ASHRAE Members Recognized for Outstanding Achievements

Feb. 16, 2016
Fifty-four people were recognized for their contributions to ASHRAE and the HVACR industry during ASHRAE’s 2016 Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Fifty-four people were recognized for their contributions to ASHRAE and the HVACR industry during ASHRAE’s 2016 Winter Conference Jan. 23-27 in Orlando, Fla.

The F. Paul Anderson Award, given in recognition of outstanding services performed in the HVACR field, was presented to Thomas E. Watson, director of Daikin Learning Institution, Daikin Applied, Staunton, Va.

The ASHRAE Hall of Fame honors deceased members who have made milestone contributions to the growth of ASHRAE-related technology or the development of ASHRAE. The 2016 inductees are Calvin D. MacCracken, best known for his pioneering work in off-peak cooling-energy-cost savings and energy-conserving options for ice rinks, and John Edwin Starr, a pioneer in the development of small refrigeration systems and refrigeration by pipeline from central stations and founder and first president of The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers, an ASHRAE predecessor society.

Fellow ASHRAE is a membership grade recognizing individuals who have attained distinction and made substantial contributions to HVACR, such as through education, research, engineering design and consultation, publications, and mentoring. Elevated to the grade of Fellow were:

  • Peter R. Armstrong, PhD, PE, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • Clive Broadbent, C.P.Eng., director, Clive Broadbent and Associates Pty. Ltd., Campbell Australian Capital, Australia.
  • Wan Ki Chow, PhD, C.Eng., RPE, 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, PhD, senior mechanical engineer, General Electric-Global Research, Niskayuna, New York.
  • Kristin Heinemeier, PhD, PE, principal engineer, Energy Efficiency Center, University of California, Davis.
  • Marisa Jimenez de Segovia, president, Air-Care de Mexico, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  • Kishor Khankari, PhD, president, AnSight LLC, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Kwang Woo Kim, PhD, PE, professor, Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Dennis R. Landsberg, PhD, PE, BEAP, president, L&S Energy Services Inc., Clifton Park, N.Y., and Henderson, Nev.
  • Patrick C. Marks, PE, engineering manager, Johnson Controls, York, Pa.
  • John A. Murphy, applications engineer, Trane, La Crosse, Wis.
  • Riyaz A. Papar, PE, director, Global Energy Services, Hudson Technologies Co.
  • Andy Pearson, PhD, C.Eng., group engineering director, Star Refrigeration Ltd., Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • Mukund Sudhakar Ranade, consultant, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
  • Mick Schwedler, PE, applications engineering manager, Trane, La Crosse, Wis.
  • Om Taneja, PhD, PE, consultant, Associated Inspections and Consulting Engineers, Kendell Park, N.J.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding use of ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor-air quality. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards. First-place recipients for 2016 are:

  • Benjamin A. Skelton, PE, BEMP, president, Cyclone Energy Group, Chicago, in the new-commercial-buildings category for a net-zero Walgreens store in Evanston, Ill.
  • Dylan T. Connelly, associate, Integral Group, Oakland, Calif., in the existing-commercial-buildings category for DPR Construction’s net-positive-energy office in San Francisco.
  • 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.
  • Ken Warren, PE, capital project manager, Port of Seattle, in the new-industrial-facilities-or-processes category for a preconditioned-air project at Sea-Tac Airport.
  • Jonathan M. Heller, PE, principal engineer, Ecotope Inc., Seattle, in the residential category for Stack House Apartments.

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

  • In HVAC System Selection, first place went to a team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Brianna Brass, currently seeking a master’s degree in architectural engineering; Matthew Easlon, Feinschule Hagwon, Gwangju, Korea; Mary Kleinsasser, currently seeking a master’s degree in architectural engineering; Ben MacKenzie, mechanical engineering intern, Affiliated Engineers, Madison, Wis.; and Rachel Obenland, currently seeking a master’s degree in architectural engineering.
  • In HVAC Design Calculations, first place went to a team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Kristin Hanna, currently seeking a master’s degree in architectural engineering; Garrett Johnson; and Mark Wilder, mechanical intern, M.E. Group, Omaha, Neb.
  • In Integrated Sustainable Building Design, first place went to a team from Portland State University: 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; 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. 

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. First place went to a team 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. The recipient is Michael M. Ohadi, PhD, a professor of mechanical engineering and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

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 ASHRAE'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 HVACR. Recipients are Daniel Livingston Holden, who was a charter member of The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers and a pioneer in the commercial refrigeration industry, and Benjamin Franklin Sturtevant, inventor and founder of the first company specializing in engineering and manufacturing air-side HVAC systems.

Honorary Members are defined as notable persons of preeminent professional distinction. Named for 2016 are P.A. Hancock, PhD, Provost Distinguished Research Professor, Pegasos Professor, and University Trustee chair, University of Central Florida, Orlando, and Terry M. Manon, retired director of commercial air-handling systems for Trane, Danville, Ky.