Michael is the incoming YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) Chair! Learn more about him below.
Name: Michael Mosbacher
Company and Position: 8760 Engineering / Project Mechanical Engineer
What does your company do/provide? 8760 Engineering is a consulting firm which provides engineering analysis and design services.
How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? I’ve worked at 8760 Engineering my whole professional career starting with an internship in the spring of 2012 and have been full time with the firm since July 2012.
How did you come to work in your field? I’ve always been interested in energy and making things more efficient. I was lucky enough to come across 8760 Engineering my senior year of college and get an internship. I haven’t looked back since.
What is your main job function? What are you responsible for? I primarily work in an assisting role to lead project engineers.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? It’s been a huge challenge to learn about all the different equipment and components that go into a job (the stuff nobody teaches you about in school), but I also fully embrace the challenge and thoroughly enjoy that I get to learn something new every day that I go to work.
What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? I like that there’s no real monotony in the work I do. Every job brings a unique set of challenges to overcome, not matter how similar they may appear at face value.
What’s your least favorite thing about working in this industry? Honestly, that there’s no market in space (yet). Maybe I’ll talk to NASA about retrocommissioning the International Space Station…
What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? I wasn’t overly active in ASHRAE until I started going to the YEA events, but it wasn’t long after my first event that I found myself leading the group. I’m really excited to be more involved and hopefully get other young engineers more involved as well!
What is your responsibility on the Board? As the YEA chair, I am in charge of planning events to engage young engineers with each other in the St. Louis area as well as promote the general St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter among young engineers.
What advice would you give someone just graduating college and starting in the HVAC world? Ask as many questions as possible. Even if you’re not in the HVAC world, there will never be a day that you’re done learning. In the words of Bill Nye (The Science Guy!), “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
What’s something you’ve learned through your involvement in ASHRAE? I’ve learned, through meeting other engineers, that the St. Louis HVAC community is pretty close knit. ASHRAE really serves as a communal engineering support group where engineers are always willing to help other engineers out.
What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? (Either on the board or as a regular member.) After (finally) being able to attend my first YEA happy hour, I immediately wanted to become more involved in the group. Chad has done a great job with YEA, and my goal is to take that great base and push the group to a new level and draw more young engineers into the St. Louis ASHRAE community.
Name one person who has been a mentor or an inspiration to you in your life (does not have to be in ASHRAE or in your professional career). Tell me about how they influenced you. My parents have both been the ultimate role models in my life. They have always taught me to work hard and give back to my community, but constantly remind me to make time for myself, because we all need to take time to relax and have some fun.
Do you have a favorite sport or team? Any team that plays sports in St. Louis I will be a die-hard fan of, but the Cardinals have always been a long time favorite of mine. I hope we get a professional soccer team in the near future though; soccer has always been a favorite sport of mine.
What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is my favorite type of music and Above and Beyond is my favorite group.
What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? Listening to or playing music. I probably have music playing around 10+ hours each day, and I also play the drums and guitar.
Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had? Munich, Germany. This trip was absolutely incredible. Munich is a big city, but feels like you’re walking around an old Bavarian town. I was able to visit the old Olympic village, the BMW factory/museum, and several war memorials, making it an incredibly scenic, educational, and fun trip. It also doesn’t hurt that I love beer, sausage, and pretzels.
When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? I’m not sure what it will be, but I really want to do something related to space. I am just absolutely fascinated with everything to do with space and what’s out there. I’m pretty sure there will be more options of how I can be involved by the time I retire, so maybe what lies ahead for me isn’t even a thing yet?
This course looks at the major changes to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 through the lens of a case study project where energy modeling was used to determine the new standard’s effects on energy savings and LEED certification.
Identify the major changes in ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and why it is important to begin preparing clients for these changes now.
Describe the changes made in ASHRAE 90.1 over the years making for more stringent requirements and an increased need for creative and innovative
Discuss how a LEED-certified building under one version of the standard would not necessarily be certified under a newer version and changes required to maintain the projected energy savings.
Identify how energy modeling can help design firms plan for and reach a project’s energy savings goal with respect to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and LEED v4
Scott Bowman, PE LEED Fellow
Owner – Building Sage
Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
Scott retired as Principal and Corporate Sustainability Leader with KJWW, a multi-discipline engineering consulting firm of over 500 people, in June of 2014. He represents extensive experience in consulting engineering and the built environment. He was involved in most LEED projects (over 130 upon his retirement) for the firm and speaks regularly on sustainability at regional and national conferences and provides regular training on multiple subjects. To further expand his voice in the built environment, Scott formed Integrated Design + Energy Advisors to assist owners and design teams to reach high levels of performance on their projects through many different methods and services. In general, he intends to help projects Start Better; Reach Higher; Finish Strong. He is also president of the Iowa USGBC chapter and dual member of the Idaho chapter. You can learn more and see Scott’s resume at http://www.ideabuildworks.com/assets/downloads/IDEA-Scott_Bowman_Resume.pdf
Bill Belt (b. September 3, 1920 in Topeka, Kansas) passed away on the evening of June 24, 2015 in St. Louis County, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents: Everett Ray Belt, Sr. and Margaret Mae, nee Puckett, his brothers: Everett Ray, Jr, Donald, and Robert, his sister, Betty Johnson, and one son-in-law, Daniel Haberl. He is survived by his wife, Judy St. John Belt, his children: Lida Baker (David), William A. Belt Jr. (Debbie), Marian Newmann (Michael), Elizabeth Haberl, Erin Graziano (John), Heidi Crouch (Jerry), and Kathleen Denney (David), twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and a wide and diverse extended family.
Bill graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, MO in 1937. He was an avid football player during his high school years and took great pleasure in the annual Turkey Day pre-game breakfast for football alumni. He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy as a Machinist’s Mate, 2nd class. Following the war, he attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. For nearly sixty years, Bill worked designing mechanical systems for buildings throughout the St. Louis area, including the waterfall that the train runs behind at the St. Louis Zoo. He served on the St. Louis County Planning Commission in the 1960’s and was a member of The American Society Heating, Refrigerating, Air Conditioning Engineers, ASHRAE. To say Bill was an avid golfer and thoroughly enjoyed the game would be an understatement. He often marshaled for professional tournaments and played in a weekly golf league until his health declined. Please consider making a donation to your favorite charity in his name.
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Letter from the President
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2014-2015 St. Louis Chapter program a success. We had a great year with eight monthly meetings that included two Distinguished Lecturers from Society. We held a one-day seminar on Local District Energy Systems at Higher Education Campuses. And we provided two drink tickets along with each of the meals for the Dinner meetings.
The Chapter will end the year once again in a solid financial state with operational funds at approximately $72,000. The Chapter hosted 8 monthly events, co-hosted 1 event with USGBC, and hosted a Scholarship Golf Outing.
The attendance was up at each of the monthly meetings compared to last year. YEA events, Student Scholarships and Technology Awards were all successful accomplishments of membership participation.
Congratulations to the St. Louis Chapter officers who volunteered and were voted into office starting July 1, 2015. The 2015-2016 Chapter President will be Jim Rosick, Burns and McDonnell. The President – Elect – Program Director will be Chris Swallow, Thermal Mechanics, Inc. The Secretary/Treasurer will be Dan Krack, Precision Water Technologies, Inc. The Vice President – Research Promotion Director will be Jessica Mangler, Ross & Baruzzini. The Director of Membership Promotion – Publications will be Grant Irvine, McClure Engineering. And the new member of the Board of Governors as Director of Attendance & Reception will be Dan Mareschal, Burns and McDonnell.
Again, thank you for your participation and for making my job as the Chapter President an easy one.
Robert A. Jones, PE
Parker Sporlan Division