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:


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