Nashville was rocking for the 2017 Chapters Regional Conference (CRC). East Tennessee was well represented with at least 11 chapter members, including new Society Director Van Baxter. Several other companions and friends were present. The event was held downtown and included a rooftop event, great meals, and a VIP balcony at the Wild Horse Saloon. Oh yeah, we had a few meetings and workshops as well! Once again, East Tennessee did very well at the Awards Luncheon, where multiple members were recognized for excellence. In particular, our chapter beat out all others in Research Promotion fundraising! Congratulations to Jeff DeLong on a successful year!
Our May meeting was a success! Our speaker, and former Society President Terry Townsend was on hand to install our new slate of officers. Outgoing Chapter President Jeff DeLong has led the Chapter in what has been another successful year for East Tennessee. Our new President, Andrew Meyers, has been a Regional leader for YEA and represents a youthful turn for our leadership. We wish him the best and with strong support from a new Board of Governors and Committee Chairs, we should enjoy a great year upcoming.
Nothing beats a great lake party to celebrate and enjoy. We extend thanks to Tom and Suzanne Werkema for their hosting of yet another YEA sponsored lake party. Included in the pictures above are a few of our lake surfing crew - a great day of water sports!
The MABE Senior Design Showcase was held Thursday afternoon, April 27, at the Thompson Boling Arena Concourse, University of Tennessee. MABE is an acronym for Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, and almost 40 design projects were on display, accompanied by their creators - soon-to-graduate seniors of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Our own ASHRAE student group, along with their faculty sponsor, Dr. Bill Miller, participated, demonstrating the ductwork project that was featured in our April meeting. Dr. Miller also had a second student group, demonstrating a two-phase energy storage project. This group demonstrated a technology that could save substantial amounts of energy at Hodges Library.
Other participants included groups sponsored by local and regional manufacturers and organizations such as Young-Williams, Denso Manufacturing, and Tennessee Eastman.
Of particular interest was the Design-Build-Fly team, which designed and built a working, scale-model aircraft. The aircraft did fly, did some fundamental maneuvers, but then failed upon being challenged with advanced arobatics. The pieces were on display at the showcase. Engineering student and part-time quarterback Josh Dobbs participated on this team, but had to leave early for a "job interview" (draft time?).
Our April Meeting was a real treat! A presentation was made by Dr. Bill Miller's student team, who gave us insight into a research project that explored double-walled, vacuum ductwork for residential applications. Each of the students were very professional in their talk, and offered interesting discoveries as well as a candid view on the practicality of using ductwork of this type. This is what research is all about!
Dr. Miller has since passed along an invitation for members of our Chapter -
You and the ASHRAE chapter members are cordially invited to visit the Thompson Boling Arena concourse, meet the students and learn about the potential of the redox flow battery and the unique HVAC duct design. The showcase will exhibit several projects from 2 pm to 4 pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Mechanical and Electrical engineers are developing a unique benchtop battery. The concept, if implemented, could save the Hodges Library upwards of $750k per year by eliminating peak electrical demand charges. The project is funded by the Office of Sustainability’s Green Fee program.
Program Manager is Preston Jacobsen. Student objectives are to 1) build and demonstrate a prototype battery; and, 2) support UT Facility with the development of engineering specifications for a vanadium flow battery (VFB) intended for installation in the John C. Hodges Library.
Hoping you have opportunity to visit us between 1 Pm till 4 Pm.
William Miller, Ph.D.
Joint Faculty Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
Lecturer Architecture and Design
Building Scientist Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Office (865) 574-2013
Another successful YEA event was held on February 8 at the new "Veloce" center in West Knoxville. This new facility boasts some of the fastest go-karts around, and our YEA members enjoyed a great evening. The event was attended by eleven young men who seemed to create a competition of sorts.
Thanks go to our YEA Chair Andrew Bosse, who organized the event. Andrew says that he's not done for the year, so look forward to the next one, probably a lake event during the spring.
Society regularly provides design training and online course opportunities for those that may be interested in them. Design training is available at Society headquarters in Atlanta in addition to four other locations in America and internationally.
Additionally, Society provides certification opportunities in several areas, including commissioning, health care design, energy assessment, energy modeling, and high performance building design. We have a few local chapter members who have one or more of these certifications and we would like to encourage others to consider them.
Included here are two files that may be downloaded for further information: HVAC Design Training and Certifications. Also, feel free to check out the Society training web page at http://www.ashrae.org/hvactraining
Our annual Christmas party and Past President's Night was a great event, well attended, and with a variety of entertainment! Sixty to seventy attendees were treated to a great meal, a gold-medal worthy Olympic presentation, and Christmas Caroling! Thanks and congratulation to all who contributed.
The holiday season is upon us, and it will soon be time for our annual Past-President's Night and Christmas Party. Cherokee Country Club will once again be the venue for our special event. Anne Jacoby & Tom Pace have been our party planners this year, and they have a special event in store for us!
Social hour will begin at 6:00 pm and there will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, with each attendee having one free drink ticket as part of their admission. Background music will be by Tim and Jonah. We encourage everyone to come early and socialize!
Dinner will begin at 7:15, and will feature the excellent cuisine of the Cherokee Country Club kitchen.
Our program will feature Sharon Evers. Sharon has been an Olympic enthusiast since her high school days. She had a sports column in her high school newspaper - one time she wrote an article about the Olympics and she became hooked. She still has the article! In 1996, she was a "torchbearer" in the days leading up to the summer games in Atlanta. She has traveled widely over the years in the pursuit of all things Olympics, and she speaks several time each year to share her experiences. Sharon has an extensive collection of memorabilia, and a portion will be on display at the party.
Save your entry ticket, as door prizes will be offered to several lucky attendees!
Complimentary valet parking will be available, and we encourage all attendees to utilize the service as on-site parking is limited.
Single tickets are $50.00, each additional ticket is $40.00. Past Presidents of our chapter are entitled to a complimentary ticket.
Cherokee Country Club is located at 5138 Lyons View Pike; Knoxville, 37919, not far from the Papermill / Northshore Drive exit from Interstate 40.
Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others who may be interested in attending. In order to confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Anne Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday, December 8th at 12:00 noon. Guests are more than invited to attend!
Thanks to Mark Johnson, Calmac, for the great October program on ice storage! An underwhelming RSVP number, followed by an overwhelming show at the door, created some logistical challenges for us, but kudos to our president, Jeff DeLong for managing this well and our host Rothchild Catering for responding quickly.
Pictured above is Mark Johnson, speaker, and chapter member Duke Bennett. Mark and Duke go back a few years and enjoyed the chance to renew that friendship!
On October 19th, David Grant let a tour of over a dozen chapter members and guests on a tour of ORNL facilites. Included in the tour was the supercomputing center and research and development laboratories. The heating and cooling facilities for each were included in the tour.
David's tour was a perfect complement to his recent program on data center cooling and ASHRAE Standard 90.4, Energy Standard for Data Centers.
We appreciate the open door from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Van Baxter's help on this alongside David. Great job guys!
Once again, we had over 50 (almost 60?) attendees for a chapter meeting! October was Research Promotion recognition, and many of our generous contributors were present. Pictured above is outgoing chair Wayne Doane (good job Wayne!), and our new chair Jeff Gibson. Jeff has some pretty large shoes to fill, but has already begun our drive for this ASHRAE year.
David Grant's data center presentation was extremely well received and informed us not only of the important work being done at ORNL, but of efficiency measures and measurements that are appropriate for data centers. In addition, he updated us on the latest ASHRAE Standard 90.4 for Data Centers. A copy of his presentation can be accessed here: Click Here
We appreciate and hope that you will continue your excellent support of our chapter!
Our September meeting was a resounding success! It seems like we had to fight for parking, find additional seating, wait a bit longer in line, but the meeting was one of the more memorable season openers in several years! Congratulations to new president Jeff DeLong who is off to a good start.
Pictured above are several of our awards recipients from CRC. The photographer apologizes for the lighting - we'll have to break out that flash next time!
Let's keep the great attendance flowing!
Our Chapters Regional Conference was a very successful time, as usual! Memphis was the host chapter and East Tennessee had a great turnout for the event.
Once again, our chapter was awarded the David Levine award for the top chapter in the region! Congratulations to Nancy McBee, outgoing president, and the entire Board of Governors for this impressive accomplishment!
Pictured above is 2013-2016 RVC for Research Promotion John Sealy, who is recognized by DRC Larry Fisher at the Chapters Regional Conference for his service. Under John's leadership, Region VII exceeded its RP goal all three years.
A full listing of awards is given below. These will be recognized at our September meeting. Please come out and join us!
PAOE Honor Roll, PAOE Star Award, PAOE Sustainability Award
William Collins Award (1st place), Wayne Doane, Research Chair
Gold Ribbon History Award - Alan Hasemeyer, Chapter Historian
Outstanding YEA Chapter - Andrew Bosse, YEA Chair
Student Activities, 2nd Place - Scott Hacker, Student Activities Chair
It is that time of year again! Our Region VII Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) will be hosted by the Birmingham Chapter this year on August 4-6, 2016. A mix of the Old and New South, the event will anchor at the brand new Westin Hotel in Uptown B'ham and feature side trips to the Vulcan Park and to the Barber Museum. Dr. Chris Gray will be their CRC Chair, and he reports that a smidgen of ASHRAE business might be done along the way. For East Tennessee members, this might be your last chance to socialize with Alabama fans while they are still friendly to us!
Our chapter has historically done well in the Region, and we expect this year to be the same. Our outgoing President, Nancy McBee will be our Delegate, and our incoming President, Jeff DeLong will be our Alternate. Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs will attend workshops during the conference, and we encourage any interested member to attend and observe the workings of our Regional leadership.
The image above is linked to registration. Please consider joining us in Birmingham!
Our chapter's signature publication, the Chapter Roster, in its 2016 edition, has been printed and will be available for distribution at our May meeting. This document, first published in 1968, has evolved into a summary almanac of our Chapter - it now includes information on our Chapter's history, past leadership, research contributors and awards, as well as the traditional roster of members, manufacturer's representatives, and consulting engineers.
Jonathan Driskill has led this committee for the recent past and has outdone himself this year. Our chapter owes a great deal of gratitude to Jon, and all that worked with him on this year's edition. Assisting on this year's edition were Alan Hasemeyer, Wayne Doane, Jack Hopkins, Nancy McBee, Andrew Meyers, Isaac Bosley, and Victor Mills. All chapter members will want to pick up a copy and see for themselves.
For the first time ever, we are making excerpts of the roster available on our website. Click here for the initial link; we will be posting this in a more visible space soon.
Come on out to the May meeting and receive your copy!
Congratulations to the Roose Team - Ryan Roose, Brad Blackburn, John Buchanan and Pat Brooks on their low score for the Annual Hillbilly Classic Golf Tournament! We had a great slate of golfers who enjoyed one of the most beautiful Spring days so far this year. Three Ridges Golf Course was the site of this year's tournament, and they were a great host.
Thanks so much to Tom Pace and Andrew Bosse for organizing this year's tournament. Hole sponsors were acquired for each hole and door prizes were donated as well. We appreciate Johnson Controls for sponsoring lunch!
Thanks to the following companies for their support!
APPLIED ENGINEERING - Jack Hopkins
BOILER SUPPLY- Hugh York
DEL-AIR MECHANICAL –Lori Sentell
DUNHAM BUSH – Jonathan Yeager
EASTERN SHEET METAL –Pat Brooks
ENVIRO SYSTEMS-David Hensley
FLORIDA HEAT PUMP – Jonathan Yeager
GRUNDFOS – Rick liles
GWYN SALES –Tim McCord
HOBBS AND ASSOCIATES –Bill Jacoby
HOFFMAN AND HOFFMAN –Duke Bennett
JAMES M. PLEASANTS – Jeff Gibson
JOHNSON CONTROLS -Keith Rotan and Jeff DeLong
LAARS BOILERS – Rick Liles
REA ASSOCIATES –Myron Carter
RUSKIN – Bill Jacoby
TPI CORPORATION – Mike Curey
TWIN CITY FANS – Bill Jacoby
TRANE CO. – Nancy McBee, Mike Karl, Andrew Bosse
UNITED ENERTECH- Tom Pace
UTAB – Tony Kennedy
Save the date - Saturday, May 7th, 2016 as our spring lake party. We are making plans to have this event at the home of Tom Werkema. This has been an enjoyable event in the past as will certainly be so again. In case of rain - Sunday, May 8th will be the date.
Rumor has it that boats, food, drink, yard sports, and great fellowship will be present.
Thanks to our YEA committee for sponsoring this event!
Become part of the leadership in the top-ranking ASHRAE Chapter in Region VII!
As March begins, it is time for our Chapter to look for our upcoming leaders to emerge. Many of you are already in the loop working through the various ASHRAE Chapter Chairs, and our Nomination Committee is working hard to develop lists of members who we feel will be major assets to our Chapter.
If YOU have an interest in being part of our Chapter Leadership Team, we want to know.
Areas of involvement – Programs, GGAC (Government Affairs), Membership Promotion, Historian, Honors / Awards, Student Activities, YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE), Research Promotion, Golf Event Planning, Roster, Reception Committee, Secretary, Communications and Website, etc.
You don’t necessarily need to volunteer to be a Committee Chairperson, but we need committee members who are willing to invest time, and who want to work their way up in our Chapter.
Please email me directly (email@example.com) if you have an area in which you are interested in becoming more involved.
By the way, “recycled” leaders work well too!
Our Winter YEA event was a success! The night began with a tour of the chiller plant at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, which had two water cooled chillers dedicated to making the ice for the rink. Then, other mechanical rooms were toured that contained boilers and chillers serving the general seating area and concourses. The highlight of the tour was the 100,000 CFM air handler and 15-20 ft tall supply fan!
All in all it was a great night networking and seeing an impressive facility. Over a dozen attendees were present and the Ice Bears came out with a 2-0 win!
Thanks go to YEA Chair Andrew Bosse for organizing this event. Our chapter has a great foundation for the future!