Thermos Newsletter – February 2016

Letter from the President

We’re closing in on the end of the 2015-16 ASHRAE season. The February chapter meeting will be the final “regular” meeting, followed by tour night in March, and awards night in April. Of course, we’ll also have the ASHRAE Annual Meeting here in St. Louis June 25-29 this year.

We’re excited to see the scholarship applications this year. We have the strongest student chapter activity I’ve seen since joining the Chapter Board. In addition to the usual high-level of engagement from the SIU-E and MS&T, we finally have a stable student chapter at MU. Again, thanks goes to Danny McGrail and his predecessors in the Student Activities Committee.

The Board has begun discussions regarding replacement of the Chapter By-Laws with the most current version acceptable to Society. We anticipate approving the new By-Laws before the end of the 2015-16 season. The biggest change: a requirement to maintain a Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee. Start thinking about joining the new committee by learning more at:

Welcome to the New Members!
  • Mauro Fraschini – McClure Engineering
  • Alex Oliver – Cannon Design
  • Robert Rizen – Air Conveyor Treatment Services
  • Jay Werner – Energy Systems Group
  • Keith Esarey – McClure Engineering
  • Marcus Eckstein – G&W Engineering Corp
  • Kyle Griffin – McClure Engineering
  • John Klein – Aedifica Case Engineering
  • Ely Laberge – McClure Engineering
  • Jeffrey Scott Linderer – Dynamic Controls, Inc.
  • Chung-Lung Chen – University of Missouri
  • Andrew Jones – TME, LLC
  • Gary Boyet
  • Francis Greg Slack – CW Boiler Supply, Inc.
  • Ethan Schmitt – SSC Engineering
  • Kelsey Staggs – US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Michael Hoff – Faith Group, LLC
  • Jason Riggs – Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers

Board Member Highlight: Annie Smith

Annie Smith
Annie Smith, Chapter Historian, Mechanical Engineer, Ross & Baruzzini
You’re invited to the “Chardonnay Bill” ASHRAE After Party in St. Louis!
  • Saturday, June 25
  • 9pm-1am
  • Thaxton Speakeasy
Stephen Duda Receives George B. Hightower Award
Session Monitors at Summer Conference
St. Louis ASHRAE and SIUE Students Partner for Sustainability Project
HVAC Design Training
January Meeting Features “R in ASHRAE”

The Chapter met for two presentations in January surrounding the “R in ASHRAE” theme. First, Tom Mathews presented on “Refrigeration 401” and provided a summary of opportunities to improve energy efficiency for refrigeration systems, as well as an in-depth review regarding the effects of system components and selection in refrigeration design. Then, Keilly Witman presented on “What to Expect from an EPA Inspection,” which included probable causes and outcomes of an EPA inspection for refrigeration systems. She also talked about the importance of refrigerant management and accurate record keeping for the legal impacts of these inspections. Thank you to both presenters!

Enter your project for the Technology Awards today!


  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial & Process
  • Public Assembly
  • Residential

Submit the 2-page form by March 4, 2016 to Chad Adler (!

YEA Event: EWB Trivia Night – YEA Table
  • March 4th at 6:30pm
  • Games begin at 7:30pm
  • SLU Busch Center
  • BYOB and bring your own snacks

Women in ASHRAE Event: Happy Hour
  • February 18th at 6pm
  • Paul Mineo’s Trattoria
  • Discussion Topic: Retention of women in engineering

History Update

Our Chapter Historian, Annie Smith, is making progress in digitizing our historical files. These can be accessed via our website here going forward. We have recently recycled a good portion of old texts that no longer have use in industry or historical value. Certain memorabilia that cannot be digitized will be kept and stored properly as well. If you would like to be involved in our Chapter’s history efforts, email

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