ASHRAE Region XI News

Region XI CRC 2017

Region XI has another successful CRC this year. A big thanks to the Puget Sound for hosting.

IMG_4490The group even had to evacuate while fire trucks filled the parking lot.

One of the many meeting of the minds. Keith Yelton and Russell Lavitt lead the group in a discussion on Region XI activities

ASHRAE President Tim Wentz


If you’re interested in knowing more about the CRC and outcomes of this year’s meetings you can contact your chapter president for all the news.

Anchorage May-June Meeting

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Alaska Chapter RP Shootout


2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

The 2017-2018 scholarship recipients have been announced!  You can read more at the following link:–conferences/student-zone/scholarships-and-grants/society-scholarship-recipients.

The application process can be made by mailing in, or online (–conferences/student-zone/scholarships-and-grants/scholarship-program#apply).

The next application deadline is May 1, 2017.  Information and application materials are available at

Congrats to all the recipients!


LeaDRS Update from Natasha Skea

As I boarded the plane to Las Vegas, Nevada I told myself it was going to be fabulous. Right? That’s what Vegas is? I had never been to the ASHRAE Winter Conference and wasn’t sure what to expect. I had packed a variety of run of the mill business casual clothes, a handful of granola bars and my game face.  Luckily for me there were plenty of familiar faces on the plane from Regina and I was able to catch a ride to Caesar’s Palace.  After checking in and wandering the glittering halls of the forum shops I turned in early, after all- I didn’t want to be late for my first day.


When I first met Keith I was scrabbling at the registration desk but his warm demeanor and big smile instantly put me at ease. He was headed to a few regional committee meetings and invited me to tag along.  After dropping into Research Promotion (RP) and Government and Grassroots Activity Committee (GGAC) meetings I settled in for the afternoon at the YEA regional committee meeting.  Sitting in the gallery I scanned the faces at the table.  Of the twenty or so I recognized six.  Some I had already met at the YEA Leadership Weekend (highly recommended) and some I had seen on the ASHRAE website.  The YEA regional committee meeting is a gathering of all the YEA regional coordinators to talk about what their chapter chairs (aka me) are doing, and how they can make their chapters better.  This very relevant content was riveting.  They talked about the accessibility of programs currently in place for YEA members, training and opportunities.  They talked about the LeaDRS program and asked for my input as a LeaDRS representative.  The meeting lasted right through until the plenary session.  Going straight there, I caught up with Keith.  The keynote speaker, Adam Steltzer, gave a presentation on his work landing the mars rover.  His account of events and his insights on teamwork and coordination were motivating and we could all take some notes on presenting from him.

Saturday evening there was a welcome party in one of the conference rooms at Caesars Palace. Since it was the Lunar New Year the theme for the evening was new beginnings and celebrations. Amidst the food and drink I ran into a few more familiar face and made some new friends.

Sunday morning saw some very empty technical sessions, but they seemed to fill up as the morning wore on. I met up with Keith again for the Leadership Luncheon.  It was a bit surreal being in a room with ASHRAE’s best and brightest, along with members of the ASHRAE leadership there were also LeaDRS representatives from other regions and the Leadship U candidates.  From there we went to the ASHRAE director board meeting.  I sat in the gallery as Keith took his place at the table.

Over the next few hours the board reviewed concerns from the gallery and motions from the directors. The topics ranged from cultural sensitivity (having the conference fall during the Lunar New Year) to high level planning committee reports that were a bit over my head.  After a short break the board went into executive session and the gallery was asked to leave.  Needing a bit of a break anyway I went down to the YEA hospitality suite and spent some time kicking back with other YEA members.  In the evening I was whisked away to the regional dinner to do some more networking.  Since I had a 7am meeting the next morning I packed myself off to bed around midnight, not bad for the city that never sleeps.

I arrived at my 7am meeting a little tired but excited to hear the speaker. I had met Julia Keen before, at the ASHRAE Fundamentals training course.  Though she helped develop the training course on technical content at this breakfast she was talking about women in engineering; not only how to get them there, but how to keep them there.  The data she presented in her speech was alarming, and I am convinced that everybody needs to be playing a part in keeping women from leaving the profession.  I left her talk conflicted, wondering how I could help.  With nothing else scheduled until lunch Keith and I went for coffee and he regaled me with tales of ASHRAE and patiently answered all my questions about the hierarchy and structure.  With such a large and complicated organization it sure helps to have a guided tour.  After the presidential luncheon I was once again free to wander and I decided to head over the AHR Expo.  The AHR Expo was enormous with over 2,000 exhibitors. Truth be told it was a little overwhelming and I didn’t make it through the whole tradeshow (I probably should have taken runners). I went back to the hotel to gear up for the vender events.

I had heard about the vender events but nothing could have prepared me for the large scale of these functions. We started out small at the TACO reception in the Renaissance hotel ballroom, and moved up through the Daikin party at the Paris rooftop patio to the ABB mega event/concert at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Even though I was tired, it was hard to pull myself away just after midnight to make sure I would make my 8 am meeting with Keith.

8 am came early but I made it on time. This meeting was called the members council and it was made up of the chairs of the regional committee meetings.  Keith and I both sat in the gallery as motions were made, discussed and ruled on.  There were some hot topics and lots of discussions.  Subjects ranging from redesigning the distinguished service pin to starting a new ASHRAE region in Europe. As this was my last scheduled event with Keith we left the meeting with fond farewells.  I took in another technical session and headed back to my room to prepare for my last night in Vegas.

Not wanting to miss a beat I grabbed some takeout pizza and started making plans for the evening. Sadly, 4 nights in Vegas was enough to do me in and I fell asleep long before I could hit the town, but I was in great shape for the journey home.

So long Vegas, it’s been fabulous.


Natasha Skea

Regina Chapter, YEA Chair

Student Activities Update from Jared Larson, RVC

The Student activities portion of the Winter conference is undoubtedly the most exciting part of the
winter meeting.  It is great to meet with other committee members, and to connect with students who
have travelled around the world to take in the conference.

Centralized Training Update – Russell Marcks

  • Last year we had an increase in attendance of 15%
  • We are hoping for an increase to 30% for this year
  • SA comittee is hoping to add rvc training at this event as well.
  • Joe is making compiling a training guide called a year in the life of an rvc

ABET – Michael Brandemuehl

  • Michael Brandemuehl did a presentation on the accredited class he is trying to implement into
    universities. By 2018. It will be a building audit program including the BEQ program
  • Right now there are 2 two year schools with this program, and no 4 year schools.   Each region /
    chapter is encouraged to promote this to institutions within their assigned area.
  • Currently there are 14 ASHRAE members who are approved to sit on ABET committee.

K‐12 stem subcommittee ‐ Chris Ahne

  • The committee is currently trying to find a plenary speaker with a k12 stem background for the
    upcoming summer meeting.
  • SA chairs are under reporting their STEM activities.  Currently there is an online form for quick
    reporting.  No one from region xi has yet reported activities.  The following is a link to the page
  • The subcommittee is making honorary student membership cards for young students.  It will
    have a link to the student zone on the ASHRAE website. The intent is to leave it behind when
    doing class presentations.
  • Stem kits have been becoming more popular.  One project was selected with hot/cold packs
    demonstrating heat transfer. SA chairs can get a free tool kit from society suitable for a class
    presentation. This was also featured in a recent journal.  In the future there will be new kits and
    supplies developed.
  • Gamification is being explored. It combines gaming with learning.  Potential alliances are being
    reviewed with stride academy.  The Committee is investigating logistics and policy with
  • There has been a low number of applicants for the youth outreach award and for the student
    activities achievement award.  It is important to nominate any deserving candidates.
  • ASHRAE is looking to see what other stem groups make work well to partner with. We are asking
    each chapter to report on any other affiliations members are working with.
  • The term K-12 STEM is a north American term, and has other connotations in region at large.
    We are looking for other terms which may be less confusing on a global basis.

Post high Subcommittee ‐ Megan Tosh

  • There are 31 new student branches to be approved at the winter meeting. Most are
  • The student program has 426 students registered.  46 students were from region XI.
  • The majority of the focus has been spent preparing for the winter conference program.  The
    remainder of the year will focus on other aspects of Post High.
  • It is important to track grads. One good way is to hold a close out interview with grads to talk
    about their experiences and future employment.
    The following photo is from the student session at Las Vegas.


  • The following is a list of awards from the student activities.  The bold items represent those
    from Region XI

Design Calculations

  • 1st Place: University of British Columbia (Alexander Brosky; Aubrey McNeill; Cheng Yang;
    Samarth Joshi; Silvia Odaya; Ziran Yu) (photo below)


  • 2nd Place: Texas A&M University
  •  3rd Place: North Carolina A&T State University
  • Rising Star – Eastern Washington University (Stuart Benson; Thomas Gillilan; Robert Swick;
    Jeremy Voss) (photo below)


  • 2nd Place: Bandung In
  • 3rd Place: Gazi Univer
  • Rising Star: NONE


  • 1st Place: University of Central Florida
  • 2nd Place: Tianjin University
  • 3rd Place: Portland State University (Emily Bedell, EIT; Stephanie A Cook; Matthew Draper;
    Craig Lardiere; Kalina Vander Poel; Rachel Stehly; Kirsten Svaren, EIT; Kristin Travis, LEED AP;
    Dr. Huafen Hu) (photo below)


  • Rising Star: University of Wisconsin – Madison

First Place Grant Presentation

  • University of Oregon (Sarah Tjahjana, Nita)


System Selection

  • 1st Place: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • 2nd Place: Pennsylvania State University
  • 3rd Place: Ferris State University
  • Rising Star: NONE
  • I had asked several winners from our region to summarize their experience with the
    competition.  Hopefully these words will encourage others to participate as the program
    continues to grow.
    “Overall I thought the competition was challenging and helped me learn more about
    designing HVAC and all that is involved in the process. The competition built skills and
    knowledge that I would not have gained in a normal HVAC course, by delving into the
    ASHRAE standards and applying them to make a working model. The research that was
    required to meet project requirements, like maintaining a desired humidity level for
    maximum occupancy comfort, lead me to understand equipment like desiccant wheels.
    The experience and knowledge gained from the competition has made me a better
    engineer and more prepared for working in the HVAC industry.”

‐  Jeremy Voss, Eastern Washington University

“We actually didn’t expect that we win at all. In the beginning, we have no idea of what
to do since the design process is a little bit different from what we are used to. We were
lost. With the help of our advisors, we managed to break down the problem into smaller
problems. Doing it step‐by‐step is really helpful. By the end of the competition, I
personally, think that I have earned a lot of skills, not only technical skills but also soft
skills such as teamwork, management, communication and organization. I will be
attending the winter conference in Las Vegas and yes, I will definitely meet you!”
‐ Silvia Odaya, University of British Columbia
“I thought the competition was very challenging. Our team had only taken 1 HVAC
course at Eastern Washington University so we entered the competition with a little
knowledge of the subject. I heard about the competition from Yoora Beyon who was the
2014‐15 EWU ASHRAE Student Chair. I thought the competition would be a good project
to exercise the skills learned in our HVAC course and would give us a competitive edge
when entering the job market. It appeared that very few students had experience with
HVAC system design, equipment selection, and energy modeling.  I personally learned a
lot from the competition. The project is very large and covers a lot of material that isn’t
taught in school. The project taught us the basics of building design and system selection
but most importantly we learned about communication. We learned as a team how to
communicate together in an efficient manner and we learned how to communicate in
the professional world. The project gave us the opportunity to talk to industry
professionals and representatives. This personally was a great chance for me to talk with
engineers in the industry which for me translated to confidence in the job interview
‐ Stuart Benson, Eastern Washington University

Grant Subcomitee – Adam Davis

  • Grants are intended for undergraduate demonstration and learning apparatus.
  • The top 2 grants get a trip paid to the winter conference to present their projects. This year we
    had 46 applications. Approximately 27 received funding. The total amount allocated by society is
    128,000 USD.
  • There will be an increase in PAOE points for chapters having universities showing growth in
    grant applications.  This is expected to be implemented in 2017.
  • Grants do not cover computers, technician fees, labour, or conferences.

Design Competition

  • These are still open for the year.
  • The AEC topic has not yet been formalized. Bjarne will be determining this

Winter Conference Recap

Hi Everyone

We just got home from the Winter meeting in Las Vegas and boy are we tired. This years meeting was held at the Ceasars Palace Hotel and Casino located in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were many meetings and events held at the conference center with over 3,900 people registering and over 1,900 product Booths were available occupying 0ver 500,000 square feet at the convention center. This was the largest Show/Meeting in the history of ASHRAE and next year the meeting in Chicago may be even larger. I was very pleased to meet Natasha Bellows/Skea of the Regina Chapter winner of the 2016 Leadrs competition to shadow yours truly at the winter meeting. We went to many events together and Natasha spent some time going to meetings she had a keen interest in on her own. Our Regional joint dinner with Region II was held at Carmines, an Italian restaurant that had good food and a lot of charm.

I was very pleased with the quality of content of the meetings I attended. A lot of business was conducted by and for ASHRAE. We need to recognize all of the people who give their time to make ASHRAE and our membership better. If you have never gone to the Winter or Annual meeting you need to try to attend. They are phenomenal. Well it’s back to business as usual so I will update you soon.

Keith Yelton, DRC

Correction – CRC Delegate Training

The delegate training will be held on March 17th at the River Rock Hotel Casino in the Lillooet Room in Vancouver, B.C.

Mark you calendars!

2017 John Ross Curling Bonspiel

If you like to curl or have be meaning to try it this is a great time to do it. Below is a message from Tom Jacknisky about this year’s John Ross Curling Bonspiel.



Good afternoon Region XI. Hopefully you are all having a great year thus far.

 I am writing to invite each chapter to attend the John Ross Bonspiel once again. The Northern Alberta Chapter will once again be hosting this event and will WAIVE THE ENTRY FEE for Regional teams taking the time to come to our fair city and take part in this great event. Your chapter would only be responsible for getting you to Edmonton and any required Accommodations (we will be setting up a room block shortly)   

For any of you who have not curled before that is not a problem. Curling is a great social sport and there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. In fact, even if you do not have 4 people committed we can likely find you a player if required.

Originally the John Ross was a chance for the prairie chapters to get together and break up a cold winter with a little fun competition. Since the NAC has resurrected this event we have opened it up to include invites to all other chapters as well as the Region XI Executive. It has been very successful and something everyone around here looks forward to each year.

This year we will be having this event on Saturday April 1, 2017 from 8 am till likely late. All the games will be held at the Thistle Curling Club in Edmonton and we will be having a dinner afterwards. As mentioned curling is a social sport therefore the bar will be open all day and there is never a shortage of friendly people to have a drink with.

Please speak to your board and find out if you have interest in joining us. We will be saving some spots for Region XI teams but an answer one way or the other would be appreciated. Please when responding indicate your chapter as well.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Tom.