September 14, 2017 Meeting at Rothchild Catering, 11:45 a.m.

September 20th is our first ASHRAE meeting for the 2017-2018 year, and we welcome everyone back to kick off a great year.  We will have a brief recap of our 2016-2017 year and the awards that the East Tennessee Chapter received at the Chapter Regional Conference in Nashville at the beginning of August.  

September's meeting is entitled "Bio-inspired Engineering."  Nature has developed materials, objects and processes that function from the macroscale to the nanoscale. These entities have gone through evolution over 3.8 Gyr. Bio-inspired engineering is diverse area where solutions to challenging engineering problems have been achieved through the phenomena observed in nature. This newly-emerging and novel engineering approach involves exploration into the ways that living organisms adapt to their environment. Bioinspired engineers leverage this knowledge to develop new technologies and translate them into products that meet real world challenges. Although there are multiple areas where bio-inspired engineering has great influence, the presentation will mainly be focused on the examples of sustainable solutions to thermal and power generation problems. 

Our speaker will be Dr. Kashif Nawaz. Dr. Nawaz is a part of the Research and Development Staff at Energy and Transportation Science Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign during 2010 and 2013 respectively. His research interests include heat and mass transfer through porous media, two-phase flow, electronics cooling, micro/nano scale transport phenomena and alternative refrigerants. He is an associate member of ASHRAE, ASME and AIAA. Before joining ORNL, Dr. Nawaz has worked as senior heat transfer engineer at the Heat Transfer Center of Excellence (HTCoE) of Johnson controls Inc. In his present role at ORNL he is actively engaged in the research related to Heat exchanger design, Separate Sensible and Latent Cooling Systems, Dehumidification, Enhanced phase change processes, low GWP refrigerants and water heating. He has more than 40 publications in fundamental and applied thermal-fluid science.

We are looking forward to this exciting presentation and a new ASHRAE year!

This will be a technical seminar and PDH Certificates will be awarded. The meeting will be held at Rothchild's Catering.  Come as early as 11:30 for social time, lunch will be served at 11:50, and our program will begin around noon.  For further information, visit our website at

In order to confirm your attendance, PLEASE RSVP to Anne Jacoby - before Monday the 18th  at Noon.


An opportunity to pre-purchase meals for the remainder of the year at the discounted price of $140 will be available at our September meeting.

The Chapter now accepts cash, check, credit, & debit cards.

[Meal plan does not include the Holiday Party / Past President's Banquet]