 developments.

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Spring Conference

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Inside Illinois Chapter

ASHRAE Selects UI Seitz Lab for Top Tech Award

Among the winners of ASHRAE’s 2020 Technology Awards featured in the March issue of the ASHRAE Journal is the University of Illinois Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. The First-Place project is designed by Illinois ASHRAE members Chad Luning, P.E., Michael McDermott and David Nelson. The three Grumman/Butkus Associates engineers designed an energy-efficient system that replaced over a dozen air handling units with two central dual-path, low velocity AHUs — and replaced 60 lab exhaust fans with three high-plume fans. It is a combination with an estimated $500,000 annual savings in energy costs. This is the same project that received an Illinois Chapter Tech Award in 2018. We congratulate all once again! For project details


Engineers Week Honors Students, Pioneer Orthopedic Surgeon

Chicagoland’s Engineers Week culminated with the Washington Awards Dinner on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The large gathering, sponsored by prominent firms, manufacturers and professional societies including the Illinois ASHRAE, began with a Grand Ballroom reception and dinner. It was served up with a large helping of recognition as teams of primary and secondary students passed by the stage to accept awards for their science projects. The distinguished Washington Award this year was bestowed upon Dr. Richard Berger, M.D. for his pioneering work to further minimally invasive hip and knee replacements. An MIT-educated mechanical engineer before pursuing the medical field, Dr. Berger has designed gender-specific implants that fit and perform better. He credited his engineering studies with providing him with a unique understanding of the mechanics of the human body from which to design his innovative surgical procedure, which sends transplant recipients home the same day as they receive their new implants.

Representing the Illinois Chapter at the dinner were Secretary Chris Keip, CTTC Chair Liz Zakelj and Chapter Office Mgr. Don Doherty.

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Women in ASHRAE

Learn to Weld, Braze or Fabricate at Hands-On WIA Event

The Women in ASHRAE (WIA) are arranging an afternoon of hands-on, practical learning at Premier Mechanical and CT Mechanical in suburban Addison, IL on Thursday, May 28, 1-5 p.m. Join in or simply watch working demonstrations of welding, brazing, soldering, joining pipe and ductwork fabrication. See how your decisions as a designer affect the pricing on a job, comparing different installation and construction techniques from the mechanical contractor’s perspective.

There is no charge to attend and depending on who participates shared transportation may be arranged for those who need it. Please RSVP to Nancy Kohout at [email protected] with WIA in the subject line.

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ASHRAE Society Update

ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo Turnout

ASHRAE concluded a successful 2020 Winter Conference and AHR Expo, held February 1-5 in Orlando, Fla. The conference attracted nearly 2,800 engineers, architects, contractors, students and other industry professionals.

The Winter Conference technical program featured more than 300 presentations, with interest surrounding this year’s new track, Big Data and Smart Controls, where session topics included smart sensor technologies, occupant behavior in buildings and cost-based control of supply air temperature.

The AHR Expo offered more than 1,900 exhibitors, with 300 companies exhibiting for the first time. The three-day show occupying 506,000 net square feet of exhibit space, attracted visitors from more than 160 countries.

The plenary session drew more than 1,000 people and provided a forum for the presentation of awards to experienced and emerging leaders in the industry. Keynote speaker Ed Hochuli, retired Head Referee in the National Football League, closed the session with an empowering presentation on being successful at any job.

The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference is planned for June 27- July 1 in Austin, Texas. The 2021 Winter Conference will meet Jan. 23-27, and the AHR Expo, Jan. 25-27, in Chicago.


Registration Open for ASHRAE Learning Institute's Spring Online Course Series

Registration is now open for the 2020 Spring online instructor-led course series from the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI). The 11 online offerings, including three new courses, run from April through June. The following is the full schedule of offerings:

21 Apr 2020 – New! Principles of Building Commissioning: ASHRAE Guideline 0 and Standard 202

23 Apr 2020 – Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Applications: Best Practices (Energy Saving Practices)

30 Apr 2020 – Variable Refrigerant Flow System: Design and Applications

05 May 2020 – Updated! Latest in High-Performance Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS)

07 May 2020 – Solar PV and Thermal Systems Analysis and Design

13 May 2020 – Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems

14 May 2020 New!V in HVAC – What, Why, Where, How and How Much

21 May 2020 – Humidity Control I: Design Tips and Traps, IAQ Practices

26 May 2020 – Updated! Save 40% by Complying with Standard 90.1-2019

02 Jun 2020 New!Designing for Cold Climates

09 Jun 2020 – Successfully Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Using ASHRAE Standard 188

To register, visit the

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