April 2023 Capitalaire


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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April 2023

President’s Corner

Dear Members of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE,

Spring is in full swing, and I hope this message finds you all well. With the early blooming of the cherry blossoms in DC, it's hard not to feel optimistic and energized about what's to come in the months ahead.

Our April meeting is fast approaching, and I'm excited to announce the lineup of presentations that we have planned for the event.

The PES presentation, "Inside the Box – Fan Characteristics and Applications," will cover the different types of fans and their characteristics, fan curves and fan laws, and how to select the best fan for the desired performance. This is a great opportunity for designers to learn how to apply the equipment properly and ensure optimal performance.

For the dinner presentation, we welcome past-president Kinga Porst Hydras to talk about Federal High-Performance, Low-Carbon, Resilient Buildings Programs. She will address the US government's new climate goals and low-carbon initiatives, including programs targeting buildings. The presentation will focus on the new Building Performance Standards and decarbonization efforts in the US General Services Administration.

Our chapter has been busy over the past few weeks with a range of events and activities, and we have more planned for the coming months. Our Women in ASHRAE (WiA) committee has a networking event on April 27th at Bronson Bierhall.  Our Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) committee has planned a joint event with the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley chapters to attend a Philadelphia Union game on May 20th.  Tickets for both events are limited, so be sure to register soon.

Our Spring Golf Tournament is now finalized, and invitations have been sent out to all members. The response has been tremendous, and spots are filling up quickly, so if you haven't already registered, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.  This year's outing promises to be another great event, with opportunities for networking, fun, and friendly competition. Our host this year will be Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club on May 24th. We still have a few foursomes and sponsorship opportunities available so please reach out if you are interested.

I look forward at seeing you at the events we have coming up for the rest of the year.  Thank you for your continued support of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE.


Best Regards,

Nick Barrett

Nick Barrett Signature

President, National Capital Chapter, 2022-2023


Board of Governors & Committee Chair Contact

Board of Governors Email Address
President Nick Barrett president@nccashrae.org
President-Elect Mike Morder president_elect@nccashrae.org
Vice President Jonathan Rumbaugh vice_president@nccashrae.org
Treasurer Michael Spencer treasurer@nccashrae.org
Secretary Lauren MacGowens secretary@nccashrae.org
Sr. Governor Ryan Westlund senior_governor@nccashrae.org
Governor Drew McPheeters governor1@nccashrae.org
Governor Mikelann Scerbo governor2@nccashrae.org
Governor Bailey Estes governor3@nccashrae.org
Committee Chairs Email Address
Annual Social Laura Morder
Bradey Jump
CTTC Jonathan Rumbaugh
Directory Morgan Stevens directory@nccashrae.org
Finance Michael Spencer finance@nccashrae.org
Jonathan Rumbaugh
Mike Morder
Nick Barrett
Golf Outing Mike Morder
Gov’t Affairs Mikelann Scerbo government_activities_national@nccashrae.org
Historian Ryan Westlund historian@nccashrae.org
Research Promotion Drew McPheeters research_promotion@nccashrae.org
Honors/ Awards Stephen Niez honors_and_awards@nccashrae.org
Membership Stephanie Gonzalez membership@nccashrae.org
Lauren MacGowens
Newsletter Ian Faulconer newsletter@nccashrae.org
Laura Morder
Reception Catherine Jones reception@nccashrae.org
Caroline Evans
Molly Sizemore
Student Activities Dante Freeland student_activities@nccashrae.org
Alex Ratliff
Website/ Electronic Communications Michael Spencer website@nccashrae.org
Lauren MacGowens
Caroline Evans
Directory Morgan Stevens directory@nccashrae.org
Sustainability Ryan Westlund sustainability@nccashrae.org
Diversity in ASHRAE Bailey Estes
Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Zach DeLuke yea@nccashrae.org
Ryan Cleary
Tech Awards Stephen Niez tega@nccashrae.org

Nominations 2023-2024

Nominations for 2023-2024 Officers and Board Members 

In accordance with the NCC chapter bylaws, a Nominating Committee was formed to recommend a slate of candidates for the chapter officers and governors for Society Year 2023-2024.  As per the NCC bylaws, the current President-Elect, Michael Morder, shall automatically succeed to the office of the President on July 1st, 2023 for the Society Year of 2023-2024.

The members of the Nominating Committee, Stephanie Mages (Chair), Laura Petrillo-Groh, Scott Houghton, Ryan Westlund, and Alec Petrillo-Groh, enthusiastically recommend the proposed slate of Officers for Society Year 2023-2024:

(SY 2024-25) President-Elect : Jonathan Rumbaugh

Vice President: Jonathan Rumbaugh

Treasurer: Michael Spencer

Secretary: Lauren MacGowens

Senior Governor: Ryan Westlund

Governor 1: Bailey Estes

Governor 2: Stephanie Gonzalez

Governor 3: Zach DeLuke

Governor 4: Dante Freeland


As per the bylaws, additional nominations of members in good standing who consent orally, or in writing, to be candidates, may be made in writing to the Secretary or from the floor at the next chapter meeting, on April 12, 2023.  Congratulations to these nominees and thank you for your past service to the chapter!

Voting for candidates will take place at the April Chapter Meeting. You may also vote for any position by email to Lauren MacGowens, Secretary@nccashrae.org, prior to the April meeting.

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Level Sponsors

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Gold Level Sponsors

Advanced Thermal Solutions
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H&B Engineered Products2

Silver Level Sponsors

Critical Systems

Research promotion

Below are some projects in our region funded by the ASHRAE RP Campaign: 

 Flammable Refrigerants Post-Ignition Simulation and Risk Assessment Update
GEXCON US - Bethesda MD

Investigation of Ignition Temperature (Hot surface and Auto Ignition) for 2L Refrigerants
AHRTI - Arlington, VA
Completed RP Mar. 2019
Transport of Indoor Biological Dust
PENN. STATE U-Parichehr Salimifrad

Airside heat transfer augmentation using multi-scale analysis and shape optimization for compact heat exchangers with small hydraulic diameters
U-MARYLAND - Daniel Bacellar

Demonstrating the application of novel multi-criteria ventilation algorithms in office buildings
DREXEL U. - Tom Ben David

Quantifying Non-Energy Benefits of High-Performance, Urban Elementary School Buildings
CATHOLIC U. - Emily Oldman


Upcoming 2022 - 2023 Meeting Dates & Themes: 

April 12, 2023

Inside the Box - Fan Characteristics and Applications - Mark W. Fly | Federal High-Performance, low-Carbon, Resilient Buildings Programs - Kinga Porst Hydras

May 2023

Refrigeration & Spring Tour


April 12, 2023

Hilton Arlington
950 N Stafford St
Arlington, VA 

3:30-5:30 PM - PES Seminar

5:30-630 PM - Happy Hour

6:30-8:00 PM - Dinner

Inside the Box – Fan Characteristics and Applications

Fans provide the primary transport method for moving thermal energy into occupied spaces in most all cases. Designers need to understand the characteristics and limitations of fans, even if imbedded in into packaged or self-contained equipment to apply the equipment properly. This presentation will cover:

  • Different fan types and their characteristics
  • Fan curves and fan laws, how to use and apply them
  • Fan stall and unstable regions of operation
  • How to select the best fan for the flow, static and acoustical performance desired



Mark W. Fly, P.E. - Executive Director of the Norman Asbjornson Innovation Center & Laboratory 

Mr. Fly has over 40 years of experience as a Researcher, Consulting Engineer, Contractor, and Manufacturer in the HVAC Industry. He is currently the Executive Director of the Norman Asbjornson Innovation Center & Laboratory, (NAIC) at AAON, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He served as Director of Engineering of AAON for 11 years prior to taking that position. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Missouri State University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in two states.

In ASHRAE, Mr. Fly holds the grade of Fellow and has been honored with both the Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service Awards. He has been and is currently active on numerous Technical Committees, Standing Committees and Councils, currently serving on the Publishing and Education Council and as a Trustee on the ASHRAE Foundation Board. He served as a Director at Large on the ASHRAE Board of Directors from 2014-2017. He has also been active in the HVAC Industry Trade Association, AHRI. Serving on the Board of Directors from 2012-2016 as Section Chair for Unitary Large Equipment, and Air-to-Air Energy Recovery, he has also participated on the AHRI Technical on Sound, Unitary Sector Leadership Council and is currently serving on the Systems Steering Committee.


Federal High-Performance, Low-Carbon, Resilient Buildings Programs

The US Government has set new climate goals, and new legislation has been signed into law that provides incentives for low-carbon initiatives including programs targeting buildings. In addition, the President issued multiple Executive Orders addressing climate change. The presentation will discuss the new Building Performance Standards and decarbonization efforts in the U.S. General Services Administration. ASHRAE members need to be aware of these new initiatives which will impact their professional lives.




Kinga Porst Hydras, Sustainable Design Expert - GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings

Kinga Porst Hydras serves as a Sustainable Design Expert in the GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, with particular focus on decarbonization, electrification, grid-interactive efficient buildings, energy efficiency programs, renewable energy, and indoor environmental quality. She has been working on improving the usage of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) in the federal government, forming public-private partnerships to achieve deep energy retrofits in existing buildings. Kinga has over 25 years experience in the public and commercial building industry with extensive knowledge in energy analysis, air conditioning and high performance building practices and policies coupled with 10 years experience in sales and marketing management. In 2010 Kinga served as the elected President of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE for a one year term, she was the first female President of the Chapter. Kinga has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters in Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Budapest. Kinga is a CEM and a LEED-AP.



Please welcome our newest members to the National Capital Chapter!

Allaina Honda

Brendan Lannig

Alyssa J Gentile

Hyuk Jin Choi

Melissa L Davis

Albert D Venson

Michael Keidar

Batoul Dawood

Achintya B Prasad

Yoftahe T Giorgis Eng

Stephen Wetherhold

Benjamin G Mank

Aaron J Batson

Adam Wolfe

Patrick M Kenny

Want to know more?  email membership@nccashrae.org

Women in ashrae

Save the Dates

Networking Event

Register Here

Bronson Bierhall 4100 FairFax Dr Arlington, VA

April 27 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

young engineers in ashrae

Save the Dates

Region lll YEA Philadelphia Union Soccer Club Tailgate & Game

Register Here

Soccer Night – DC United Tailgate & Game – August 26th, Washington, DC

Student Activities/YEA Washington Nationals Game – Date TBD

Picnic and Field Day – Date TBD

Young Engineers in ASHRAE’s National Capital Chapter had a great time at the March happy hour at Punch Bowl Social Arlington. Thank you to Johnson Controls to sponsoring this event!

NCC ASHRAE Spring golf outing

Historian's Archives

As the NCC Historian, I (Ryan Westlund) am always looking for opportunities to share something about the buildings of the DC metro area. As a strong believer in anthropocentric design, it also behooves us to dig into the people for which buildings have been built or to whom they are dedicated in History. This is one of those looks back.

Every morning, my wife walks our 6-year-old to Kindergarten at Myrtilla Miner Elementary in Northeast D.C. Although you may not recognize her name on an elementary school, you may have seen The Myrtilla Miner Building at Howard University. If not, and given International Women’s Day is this week and after just coming out of Black History Month it seemed appropriate to dig into a bit of our own local History.

Here is a great article, The Story of Myrtilla Miner: Uplifting the Black Scholars of the Nation's Capital, recently published in The Dig, a publication by Howard University, to highlight Miner and her great contributions. Additionally, it provides a history about the building on Howard’s Campus, which has been chosen to kick-off the major campus renovation that has begun in the last few weeks. For those in our Chapter that are privileged to work on the Miner Building or other projects in the Campus Master Plan, the Board would love to hear from you, so that we can share with the chapter and AEC community.

Technology awards

Have your project and design team recognized by ASHRAE!

ASHRAE Tech Awards provide an opportunity to have your project and design team recognized by ASHRAE, from the chapter level, to the regional level, even up to ASHRAE society level.  Have you worked on a project that incorporated innovative design approaches, or achieved noteworthy sustainability metrics?  New construction, existing building renovations, and existing building commissioning projects are all welcome.

Fill out the short form submission, which is at the end of the Tech Awards flyer - click the button below to jump straight to the flyer.

But hurry!  Submissions to NCC are due by April 30th.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tech Awards chair, Stephen Niez, at stephen.niez@gmail.com

Tech Awards Flyer HERE

government affairs

There are plenty of opportunities to engage in policy conversations on building energy and climate change in 2023! Here are a few local events to check out

Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy
Where: Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
When: April 11-13, 2023

Meet your elected officials!

We're working to arrange an opportunity for you to meet your elected officials to talk about ASHRAE! To get involved and learn more, please email government_activities_national@nccashrae.org and include your zip code.

Part of Government Affairs is to educate our elected officials about what an important role ASHRAE plays in the built environment. We want our elected officials to turn to ASHRAE as a key resource of information as they work on policies that affect anything from energy efficiency to indoor air quality to legionella safety. This is a great opportunity to highlight your experience as an ASHRAE member with one of your elected officials.

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