Thermos Newsletter – March 2016

Letter from the President

The 2015-16 season is nearly complete, but the next few months will be busy! Major upcoming events include:

  • Golf Tournament – May 16th
  • Chapter Annual Meeting – April 18th
  • CRC in Madison – April 28-30
  • ASHRAE Annual Meeting in St. Louis – June 25-29

The final chapter meeting of the season will be April 18th. During our Annual Meeting, we’ll install our 2016-17 officers, recognize this year’s technology award winners, and give scholarship awards. If last year is any indication, this will be a popular event! Watch the website for more news.

The golf tournament is coming up in May as well. Watch the website for more details to come. The invitations to past teams should already be in motion. We hope to see another fantastic turn-out.

Consider attending CRC in Madison, WI this year. We’ll be at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center in Madison April 28th-30th. We strongly encourage all board members and committee chairs to attend, as well as anybody in the chapter who would like to expand their involvement in ASHRAE. It’s always a tremendous educational and networking opportunity. Link:

Finally, we’re nearing the ASHRAE Annual Meeting, June 25th-29th. This is a big one for our chapter. Vinny and team have been working for the last couple years to make this possible, and they’re going to knock it out of the park. Make sure to plan early to attend. This is a major event and a rare opportunity for our chapter. Link:

Save the Date! Awards Night is April 18th!
  • When: 5:30 -9pm, Monday April 18th
  • Where: Moulin Events (Vin de Set) at 2017 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63103
  • We will presenting the Technology Awards for this past year, handing out Scholarships, installing next year’s officers, and hearing from our Student Chapters from MST and SIUE on their Design Competitions.

Research Promotion Update
St. Louis Chapter Members Receive Society Awards
Welcome to the New Members!
  • Kevin Guinan – Trane
  • Gerald Jones – Crawford Murphy & Tilly Inc
  • Travis Pyatt – Victaulic
  • Yalew Kesate Berhan – Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC
  • Dan Harrington – Architectural Design Guild
  • Steve Cornish – Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Kevin Kaufman – University of Missouri  Columbia
  • Nick Allen – McClure Engineering
  • Eric Shapiro
YEA Group Events

The Young Engineers in ASHRAE group participated in a trivia night in February to benefit Engineers Without Borders. There was good enough attendance to support two tables and everyone had a good time, even though we didn’t come close to winning. The March happy hour at Nick’s Pub in Dogtown was a success with friendly games of pool in the upstairs bar, as well as delicious beer pretzels and beverages.

Golf Tournament Coming Up

The 30th annual St. Louis ASHRAE Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held once again on Monday May 16th at the Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in East Alton Illinois. This annual tournament is the primary source of income for the scholarships that are awarded each year. Last years scholarships totaled over $8000, and we hope to do the same this year. Save the date and start getting your foursome together now! For more information, contact Committee Chairman Brian Ingenthron at 314-963-0057.

Session Monitors at Summer Conference
HVAC Design Training
Board Member Highlight: Stephen Duda
Chapter and Regional Conference Coming Up

This year’s CRC will be held in Madison, Wisconsin and hosted by the Madison Chapter on Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30, with multiple technical speakers and a great location – just off the capitol square, overlooking one of the Madison lakes at the Monona Terrace. There will be a Welcome Party Thursday night at the Madison Children’s Museum within walking distance of the hotel, Monona Terrace, and many great sights. For more information, check out the website and register here:

SIUC Student Chapter Receives Research Grant

Congratulations go to the student chapter at SIUC for receiving one of ASHRAE’s Senior Undergraduate Project grants. Dr. Emmanuel Nsofor will serve as faculty advisor in the Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes department. The project will research “Solar Energy PCM Storage Combined with Solar-Powered Water Purification.” The goal is for a group of senior students to design and construct this system which will be used to demonstrate how the problem of providing energy and adequate clean water for enhancing the lives of people in many parts of the world can be solved. Research will take place August 2016 to July 2017 and will be tied to a senior design course and in the long-term, will serve as a teaching tool for many years going forward, impacting about 300 students per semester.

2016 Annual Conference in St. Louis

The next ASHRAE conference will be in St. Louis! Join us for a multi-day jam-packed conference full of technical sessions and committee meetings. Social events include a Plenary Session featuring Chef Jeff Henderson, renowned celebrity chef and TV star, a Welcome Party at the Missouri History Museum, an after-party at the Thaxton to raise funds for Research Promotion, and Members’ Night Out featuring Push the Limit Band, voted #1 Party Band in St. Louis!

Sustainability Project

A big thank you to GRP Mechanical Company and Dan Dotson for being the contractor on the Sustainability Project to renovate the Chappee Cottage at Beverly Farm, a home to nearly 400 people who live with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Read more here:


Previous Meeting News

2016-02-18 WiA Happy Hour

Industry News

Seattle will require big building ‘tune-ups’

The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition Files Antidumping Duty Petition Against R-134a from China

MIT researchers create citywide building energy model for Boston

MIT researchers turn waste gas into liquid fuel

Join us at the conference in St. Louis this summer!
Join us at the conference in St. Louis this summer!

Previous Meeting News

The February meeting featured Jeff Boldt, who presented on “Hydronics 101” and “Understanding ASHRAE Standard 188 and Engineering Keys to Legionella Control.” Jeff is a Principal and Director of Engineering at KJWW Engineering. He’s a licensed engineer with over 30 years of experience in mechanical, fire protection, and acoustical design. Jeff is a voting member of ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standard and chairs the working groups concerned with Hydronics, Elevators/Escalators, and Duct System Leakage. He has also watched, catalogued, and rated every ASHRAE summer and winter meeting seminar since 2004 (

Jeff Boldt, Presenter at January Meeting, with Jeff Henderson
Jeff Boldt, Presenter at January Meeting at left, with Jeff Henderson, right

The March meeting featured a tour of the St. Louis Central Public Library in the downtown neighborhood at 1301 Olive Street. The tour included multiple stops and representatives from William Tao & Associates, who served as the MEP engineer of record, were available to provide project overviews and highlight some of the technical aspects of the historic renovation. Additional information was provided concerning the energy efficient design and the lessons learned when working in a historic building.

Tour Night at the St. Louis Central Public Library
Tour Night at the St. Louis Central Public Library
Tour Night at the St. Louis Central Public Library

Thank you to all our presenters and for the great tour!

St. Louis Chapter Members Receive Society Awards

Stephen Duda, the ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter Honors & Awards Chair, is pleased to announce that two St. Louis Chapter members are being honored by ASHRAE with the Distinguished Service Award.  This award recognizes members who have served ASHRAE faithfully as a member of committees at the Society level, or otherwise giving freely of his/her time and talent on behalf of the Society.  It is a lifetime cumulative-points based award.  The honorees have already received their lapel pin, and will be presented with a plaque by ASHRAE President David Underwood at a ceremony in St. Louis on June 25, 2016 in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Conference.  The honorees are:

Robert A. Jones — Robert’s service includes all of the chapter officer positions in St. Louis, including our most recent chapter past-President. He has numerous years of service on three Standards Project Committees (Standards 17, 153, and 158) and two Technical Committees (8.08 and 10.03) at the Society level, including several years as a Committee Chair.

Charles (“Chuck”) Dale-Derks — Chucks’ service includes all of the chapter officer positions in St. Louis, including chapter President. He has numerous years of service on two Standards Project Committees (Standards 166 & 180) and three Technical Committees (1.06, 7.03, and 7.08) including several years as a Committee Chair, plus service to Society on the Nominating Committee and as Regional Vice-Chair for Chapter Programs.

In addition, Jessica Mangler will also be awarded the 2016 Lincoln Bouillon Award for her work in membership development during the 2014-2015 Society year. The award consists of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation to the Society’s Annual Conference. The award is based on the recommendation of the Membership Promotion Committee and approval of the Honors and Awards Committee. The award was established in memory of ASHRAE’s late past President, Lincoln Bouillon, who believed that Society membership was an integral part of the life of every person associated with the air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration fields. Presentation of her award will be at the Plenary Session on June 25 at 3:15pm.

Please join us in congratulating these deserving award recipients.

Research Promotion Update

We’re a little over halfway through the ASHRAE Society year and we’ve reached 44% of our Research Promotion (RP) goal. So far, we have raised over $12,300, and our goal is $28,000. So ASHRAE and the St. Louis Chapter still needs your help!

In the next month, the RP Committee will be sending letters and making phone calls to past donors in our Chapter. We’ll also be sending out donor recognition gifts to last year’s RP donors, so keep an eye on your mailboxes!

Why should you donate to RP? Your donation not only supports ASHRAE’s Research Program, Handbook series, technical programs, standards, and special publications, it can benefit you!

There are two ways you can donate to ASHRAE Research Promotion:

  1.  Credit/Debit Card payments can be made through ASHRAE RP’s website:
  2.  Check payments can be made by mailing a check to ASHRAE. Please make your check out to ‘ASHRAE RP’ and mail to the following address:
Attn: Patricia Adelmann
1791 Tullie Circle
Atlanta, GA 30329

If you haven’t already heard, this year the St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter is offering polos 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 (sizes XS thru 3XL) and Women’s (sizes XS thru XXL) polos are available. They are Nike Performance polos made with Dri-Fit material and are embroidered with the St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter logo. The polos are offered in four (4) different colors:

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

To take advantage of the polo promotion, please make an RP donation in accordance with your previous RP donations (contact Jessica Mangler if you need help figuring out this number). Once you’ve made your donation, email Jessica Mangler at a copy of the receipt of your donation and your first two (2) preferences for size and color of polo.

Thank you in advance of your support of ASHRAE!

Board Member Highlight: Stephen Duda

Stephen serves as our Honors & Awards Chair. Read more about him here!

Honors & Awards Chair, Stephen Duda

Honors & Awards Chair, Stephen Duda

  1. Name:  Stephen Duda
  2. Company and Position: Senior Mechanical Engineer at Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.
  3. What does your company do/provide? Ross & Baruzzini provides consulting and design services in architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, communications, and related fields. We were founded in 1953 by the late Donald Ross who held a PhD in industrial engineering, adding Joseph Baruzzini as the mechanical principal in 1961. Our HVAC practice spans Higher Education, Healthcare, Government, and Mission Critical markets.
  4. How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? I have been in this industry since 1985 and with Ross & Baruzzini since 1996.
  5. How did you come to work in your field? The mechanical engineering program at my alma mater, the University of Dayton, groomed most of its graduates for a career in manufacturing and in particular, aerospace or defense industries. That did not interest me and I didn’t even interview with those types of companies. Instead, my father was employed as an engineer for a general contractor and he suggested I might like a career as a consulting engineer for a design firm, and he was right.
  6. What is your main job function? What are you responsible for? I provide HVAC planning and consulting, system design and analysis, equipment selection, specification writing, and construction administration.  I am responsible for technical leadership of mechanical staff and for establishing and maintaining high technical standards throughout the firm.
  7. What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? I think one of the biggest challenges all of us in the consulting engineering industry face is succession. With some important exceptions, not too many university engineering programs emphasize building services engineering or engineering consulting. We need to get the word out about our variety and diversity of challenges, and the importance of what we do on a daily basis, to better attract more of the smartest and most talented young engineers for the long-term health of our profession.
  8. What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? The best thing about being a consulting engineer is the variety. I get to work on so many different types of projects, each offering its own set of challenges. We directly impact patient outcomes in health care, for example, and directly impact energy consumption and therefore global climate change. We never see the same project twice, and consequently I have never stopped learning new things.
  9. What’s your least favorite thing about working in this industry? Many of our clients and projects are out-of-town and require travel. So I would say the least favorite thing about my job are the travel delays, flight cancellations without explanation, missed connections, bad weather, and the feeling that few in the airline industry seem to care that they didn’t get me to my destination until 3 am when I have a 7 am meeting.
  10. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? I am a columnist for ASHRAE Journal in the Engineer’s Notebook series. There are four of us who write that column on a rotating basis, so my turn comes up three times per year. I recently finished a 12-year term on Standard 15 and a 4-year term on the Technical Activities Committee. I continue to serve on four Technical Committees: TC 2.07 (Seismic and Wind Restraint Design), TC 4.03 (Ventilation and Infiltration), TC 8.02 (Centrifugal Chillers), and TC 9.01 (Large Building Air-Conditioning Systems) where I was once the Chair.
  11. What is your responsibility on the Board? I am the Honors & Awards chair for the St. Louis Chapter, responsible for identifying and nominating deserving candidates for ASHRAE’s various awards. And I am on the host committee for the 2016 Annual Conference.
  12. What advice would you give someone just graduating college and starting in the HVAC world? I would tell them that good people skills – written and oral communication, a friendly manner, an ease of genuine conversation, attention to a customer’s needs, and simply being likeable – matters as much as solid technical skills. Our customers have a choice of firms to work with, and if technical competence is more-or-less equal, they will choose to work with people they like.
  13. What’s something you’ve learned through your involvement in ASHRAE? Being involved on the technical committees has given me direct access to the very top levels of our industry – the top applications experts from equipment manufacturers, the seismic gurus, the people who write the handbooks and directly influence codes and standards. Because of my committee participation, those people know me – in fact, we’ve become friends – and this allows me to call them directly when I am stuck on an issue or experience a unique design challenge.
  14. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? I decided to become involved at the national level as a way of staying current with a quickly-changing HVAC landscape, to see what trends were developing, and to never stop learning. I suppose I didn’t want my only source of professional development to be sales vendor-sponsor seminars (no offense intended; those are important too) and so I was attracted to ASHRAE’s non-commercial systems-based approach to technical growth.
  15. Name one person who has been a mentor or an inspiration to you in your life. Tell me about how they influenced you. When my daughters were ages 7 and 10, I became a single father. My daughters quickly became my primary inspiration in life, forcing me to truly understand what work/life balance really means, seeing the world through their eyes; and for the first time, understanding how they put their faith in me completely and I couldn’t let them down. I became a much better father than I ever would have been otherwise, and although they have grown up, they still inspire me to be a person they can be proud of.
  16. Do you have a favorite sport or team? I am a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan specifically, and a fan of the game of baseball in general.
  17. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? I grew up with 1970s rock-n-roll, and I am still partial to music of that era – especially The Eagles, Bob Seger, Steely Dan, and many of the “hair bands” of that era.
  18. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? Road trips – I am re-married and the kids are grown, so my wife and I both really enjoy getting out of town for three or four-day weekend getaways. We visit nearby cities in the Midwest, enjoying their museums and historic sites, sampling their local cuisine, or shopping at some of their antique stores.
  19. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had? My favorite vacation spot is Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; my family and I spend a week there almost every summer. Rehoboth Beach is a page out of an older time, with non-chain lodging & eateries, plus a 1.5-mile boardwalk paralleling a wide white-sand Atlantic Ocean beach. The boardwalk features a mom-and-pop amusement park with carnival rides, arcades, skee-ball and miniature golf; tacky swimsuit, jewelry, and T-shirt shops; a bandstand with nightly entertainment; and a rooftop bar where we can sit in the evening sipping a cocktail while looking out over the moonlit ocean.
  20. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? As I said earlier, my wife and I both enjoy road trips. We will probably make many more of those; some short and some long. We even have an informal plan to someday drive through all 48 contiguous states in one summer-long road trip we call the “48-State Odyssey”, with the proviso that we stop and experience at least one local attraction in every state before coming home. We even have an approximate route roughed out.