President’s Corner

Welcome to the start of another great year the National Capital Chapter. I am honored to serve as the President for 2016/2017, and would like to thank each member for giving me the opportunity to serve the chapter. I would especially like to thank the Past-President Laura Petrillo-Groh, as well as the past board and committee chairs, for an excellent year. The hard work of volunteers allows National Capital Chapter to continue to be a leader in ASHRAE.

President Tim Wentz set the theme for his 2016-2017 term as "Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow." No statement more accurately describes our rapidly evolving world. In order for ASHRAE to continue to lead the shape the built environment, we will need to adapt. In the next year, look for chapter improvements made by the Electronic Communications Committee in an effort to strengthen communications via website, social media, and newsletter. Our chapter will continue to spearhead efforts in promoting a more diverse membership and leadership through the WiA (Women in ASHRAE) affinity group led by Laura Morder and Israa Ajam. The chapter YEA (Young Engineers of ASHRAE) committee plans to build the social network as well as offer professional licensure exam study groups. The Student Activities committee outreach to the DC metro area will range from K-12 STEM activities to chartering new universities student chapters.

The CRC in Philadelphia recently recognized numerous chapter committee chairs and chapter members for their achievements:

  • Our chapter was awarded for success in Sustainable Activities. 
  •  Roger Chang received the Speaker of the House Award for campaigning for Grassroots Government Activities. 
  •  Ryan Westlund collected the Top Gun for Membership Promotion for outstanding performance. 
  •  Bryan Olivia led Research Promotions meeting goals for the Endowment Chevron, Certificate, Full Circle, Chevron, and Bronze Treasury Ribbon. 

Region III presented the Chapter Service Award to three members for the continued commitment to ASHRAE through many years of service:

• Scott Houghton
• Stephanie Mages
• Andy Rhodes

With the help of Patti Gunderson securing chapter submissions, the Region III Technical Awards Winners included eight chapter project submissions:
Patrick Murphy – Vanderweil Engineers
o 1st Place New Commercial – Alexandria Renew Enterprises
o 1st Place New Institutional – Parks & People Foundation Headquarters
o 1st Place New Public Assembly – Frostburg State University Ctr for Comm, Info, & Tech
• Roger Chang – Westlake Reed Leskosky
o 1st Place Existing Public Assembly– Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery
• Brian Coffield – SmithGroup JJR
o 1st Place New Educational – American University Washington College of Law
• Rajnish Setty – EE&K Architects & Engineers
o 2nd Place New Educational – DCPS Dunbar High School
• Gregory Williams – TMR/CMTA Engineering
o 1st Place Existing Healthcare – Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
• George Anastasi – Summer Consultants
o 1st Place Existing Institutional – Tax Court, GSA

At the regional business meeting, two motions proposed by our chapter were approved. Region III will motion that society creates an ASHRAE CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Accreditation Program. Region III will also motion to develop a WiA (Women in ASHRAE) Membership Subcommittee.

The National Capital Chapter has an incredible set of programs already scheduled for this year. Look forward to an additional seminar and dinner presentation in November, many distinguished lecturers, joint meetings with a variety of organizations, and exceptional presenters. Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th when our chapter will be honored to host two past presidential members Dr. William Bahnfleth and Tom Watson, PE. Please register now to secure a seat for what should be an outstanding kickoff to the new year.

Best Regards,

Omar Hawit
President, National Capital Chapter, 2016-2017 


Season Tickets now Available for 2016-2017 NCC ASHRAE Meetings!

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The National Captial Chapter of ASHRAE is again offering Season Tickets for the 2016-2017 year. This year, the dinner season tickets now include admission to the November MCA Trade Show! Season tickets are available to ASHRAE members who have paid their local dues to National Capital Chapter, per sociey records. Advance registration is still required for all sessions.

The meeting format and pricing information is located below.

The scheduled dates for 2016-2017 are:

  •          September 7, 2016 - Monthly Seminar and Dinner Presentation
  •          October 5, 2016 - Monthly Seminar and Dinner Presentation
  •          November 2, 2016 - Monthly Seminar and Dinner Presentation
  •          November 9, 2016 - MCA Trade Show
  •          December 7, 2016 - Monthly Seminar and Dinner Presentation
  •          February 22, 2017 - Monthly Seminar and Dinner Presentation
  •          March 29, 2017 - Monthly Seminar and Dinner Presentation
  •          April 19, 2017 - Monthly Seminar and Dinner Presentation


Season Tickets offer significant saving over the individual dinner meetings. Season tickets are transferable so companies who want the flexibility of sending different employees (or customers) to the various monthly meetings may do so. This year, the dinner season tickets include admission to the November MCA Trade Show!

PES Only: $240                       PES and Dinner: $420                          Dinner Only: $180

NCC ASHRAE September Chapter Meeting!

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PES Presentation:Integrating IAQ and Energy Efficiency in Buildings

-Speaker: William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E.


Dinner Presentation:ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015-Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems

-Speaker: Thomas E. Watson