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President’s Message

By: John Semtner

Outreach has definitely been a theme of ASHRAE recently.  It was a goal of mine this year to reach out to two long term Central Oklahoma chapter supporters in OG&E and OSU.  Earlier this year we heard from OG&E at our spouses night and enjoyed a few new members from that outreach.

On Wednesday our chapter meeting will move to Stillwater.  We will tour and learn from the design team about the future of the central plant at the heart of their campus.  We have nearly 40 students and faculty joining us and are busting this event at the seams!  We will hear about current student & faculty research at the University and get the opportunity to honor one of our most well-known members and former OSU faculty; Faye McQuiston.  This is going to be a great outreach event to strengthen our bond with one of Oklahoma’s largest HVAC research centers, Oklahoma State University.

While one Wednesday will be one of this year’s signature events, it is a far from our only outreach of late.  Our Research Promotion 2016 campaign is in the final push and many of our long standing supporters are stepping up to support ASHRAE Research.  This campaign supports a significant research investment at both OSU and OU.  Please contact our RP chair, Chris Dolan if you would like more information.  Our student activity chair, Madison Schultz, has been promoting our event on OSU’s campus and working with UCO on starting a student chapter there.  Brian Sauer and Aruna Abhayagoonawardhana are both working with K-12 students and the chapter is supporting competition awards for the Capitol Hill Academy of Engineering and Future City.  Our YEA chair, Andy Donahue, coordinated a joint YEA event and refrigeration tour with our local ASPE chapter.

Sustainability Chair, Brian Sauer, and YEA Chair, Andy Donehue, are working with on another sustainability day and technical tour at the White Water Facility.  A special thanks to Damon McClure for setting that up.  Joe Sanders and a great team are getting ready to promote CRC 2017 at this year’s CRC in Texas.  Read more on each of these many events below. 

Maybe the most important outreach was the joint day at the Oklahoma Capitol building that our GGAC, Byron Huges, set up last month.  We not only talked with multiple representatives and senators, but reached out to the staff and entities who are shaping our state’s energy code.  We reached out and talked with the Commerce Department, State Energy Office, and the OUBCC Board Chair.  We pushed for adoption of current energy codes and improvement of the adoption process.  Please reach out to myself or any of the chairs if you see an outreach you want to get involved in.


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