ASHRAE Recognizes Members for Outstanding Industry and Society Achievements

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2016 – Fifty-four people were recognized for their contributions to ASHRAE and the industry at the Society’s 2016 Winter Conference, Jan. 23-27, Orlando, Fla.

The F. Paul Anderson Award, ASHRAE’s highest for technical achievement, is given for notable achievement of outstanding services performed in the HVAC&R field. The recipient is Presidential Member Thomas E. Watson, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, director of the Daikin Learning Institution, Daikin Applied, Staunton, Virginia.

The ASHRAE Hall of Fame honors deceased members of the Society who have made milestone contributions to the growth of ASHRAE-related technology or the development of ASHRAE as a society. Inductees are Calvin D. MacCracken, who with more than 200 inventions and 80 patents is best known for his pioneering work in off peak cooling energy costs savings and energy conserving options in ice rinks. His inventions include flexible duct heating/cooling, a roller-type hot dog cooker, comfort controls for the Apollo astronauts’ space suits, plastic mat ice rink, and roll-out solar collectors; and John Edwin Starr, a pioneer in development of small sized refrigeration systems and refrigeration by pipeline from central stations, as well as founder and the first president of The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE), an ASHRAE predecessor society, in 1904-05.

Fellow ASHRAE is a membership grade that recognizes members who have attained distinction and made substantial contributions in HVAC&R such as education, research, engineering design and consultation, publications and mentoring. The Society elevated 17 members to the grade of Fellow:

  • Peter R. Armstrong, Ph.D., P.E., Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • Clive Broadbent, C.P.Eng., Life Member, director, Clive Broadbent and Associates Pty. Ltd., Campbell Australian Capital, Australia.
  • Wan Ki Chow, Ph.D., C.Eng., R.P.E., chair professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering, Department of Building Services Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.
  • Suhas D. Deshpande, principal consultant, S.D. Deshpande Consulting Engineers, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
  • William D. Gerstler, Ph.D., senior mechanical engineer, General Electric-Global Research, Niskayuna, New York.
  • Kristin Heinemeier, Ph.D., P.E., principal engineer, Energy Efficiency Center, University of California, Davis.
  • Marisa Jimenez de Segovia, president, Air-Care de Mexico, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  • Kishor Khankari, Ph.D., president, AnSight LLC., Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Kwang Woo Kim, Ph.D., P.E., a professor, Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Dennis R. Landsberg, Ph.D., P.E., Life Member, BEAP, president, L&S Energy Services Inc., Clifton Park, New York, and Henderson, Nevada.
  • Patrick C. Marks, P.E., an engineering manager, Johnson Controls, York, Pennsylvania.
  • John A. Murphy, an applications engineer, Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • Riyaz A. Papar, P.E., director, Global Energy Services, Hudson Technologies Co.
  • Andy Pearson, Ph.D., C.Eng., group engineering director, Star Refrigeration LTD., Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • Mukund Sudhakar Ranade, a self-employed professional consultant, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
  • Mick Schwedler, P.E., an applications engineering manager, Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • Om Taneja, Ph.D., P.E., an independent consultant, Associated Inspections and Consulting Engineers, Kendell Park, New Jersey.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by ASHRAE members who have successfully applied innovative building design. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality and serve to communicate innovative systems design. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards. First place recipients are:

  • Benjamin A. Skelton, P.E., BEMP, president, Cyclone Energy Group, Chicago, Ill., in the new commercial buildings category for the Walgreens Net Zero Store, Evanston, Ill. The building is owned by Walgreen Co.
  • Dylan T. Connelly, associate, Integral Group, Oakland, Calif., in the existing commercial buildings category for DPR Construction’s San Francisco Net Positive Energy Office. The building is owned by DPR Construction.
  • Nicolas Lemire, Ing., HFDP, president/principal, Pageau Morel and Associates, Montreal, Quebec, in the new educational facilities category for the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building at John Abbott College, Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, Quebec. The building is owned by the college.
  • Ken Warren, P.E., capital project manager, Port of Seattle (Wash.), in the new industrial facilities or processes category for the Sea-Tac Airport Pre-Conditioned Air project. The building is owned by the Port of Seattle.
  • Jonathan M. Heller, P.E., principal engineer, Ecotope Inc., Seattle, Wash., receives first place in the residential category for the Stack House Apartments. The building is owned by Stack House Acquisition LLC.

The ASHRAE Student Design Competition focused on a three-story classroom and office building in Doha, Qatar.

First place recipients in the HVAC System Selection are from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Team members are Brianna Brass, currently seeking a Master’s of Architectural Engineering degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Matthew Easlon, Feinschule Hagwon, Gwangju, Korea; Mary Kleinsasser, currently seeking a Master’s of Architectural Engineering degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ben MacKenzie, mechanical engineering intern, Affiliated Engineers, Madison, Wis.; and Rachel Obenland, currently seeking a Master’s of Architectural Engineering degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

First place recipients in the HVAC Design Calculations also are from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Team members are Kristin Hanna, currently seeking a Master’s of Architectural Engineering degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Garrett Johnson; Mark Wilder, mechanical intern, M.E. Group, Omaha, Neb.

First place in the category of Integrated Sustainable Building Design goes to a team from Portland State University. Team members are Krestina Aziz, architectural designer, Otak, Portland, Ore.; Adam Buchholz, estimator, Johnson Air Products, Portland, Ore.; Nicole Dunbar, mechanical designer, Mazzetti Inc., Portland, Ore.; Lee H. Han, mechanical engineer, PAE Consulting Engineers Inc., Seattle, Wash.; Joel Joiner, project manager, Hydro-Temp Mechanical, Wilsonville, Ore.; Osman Sarper Kucuk; Blake Reynolds, mechanical designer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.; Natalie Sherwood, mechanical designer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.; Huy Tran, CLEARResult, Portland, Ore.; and Alex Wilson, graduate student, Portland State University.

For the Applied Engineering Challenge, students were required to design a collapsible portable conditioned shelter that can be assembled in the field to assist in the treatment of a victim of heat illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The first place Applied Engineering Challenge recipients are from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Miren Aizpitarte, project engineer, Critchfield Mechanical Inc., San Jose, Calif.; Cinthya Mendez, mechanical engineer, Western Allied Mechanical, Menlo Park, Calif.; Julia Stone, mechanical facilities engineer, Intel, Chandler, Ariz.; and Willis Tang, design engineer, ACCO Engineered Systems, Glendale, Calif.

The E.K. Campbell Award of Merit honors an individual for outstanding service and achievement in teaching and is presented by the Life Members Club. The recipient is Michael M. Ohadi, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, a professor of mechanical engineering and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

The ASHRAE Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes members who have performed outstanding public service in their community and, in doing so, have helped to improve the public image of the engineer. The recipient is Erich Binder, president, Erich Binder Consulting Ltd., Calgary, Alberta.

The John F. James International Award recognizes a member who has done the most to enhance the Society’s international presence. The recipient is Florentino Roson Rodriguez, Ing., president, Supercontrols S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The ASHRAE Pioneers of Industry Award recognizes deceased individuals who have made milestone contributions to the growth of HVAC&R. Recipients are Daniel Livingston Holden (1837- 1924), who was a charter member of The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers and a pioneer of the commercial refrigeration industry.; and Benjamin Franklin Sturtevant (1833 – 1890), the founder of the air-side HVAC industry, having invented the equipment and starting the first company specializing in engineering and manufacturing of these systems.

Honorary Members, elected by the Board of Directors are defined as notable persons of preeminent professional distinction. Recipients are P.A. Hancock, Ph.D., Provost Distinguished Research Professor, Pegasos Professor and University Trustee chair, the University of Central Florida, Orlando; and Terry M. Manon, who retired from the Trane Co., in 2009 as director of Trane commercial systems air handling systems. He resides in Danville, Kentucky.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.