David Cassel, Ph.D, P.E., Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma Christian University was nominated by ASHRAE headquarters, and approved by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, to serve as the sole ASHRAE commissioner for ETAC (ASHRAE also has one commissioner to EAC of ABET). The appointment has a 5-year term, during which he will chair ABET ETAC accreditation reviews of engineering technology  programs. The commissioners also participate in the annual vote on accreditation actions. As the ABET ETAC commissioner, he is automatically a member of the ASHRAE Student Activities Committee (SAC), so he will be attending both the winter and annual meetings of ASHRAE. In order to be eligible for nomination as a commissioner, one has to have served as a program evaluator; David has served as program evaluator for 13 EAC of ABET on-site visits on behalf of ASME, and now one on-site ETAC of ABET visit as chair on behalf of ASHRAE.

Congratulations, David! Thank You for volunteering your time!

ASHRAE, AHR Expo Return to Chicago for 2015 Winter Conference, Expo

ATLANTA – Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, network; participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications. 

The ASHRAE Conference takes place Jan. 24-28, Palmer House Hilton, while the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo is held Jan. 26-28, McCormick Place. Complete Conference information and registration can be found at, and Expo information at

In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education, the Conference offers over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license.

The Technical Program features more than 100 sessions and 300 speakers over eight tracks: Systems and Equipment; Fundamentals and Applications; Industrial Facilities (new); Large Buildings: Mission Critical Facilities and Applications (new); Energy Efficiency; Life Safety (new); Design of Energy and Water Efficient Systems (new); Hospital Design and Codes (new).  Specifically, the program features sessions on cold climate design, tall buildings, hospital and clean room design and data centers.

The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offers 20 professional development seminars and short courses to stay current on HVAC&R trends. Among them is a new course on Standard 202, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, in addition to updates to Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Training topics include commissioning, energy management, Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, energy efficient data centers, healthcare facilities, building energy audits, the coming smart grid and ground source heat pumps. Register at

Additionally, ASHRAE offers a special administration of all six certifications on Jan. 28: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP); Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP); Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP); High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP); Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP); and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP). Register at

The keynote speaker at the opening Plenary Session is Aron Ralston, adventurer and subject of the film 127 Hours. In April 2003, during a hike into a remote area of Utah’s canyon country in April 2003, Ralston accidentally dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand.  After six days of entrapment alone, he freed himself with a cheap multi-tool knife and hiked to a miraculous rescue.  Since his amputation, Ralston has written an internationally bestselling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, later turned into a movie nominated for six Oscars.

Also offered are technical tours, which include Walgreens net zero store, a brewery   and McCormick Place.







Central Oklahoma Chapter ASHRAE

Mr. John Harrod



Engineered Equipment Inc.

Governair Corporation

Temtrol, Inc.

Automated Building Systems, Inc.



ACP Sheet Metal Company, Inc.

Bobbie J. Vermillion Memorial

Air Products Supply

APHCC – Association of Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors

CEC – Infrastructure Solutions

Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates

Matherly Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Mr. David H. O’Daniell, PE

Process Equipment Company Inc. – Oklahoma

R B Akins Company

Sheet Metal Industry Fund of Western Oklahoma



Mr. Florentino J. Mendez

Allen Consulting Inc.

B&L Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Harrison Orr Air Conditioning

Mr. Thomas E. Fox

Willspec Technologies, Inc.



Central Oklahoma Chapter ASHRAE Endowment

Mr. Donald C. Carter

Mr. Richard R. Ellis, Jr.

Mr. Royal B. Akins

Mr. Scott R. Akins

Mr. Stephen B. Pickle

Mr. Wayne T. Allen

050 Engineering Company

Air Technologies

Alvine Engineering

CH Guernsey & Company

CaptiveAire – Oklahoma

Darr & Collins LLC

Dense Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Dr. Jeffery D. Splitler

Engineered Systems & Energy Solutions, Inc.

Hardesty Team

Linihan Insulation

Logical Building Solutions, Inc.

MCD Company

Mr. Bryan D. Garcia, PE

Mr. Jeffery C. Linihan

Mr. Thomas E. Fox

Optimum Energy Solutions, Inc.

PVI Industries – Ft. Worth

Quality Plumbing & Heating of Norman

R. L. Williams Company, Inc.

Saker Mechanical

Streets LLC – Mechanical Contractors

TME – Oklahoma City

Trade Mechanical Contractors

Veolia Energy Oklahoma, Inc.

Wattie Wolfe Company

ZRHD Zimwalt Ragsdale Inc., PC



Mr. Richard D. Marsh

Mr. Adam Shupe

Mr. Alan N. Loeffler

Mr. Bradford L. Ezell, PE

Mr. Charles D. Stoabs, PE

Mr. David M. Royal

Mr. Harold R. Dills

Mr. James D. Benedict

Mr. John B. Semtner

Mr. Joseph E. Sanders

Mr. Michael G. Hughes

Mr. Robert F. Erdman, Jr., PE

Mr. Samuel Shaun Sexton

Mr. Walter P. Mecozzi

Mrs. Stephanie A. Thomas

Ms. Dorris Loeffler



James L. Keas Memorial

Mr. Jeffery W. Austin

Ms. Liane F. Ozmun, PE




President’s Message

Presidential Responsibilities
President’s Message
By: Joe Sanders 
 The first chapter meeting of this ASHRAE year is in the books. 
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment, Michael Teague, was our
guest speaker; and based on the feedback from those who attended the meeting
his presentation was well received.  Secretary Teague offered a glimpse into the
inner workings of his department and the state government in general that was
an interesting departure from our typical chapter meetings.  November’s
presenter, Mr. Ed Tinsely, will be speaking about retro-commissioning; more
details on his presentation can be found in this newsletter.
 In each of my first two newsletters I have asked for any interested in getting more involved in
ASHRAE to please contact me.  I have been pleasantly surprised by the response I have received so far,
however, one thing I have learned is that many people are unfamiliar with the individual committees.  This
month we have decided to try to shed some light on these committees and officer positions, and exactly
what is involved in running them.
 As chapter president my duties include overseeing all chapter activities, presiding over meetings
and the board of governors, and ensuring that important chapter operations are completed on time.  I also
must attend the region’s CRC and prepare for the meeting by developing motions and our chapter CRC
report.  The chapter president is also responsible for proposing the yearly budget and disseminating
information from Society to the chapter.
 In my opinion, the most important duty as chapter president is building a top notch support team
by finding the best candidates possible to serve as committee chairs.  I am extremely fortunate to have the
group of committee chairs and board members that are serving our chapter this year.  These volunteers
have made my job significantly easier and offer excellent insight and ideas on not only maintaining our
chapter’s long history of success, but improving on it as well.
 Please take the time to read each of the articles in this newsletter.  If you find a committee that you
believe you may be interested in being a part of please contact that committee’s chair person or myself.
Joe Sanders
ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President

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