St. Louis ASHRAE Polo’s: Fundraiser for Research Promotion (RP)

This year the St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter will offer polo’s to RP Donors!

If repeat donors increase their 2014-2015 donation by $50 (minimum $150 donation), they will be offered a polo.

First time donors will be offered a polo if they make a minimum $100 donation.

Men’s and Women’s polo’s will be available. They are Nike Performance polo’s made with Dri-Fit material and are embroidered with the St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter logo. The polo’s will be offered in four (4) different colors:

  • BLACK with GREEN embroidery
  • WHITE with NAVY BLUE embroidery
  • BLUE with GREEN embroidery
  • NAVY BLUE with WHITE embroidery


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If you’re interested in receiving a polo shirt, be sure to attend our Chapter Meeting on October 12th! We’ll present the polo’s and start to accept donations. If you are not able to attend this meeting, contact our RP Chair, Jessica Mangler at

Potential Women in Engineering (WiE) Group Within ASHRAE

St. Louis ASHRAE is reaching out to see if there is general interest in forming a “Women in Engineering” affinity group in St. Louis.

The mission statement is:

The focus of the Women in Engineering group within ASHRAE is to facilitate the retention of women working in the built environment by encouraging opportunities for professional development, expanding leadership skills, and creating a network of women supporting women.

There are several other Women in Engineering (WiE) affinity groups within ASHRAE Society. These WiE groups also work with organizations such as IES, IEEE, etc. These WiE groups have quarterly happy hours, networking events, and foster mentoring relationships.

Additional details about a potential WiE affinity group are listed below:

  • The primary focus of the group will be the retention of women in the engineering industry.
  • This group targets female engineers working in the built environment.
  • This group will differ from Society of Women Engineers (SWE), because it focuses on women currently working in the industry rather than solely on encouraging women to work in an engineering field.
  • This group will also differ from SWE because it is targeted for college graduates only.
  • At the ASHRAE Annual Meeting in Atlanta, a Presidential ad-hoc committee was formed to explore the more permanent existence of a WiE affinity group within ASHRAE Society.
  • More information can found at the WiE ASHRAE – Women in Engineering Facebook page.

In addition to looking for general interest in forming a “Women in Engineering” affinity group in St. Louis, we are also looking for 1-2 people to co-chair the group. Responsibilities would include organizing events and sending out email announcements. The St. Louis ASHRAE Board of Governors will help get the group started and provide support as needed. Many additional resources would be available, including contacts at other WiE groups within ASHRAE.

So if you’re interested in being involved, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Attend the kickoff gathering at Bonefish Grill in Brentwood on October 29th at 6pm!
  2. Email us at and let us know how you would like to be involved! Do you want to help lead the group? Do you just want this group to exist so you can regularly attend events?
  3. If this group exists, what type of events would you like to see? How regularly do you think events should be held?
  4. What other resources would you want to get out of the group?
  5. Also, pass the word along! Forward this information to any friends and co-workers you think might be interested.

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Thermos Newsletter – September 2015

Letter from the President

I can’t believe September is here already. It’s time to kick off our ASHRAE season with our first official chapter meeting on 9/21, where we’ll honor our chapter’s past presidents. As always, past presidents are invited to this meeting free of charge. We’ll also present a special honor to our most recent past president, Bob Jones. For the members of our chapter in the early part of their career, I recommend introducing yourself to one of our past presidents. These folks have all demonstrated a special commitment to ASHRAE and our local industry. We’re all well served by learning from their experience.

We’re welcoming a new student chapter this fall at MU. Thanks to Danny McGrail, our current Student Activities chair, for promoting ASHRAE at MU and organizing a new chapter to help bring new talent to our region.

Make your reservation for the chapter meeting today. We have a special guest, Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., LEED AP, speaking during our meeting. As a designated lecturer, and former Vice President and Director at Large of ASHRAE at a society level, we’re privileged to hear her speak on the NREL Research Facility.

Chapter News

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Meeting!
YEA Grill Masters Event a Delicious Hit
University of Missouri Student Chapter Reestablished

The Chapter has sponsored the University of Missouri’s application to reestablish its chapter. The requirements are 10 student petitioners, completion of application paperwork. We are excited for the application to be approved so that the students can begin receiving the benefits of student membership (access to scholarships, grants, and technical material).

My LeaDRS Experience
ASHRAE St. Louis Goes Social

ASHRAE St. Louis is on Facebook and Twitter! Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages and follow us for the latest information!

Board Member Highlight: Dan Krack
Previous Meeting News: August Meeting – Effects of LEEDv4 and New Energy Code on Certification
Research Promotion Bill Coad Fund
New Committee: Honors & Awards

The Chapter now has a Honors & Awards Committee! Recognizing deserving chapter members for their involvement in the local industry and in the St. Louis Chapter is a critical piece of our success. For more information about H&A, check out their page. The committee Chair is Steve Duda. If you’re interested in being involved with the Honors & Awards Committee, please email

Kirk Mescher, 1956 – 2015
Industry News

Project Sunroof: Mapping the Planet’s Solar Energy Potential, One Rooftop at a Time
IKEA First Major US Retailer to Only Sell LED Bulbs and Lighting
Solar Power Takes Giant Strides as Prices Fall
The Abandoned Mine That’s Being Transformed into a Datacenter
ORNL-Developed Building Efficiency Software Now Available

Product Directory Update

2015 Product Directories will be distributed at the September Chapter Meeting! If you can’t make the meeting but want a copy of the directory, email Jessica Mangler at Don’t forget, the Product Directory can also be accessed online at:

Connect with us!

ASHRAE-STL is on Twitter (@ASHRAESTL) and Facebook! We update these pages so you can stay informed quickly and conveniently.

Contributions to the Thermos

Want to contribute? Write to us! We endeavor to bring you the latest chapter news, event updates, industry news, and other awesome information, but we’re always looking for ways to make it better. Email us at what you’d like in the newsletter, and we’ll see if we can make it happen.

My LeaDRS Experience

Yes, the title is spelled how it should be.

This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the ASHRAE Summer Meeting in Atlanta as a LeaDRS participant. LeaDRS (Leadership Development through Regional Support) is a program that encourages the development of future regional and Society leaders. Because of this program, I was able to shadow the Director and Regional Chair (DRC) for Region VI, Mark Miller, at the conference and get a behind-the-scenes look at an ASHRAE conference.

This was my first time attending a conference, and all the LeaDRS shadow activities, technical sessions, and technical committee meetings kept me very busy! It was a little stressful at times, but a lot of fun. I was able to meet a lot of interesting new faces and make connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise without the LeaDRS program.

I learned a lot, namely that there is a lot of hard work that goes into making ASHRAE such a great organization. There are so many standing committees, technical committees, and board members that do work outside of what a normal conference-goer sees. There are people that have been involved in ASHRAE for decades and have spent a lot of their personal time and effort making the organization and our industry better for it. The whole experience really opened my eyes to how ASHRAE is truly a global organization.

I would highly recommend any ASHRAE member looking to further their involvement, potentially at the regional or Society level, to apply for the LeaDRS program. This is a great program and it would be awesome if another St. Louis chapter member represented our region!

Also, watch the Ross & Baruzzini blog  for a more in-depth look at my experience!

Cheers, Annie

Annie Smith is a Mechanical Engineer at Ross & Baruzzini and provides energy modeling, mechanical systems design, and energy auditing. She serves as Chapter Historian and Newsletter Editor.

August Meeting: Effects of LEEDv4 and New Energy Code on Certification

The Chapter’s traditional joint meeting with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter was held this past August to kick of the new ASHRAE year. The topic was suitably chosen to appeal to both ASHRAE and USGBC audiences.

Scott Bowman joined us to present on “Code Dread: Keeping Up with ASHRAE and LEED.” The presentation looked 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 standards’ effects on energy savings and LEED certification.

Scott_Bowman, speaker at August 2015 Meeting

Scott Bowman, speaker at August 2015 Meeting

Scott used the analogy of legos. We were given the same number and shapes of legos to build a building with, and all the different creations were displayed on the stage. This was to illustrate that, given the same tools (the same quantities of the same shapes of legos), we all created different things.

Scott is a licensed professional engineer and LEED Fellow, and has retired from his position as Principal and Corporate Sustainability Leader with KJWW, a multi-discipline engineering consulting firm of over 500 people, as of June 2014. He speaks regularly on sustainability at regional and national conferences and provides regular training on multiple subjects. He is also president of the Iowa USGBC chapter and dual member of the Idaho chapter. Scott is an avid Lego-lover and Twitter user (follow him @ScottBLEGO).