May 15, 2019 Meeting at Rothchild Catering, 11:45 a.m.

Our speaker for May is Douglas F. Zentz and the topic is “How to Communicate Technically in a Professional World with Technical Information.”

Many in our Industry struggle with how to communicate effectively with technical information, keeping on target, providing the reader with a proper roadmap of information, delivering all necessary information in a logical & clear format, and doing so such that anyone within our industry can understand the objective and the solution to a given situation or problem. This session illustrates a thought process along with a structure such that anyone can present a technical problem/situation and provide a clear and logical solution in written communication for others.

About Mr. Zentz:

Douglas F. Zentz, Associate Professor, is the Program Coordinator for the HVACR Programs within the College of Engineering Technology at Ferris State University. He received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University in 1980 and his Master degree in Career and Technical Education from Ferris State University in 2007. He is a past President of West Michigan ASHRAE, a past RVC of Student Activities for Region V, and past Chair for Student Activities within ASHRAE.

In the field of HVACR, his background includes professional engineering sales for the Trane Company, manager of engineering-design-build for W.J. O’Neil Company in Detroit, and vice-president of engineering for EPPA-Strand Custom Air Handling in Detroit. This experience started in 1980 and continued until his transformation into teaching at Ferris State University in 2003.

In the area of teaching, he has taught junior and senior level HVAC Design (primary and secondary systems), Primary Equipment Selection, Commercial Building Heat Gain/ Heat and the senior Capstone Experience. His teaching experiences includes development of new curriculum (both in the traditional classroom and fully on-line) and teaching fully on-line courses for over 10 years. He has mentored eight (8) different student groups which have received either a First, Second, or Third place recognition from ASHRAE in the Student Design Competition. He serves on many educational committees and was a member of Fluke Instrument’s Advisory Board on IAQ.

In the area of professional speaking, he has been the guest speaker at 36 events since 2005. Organizations which have invited him to speak include: 1) Mechanical Contractors of America, 2) Air Conditioning Contractors of America, 3) ASHRAE 4) ARI (teachers workshop), 5) Lily West Conference (educational workshop), 6) USGBC (West Michigan), 7) Ferris State University (Energy Conferences), and 8) Efficiency United (educational arm of 16 Michigan Utilities).

The meeting will be held at Rothchild Catering. Come as early as 11:30 for social time, lunch will be served at 11:50, and our program will begin around noon.