ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in the Industry

Sixty-six people were recognized for their contributions to the society and the built environment industry at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference, Jan. 24-28, Chicago.

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 Damon Gowan, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, retired president and chief executive officer, EMCOR-Gowan Inc., Houston.

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 Rolla Carpenter, 1852–1919, an author of the first heating and ventilating textbook for engineers, “Heating and Ventilating Buildings: a Manual for Heating Engineers and Architects” and “Instructions for Mechanical Laboratory Practice: Text-Book of Experimental Engineering”; and Robert Tamblyn, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, 1921–2012, a pioneer in many areas, including application of heat pumps in commercial buildings (1950s), use of an on-floor fan system for variable air volume applications in commercial buildings (1960s), applications for hot and cold storage tanks in commercial buildings (1970s), leading the first engineering firm to specialize in energy management (1973) and work on seasonal chilled water storage (1980s).

Fellow ASHRAE is a membership grade that recognizes members who have attained distinction and made substantial contributions in HVAC&R and the built environment, such as education, research, engineering design and consultation, publications, presentations and mentoring. The society elevated 14 members to the grade of Fellow:

  • Tony Costa, P.E., Life Member, president and chief mechanical engineer, Costa Engineers, Napa, Calif.
  • Pankaj R. Dharkar, president and founder, Pankaj Dharkar and Associates, Ahmedabad Gujarat, India.
  • Egils Dzelzitis, Dr.-Ing., C.Eng., BEAP, BEMP, OPMP, a professor, Ripa Technical University, and CEO, Lafiap, Ripa, Latvia
  • Bruce L. Flaniken, P.E., Life Member, manager of facilities maintenance services engineering, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston
  • Ravisankar Ganta, P.E., Life Member, senior mechanical engineer III, Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Vogle Power Plants 3 and 4, Waynesboro, Ga.
  • Donald J. Hay, Life Member, general director, Technologia en Sistemas de Refrigeracion SA de CV, Apodaca, NL, Mexico
  • W. Luis Lagomarsino, Ing., director, Lagomarsino and Associates, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Erin McConahey, P.E., HBDP, trustee and principal, Arup, Los Angeles
  • Kirk T. Mescher, P.E., principal, CM Engineering, Columbia, Mo.
  • Daniel H. Nall, P.E., FAIA, BEMP, HBDP, vice president, regional director of high performance buildings, Syska Hennessey Group, New York
  • Ronald L. Petersen, Ph.D., principal and vice president, CPP Inc., Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Dusan Petras, Ph.D., a full professor at Slovak University of Technology and president of the Slovak Society of Environmental Technology, both located in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • Samir R. Traboulsi, Ph.D., P.Eng., BEAP, HPDP, senior lecturer, American University of Beirut; general manager, Thermotrade; and managing director, Ranec SARL, all in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Donald J. Winston, P.E., president, Donald J. Winston, New York

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by ASHRAE members and building owners 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:

  • William C. Weinaug Jr., P.E., vice president, exp U.S. Services Inc., Maitland, Fla., in the existing industry facilities or processes category for the Antarctica Empire of the Penguin animal exhibit and ride attraction, Orlando, Fla. The facility is owned by Sea World Parks and Entertainment Inc.
  • Kateri Héon, Ing., project manager, and Pietro Guerra, Ing., mechanical-electrical director, exp, Montreal, Quebec, in the existing other institutional buildings category for Centre Civique de Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec. The building is owned by the Ville de Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
  • Benjamin Frank Gozart, engineer; Tom Marseille, P.E., managing director; WSP; Charles Chaloeicheep, P.E., WSP Built Ecology, Seattle; Tom Boysen Jr., P.E., senior project manager, Sellen Construction, Seattle; in the new commercial buildings category for Federal Center South, Building 12021, Seattle. The building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration.
  • Jason Troy LaRosh, P.E., mechanical engineer, Angus-Young Associates, Janesville, Wis., in the existing public assembly category for the Janesville Ice Arena addition and renovation. The building is owned by the City of Janesville.
  • Mark Stavig, P.E., principal, CDi+Mazzetti, Lynnwood, Wash., in the new health-care facilities category for Peace Island Medical Center, San Juan Island, Wash. The building is owned by PeaceHealth.
  • Matthew William Longsine, P.E., associate, and Henry Di Gregorio, senior vice president, WSP, Seattle, in the new other institutional buildings category for the Tacoma Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, Wash. The building is owned by the National Development Council, HEDC Public-Private Partnerships on behalf of the City of Tacoma.
  • Brian Haugk, P.E., mechanical principal, and Brian Cannon, mechanical senior associate, Hargis Engineers Inc., Seattle, Wash., in the new educational facilities category for Valley View Middle School, Snohomish, Wash. The school is owned by Snohomish School District No. 201.
  • Roger (Jui-Chen) Chang, P.E., BEMP, principal and director of engineering and sustainability, Westlake Reed Leskosky, Washington, D.C., in the existing commercial buildings category for the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colo. The building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration, Rocky Mountain Region and was completed by WRL with The Beck Group.
  • Art Sutherland, president, Accent Refrigeration Systems, Victoria, British Columbia, in the new public assembly category for the Westhills Recreation Center, Langford, British Columbia. The building is owned by the City of Langford.

The ASHRAE Student Design Competition focused on a 2-story office building in New York City with a research and development facility. ASHRAE student teams outside the United States were allowed to locate the building in the capital of their state, province or country.

First place in HVAC Design Calculations is awarded to a team from the University of Central Florida, Orlando: Christopher Erickson, associate engineer, Universal Creative, Orlando, Fla.;  Ian Faulkner, mechanical designer, exp U.S. Services, Orlando, Fla.;  DJ Marshall, mechanical engineer, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Orlando; Richard Suarez, quality engineer, Rockwell Collins, San Diego; Kristian Jack Szymanski, Coral Springs, Fla.; and Ju Young Yu, Winter Park, Fla.

First place in HVAC System Selection is awarded to a team from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.: John Gaito, Kathryn Helmer, Lexie Oliver, Alex Pint, Megan C. Walkowiak and Gordon Zimmerman, all of whom are senior level students in architectural engineering.

First place in Integrated Sustainable Building Design is awarded to a team from Montana State University, Bozeman: Elyse Casper; Theresa R. Lindenau, Bozeman; Terra Moran, materials engineer, Imperial Oil, Calgary, Alberta; Mary Peterson, project engineer in the commercial solutions division, 3M, Saint Paul, Minn.; and Martin Reaves, founder, Monolithic, Bozeman.

ASHRAE also announces the recipients of the 2014 Applied Engineering Challenge, in which students were required to design and specify a small, portable air conditioner that must be affordable, maintainable and effective in the local cultural environment.

The first place Applied Engineering Challenge recipients are a team from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Juan Silva, sales operation, SYSERCO, Fremont, Calif., and Nelson E. Echeverry, design engineer, Donald F. Dickerson Associates, Tarzana, 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 Charles “Charlie” Culp, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, HBDP, a professor in the Department of Architecture, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, and associate director of the Energy Systems Laboratory of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station of the Texas A&M University system.

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 William Sigman, P.E., Life Member, executive vice president and principal, BSA Life Structures, Fishers, Ind.

The John F. James International Award recognizes a member who has done the most to enhance the Society’s international presence. The recipient is Presidential Member Kent Peterson, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, BEAP, vice president and chief engineer, P2S Engineering, Long Beach, Calif.

The ASHRAE Pioneers of Industry Award recognizes deceased individuals who have made milestone contributions to the growth of HVAC&R. Recipients are Carl Linde, 1842-1934, known as a scientist, engineer and an industrialist, who developed the first methods to commercially liquefy air and used his knowledge to design his own refrigeration machines, sold throughout the world, and Andrew Muhl, 1831-1892, who received patents for an ice machine and who produced ice that was superior and cheaper than ice being harvested from rivers, making it feasible to ship Texas beef to markets in the East and Midwest

Honorary Members, elected by the Board of Directors are defined as notable persons of preeminent professional distinction. Recipient Stefano Marino, Ph.D., of Roma, Italy, served as the Vatican chief engineer who oversaw restoration of Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel, as well as a complete redesign of its environmental controls.

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