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. http://cms.ashrae.biz/sar/requestForm/index.php
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- These are still open for the year.
- The AEC topic has not yet been formalized. Bjarne will be determining this
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