President’s Corner

It was great to see so many people come out for the Winter Party. The Monaco provided the same great food and service we had enjoyed in the past, and the live French jazz quartet led by a thirteen year-old guitar virtuoso assured good times were had by all. Give our member Marissa Caldwell a special thank you for putting together such a great event, and look for some group photos in the newsletter.

In celebration of Black History Month, I want to recall the work of one our industry’s pioneers, David Nelson Crosthwait Jr. After completing high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science (1913), a Masters of Engineering (1920) from Purdue University, and finally granted an honorary doctoral degree in 1975. In the 1920s and 1930s Crosthwait invented a vacuum pump, a boiler, and a thermostat control, all for more effective heating systems for larger buildings. Among his designs, he provided the heating systems for the Rockefeller Center and New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Our February program is scheduled for February 22, at the Arlington Hilton. This sustainability themed meeting will include a seminar on Net Zero Energy Design and a dinner presentation on Refrigerants. The seminar presented by Brian Coffield, Eric Dixon, and Raghuram Sunnam will share insights, process, and goals for a LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy designed tenant space. The dinner presentation by Ryan Geister discusses why, when, and how the industry will face the rapidly approaching mandates for refrigerant transitions. Registration and program details will be available on the website. Our chapter is thankful to have H&B Engineered Products and Hitachi Smartflex sponsor the programs.

Also, please be on the lookout for several upcoming events. There will be a Women in ASHRAE Networking Social held at the Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grille from 6-8pm on February 15th sponsored by VERTIV Liebert. There will also be several events associated with National Engineering Week, February 19th-25th.  Our chapter will be providing judges for the Future City competition. We will also be hosting a booth at Discover Engineering Family Day, February 18th at the National Building Museum. Please look for volunteer opportunities


Best Regards,

Omar Hawit

President, National Capital Chapter, 2016-2017


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