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ASHRAE Names New Distinguished Lecturers

Aug. 15, 2016
The 70 lecturers for the 2016-17 society year represent 12 countries, are available to present on 395 topics, and speak a combined 11 languages.

ASHRAE recently named nine new distinguished lecturers, noted authorities who speak to society chapters about relevant topics impacting the built-environment industry.

This marks the 17th year of the Distinguished Lecturer Program, with more than 2,000 lectures given since the program began in 1996. The 70 lecturers for the 2016-17 society year represent 12 countries: Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These lecturers are available to present on 395 topics and speak a combined 11 languages.

The new lecturers and their presentation topics are:

  • Chandana N. Dalugoda, C.Eng, managing partner, Chandana Dalugoda Consultants, Piliyandala, Sri Lanka—“Reducing Carbon Footprint of Buildings in Developing Economies,” “Sustainable HVAC Designs for Green Buildings,” “Air Conditioning Systems for Tropical Humid Climates,” “Applied Psychometrics for Air Conditioning Systems,” and “Cooling Load Calculations ASHRAE CLTD/SCL/CLF Method.”
  • Patricia T. Graef, PE, FASHRAE, senior engineer, Munters Corp., Fort Myers, Fla.—“The New Legionella Standard: ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems” and “The Logic of Dedicated Outside Air Systems and the Core Technologies That Make Them Effective."
  • Jorge E. Hernandez, PE, Regional Managers & Associates, Orlando, Fla.—“Displacement Ventilation,” “Psycrometrics of Displacement Ventilation,” “Critical Applications,” “Latest Developments in the HVAC World,” “Basic Psycrometrics for Industrial Refrigeration Professionals,” and “Basic Air Conditioning Concepts for Beginning Engineers and Architects.”
  • Julia Keen, PE, PhD, Department of Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.—“ASHRAE bEQ—Building Performance vs. Building Certification & Rating,” “How to Increase Profit—Retention of Women Engineers in the Workforce,” “Ethical Decision Making—An Exercise in Application,” “Tools for Success (That Do Not Require a Calculator),” and “Millenials—How to Manage the Next Generation.”
  • Thomas H. Phoenix, PE, FASHRAE, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates PA, Greensboro, N.C.—“Passion and Performance,” “Improving Building Performance,” and “The Value of ASHRAE’s bEQ.”
  • Richard H. Rooley, FASHRAE, Project Management Partnership, Stoke Poges, United Kingdom—“Sublime Chaos in Construction: Each Profession and Trade as a Strange and Dominant Attractor,” “Sick Building Syndrome—Reality or Myth,” “Quality of the Internal Workplace and Worker Productivity: A Look Beyond Engineering,” and “Leadership and Management for Engineers—How to Achieve Profit—for Whom?”
  • Greg Scrivener, Cold Dynamics Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta—“CO2 Refrigeration and Heat Pumping,” “Refrigeration Energy Essentials,” and “Canadian Refrigeration Safety Code.”
  • Rajinder Singh, PhD, Pusa Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India—“Applied Psychrometry for Air-Conditioning Engineers,” “Best Practices for Operation and Preventive Maintenance of HVAC Systems in Green Buildings,” “Vapor Absorption Refrigeration System,” “Use of Green Secondary Refrigerant (Ice Slurry) for Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning.”
  • Om Taneja, PhD, PE, FASHRAE, Associated Consulting Co., Kendall Park, N.J.—“Leveraging Innovative Technologies for Life-Cycle Operational Efficiency, Improved Indoor Air Quality and Greater Adaptability to Climatic Variations,” “Facing the Realities and Challenges of Urbanization, Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructure & Smart Buildings for Greater Sustainability & Resilience,” “Framework for Structured Transformation to Future of Facilities to Foster Innovation, Operational Excellence & Resilience—Bridging the Gap in Performance From Concept Though Operations,” “Operations & Maintenance Measures for Improving Performance of HVAC Systems & Chiller Plants,” “Analytical, Performance & Prescriptive Codes & Measure for Life Cycle Assessment of Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Projects,” “An Approach to Improved Indoor Air Quality and Operations of Buildings: Adopt Smart Buildings Technologies and Train Operations and Maintenance Staff for Required Competencies,” “Analytical, Performance & Prescriptive Measure for Life Cycle Assessment of Facilities Projects,” and “Bridging the Knowledge, Technology and Personnel Gap for High Performance Buildings From Concept Through Operations.”

For a complete list of distinguished lecturers and detailed procedures on how to arrange a presentation, go to