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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

January 2018  

President’s Message

We are already one month through the year and 5 months through our ASHRAE year! For me, now is a time that I make sure the goals I set a month ago are being carried out and make course corrections if necessary.  One personal goal I had was to go Ice fishing for the first time. Well, I already mostly met this goal.  I indeed have spent a number of hours on the ice holding a fishing pole, but the fish catching part is still elusive.  It turns out that even being stuck under the ice for months, they are still smart enough to know I am doing something wrong.  This is where my course correction will come in handy with new tools and techniques to outsmart some bluegill.

I want to recognize Jeff Boldt for being elevated to the ASHRAE grade of Fellow.  He is one of 25 nationally that to be recognized this year.  Additionally, he has been a valuable member locally and we appreciate his investment in time as both a member and speaker. 

For those that didn’t attend the Madison ASHRAE January meeting, our Distinguished Lecturer provided two fantastic presentations on CFD and I want to thank Kishor Khankari for his time. I also want to recognize James Vander Zanden, our CTTC Chair, for helping set up the meeting.  He has done a great job so far and helped schedule two more DL visits for the year.  Getting three speakers of this caliber is a great accomplishment and I would encourage everyone to make time to attend these meetings.

Additionally James is working on other Chapter Technology Transfer Committee Chair work.  We have some deadlines coming up to submit projects for awards.  More information will be provided, but start thinking about interesting projects you have worked on.

I hope that a number of you were able to attend the ASRHAE show down in Chicago.  It is great that it is so close every few years.  The next big event will be the CRC in Iowa so mark your calendars for May 3, 4 & 5, 2018.

Greg Froehle

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2017-2018

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Meeting Announcement

February 12th, 2018

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February 12, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5614 Schroeder Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Engineering Ethics

$20.00 Member of Madison ASHRAE

$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)

$0.00 Only if you have already paid for the Cafeteria Plan

$0.00 Currently Enrolled Full-Time Students Only


REGISTRATION CLOSES AT NOON ON FRIDAY, February 9th! Please sign up at your earliest convenience, it helps with dinner planning.

Help keep meeting costs down! If you sign up, ATTEND or email with your cancellation prior to February 9th 


Dinner will be a "Picnic Style" buffet :  

Hamburgers and Brats with Fresh buns, lettuce, tomatoes and condiments
      Or Side Salad (Vegetarian)
Homemade Mac and Cheese     
      Or Baked Potato (Gluten Free)
Cole Slaw
Potato Chips
Dessert of Cheesecake or Chocolate Mousse
(vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available as requested)


Technical Session  - There will not be a technical session this month

Dinner - 6:00 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - Intersection of Ethical Violations and Litigation-Engineering Ethics

Nicole Schrier and Ethan Geis with Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP will discuss the intersection of ethical violations and litigation, and how to prevent both. This discussion will qualify for an ethics PDH.

Presenters:  Nicole Schrier and Ethan Geis

 Attorneys at Law - Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP


Nicole N. Schrier is an equity partner with Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP. Her practice areas focus around real estate, business law, creditor rights and estate planning. She has worked extensively in matters involving lien enforcement, foreclosure and replevin actions.  She has lectured in the area of ethics and lien enforcement for the Wisconsin Association for Justice and given lien enforcement lectures to numerous organizations around Wisconsin. She is admitted in all courts within the State of Wisconsin and has appeared before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.


Ethan C. Geis is an associate attorney with Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP. He serves a wide variety of clients: business, professional, and personal. He has experience as a litigator and also advises clients as to strategic planning and contract drafting to avoid costly court proceedings.


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With spring now upon us, it’s time to start preparing ASHRAE Technology Award submissions.

Established in 1990–1991, the Technology Awards Program applies to new and retrofit applications in seven categories: Commercial Buildings, Institutional Buildings, Health Care Facilities, Industrial Facilities or Processes, Public Assembly, Residential and Alternative or Renewable Energy Use, with separate categories for New and Existing Buildings. Award applications are judged with respect to energy efficiency; indoor air quality, innovation, operation and maintenance, cost effectiveness, environmental impact and quality of presentation.

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards is threefold:

  1. To recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data.
  2. To communicate innovative systems design to other ASHRAE members.
  3. To highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners.

All current members of ASHRAE and its Associate Societies may submit entries. Entrants must have had a significant role in the design or development of the project.

Last year we sent two projects to the regional level.  We hope to see some great submissions again this year, so think of a great project you've done recently! (Note that projects should have a full year of energy usage data by September of 2018.)

Submissions to the chapter are due FRIDAY MARCH 23th, 2018.  Winners will be announced for our chapter level at the April meeting. Winners will be sent on to the regional level to compete against other chapters, as several Madison entries did last year. 

For additional information on ASHRAE Technology Awards, please see the bottom of this webpage:, or contact me.

So start looking through your project portfolio, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

James R. Vander Zanden, P.E.

CTTC Chair

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Society Conference-Meeting

Is advanced technology alone solving the case for energy efficiency? Delivering meaningful energy efficiency in buildings often requires debunking myths about building products, performance and solutions. This webcast will focus on strategies and policies that dive into deep efficiency goals. Featured ASHRAE speakers will address myths and realities they’ve discovered through real life experiences. Viewers will learn how a practical design approach can help achieve optimum energy performance in commercial and high-rise residential buildings across the globe. With varying climates and economies, one must consider a holistic approach when assessing a building and its systems.

Attend this FREE Webcast program and you may be awarded 3 Professional Development Hours (PDHs), 3 American Institute of Architects Learning Units (LUs), or 3 GBCI Continuing Education Hours (CEs).

The Madison Chapter is arranging for communial showing of this broadcast on the Madison campus.  The details are being worked out with University, so stay tuned and plan to join us for an social and interactive viewing of this annual broadcast on April 19th, 2018

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Brought to you by the ASHRAE Chapter Technology Transfer Committee


Tom Durkin, PE, LEED AP, ASHRAE Fellow
Senior Partner, Sims-Durkin Associates | Indianapolis, IN

Mark Frankel, ASHRAE, AIA, LEED Fellow
Technical Director, New Buildings Institute | Portland, OR

R. Christopher Mathis, ASHRAE
President, MC2 – Mathis Consulting Company | Asheville, NC

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Community Service

Engineering Week is upon us this month, with an opportunity to highlight who we are, what we do and the value we offer.  Let's share the message and take some initiatives to spread the word on careers in engineering.

Engineers Week--the only event of its kind--is a time to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.

See the link to DiscoverE, which has many great resources to share the message.  There is a great video, called Dream Big, which is showing at the Milwaukee Public Muesum.  Maybe take a trip?  There may be showings in the area, as I understand our local school has a showing for the students.  If interested, I may be able share the copy.

The best opportunity is to visit your school where you live and offer to talk with students. Whether high school, middle or elementary, any time with them about engineering would be valuable.  Your own kids may enjoy having you visit their classroom.

In addition, February 22nd is Girl Day, where girls should be introduced and encouraged to be engineers.  Here is a link to a video and more:


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Past President

My participation in ASHRAE started back in college at MSOE. Students in the Architectural Engineering program combined several engineering and construction professional organizations into one student group. We could participate in each organization as students or select one based on our interests. I soon became a student officer for ASHRAE and went to many of the chapter meetings to interact with professionals in my area of interest.
After college, my attendance dropped off and I only went to meetings occasionally. As my career progressed and I moved from a consulting firm to a contracting company, I soon learned that my new position would benefit from more interaction with the engineering community and keeping up with new products, equipment and system philosophies.
It didn’t take me long to start getting involved in committees and becoming chairs of committees. One month I decided to attend a BOG meeting to give a committee update. The big news at the meeting was a BOG member was moving and they had a hole to fill. Before I left that meeting, I was nominated and voted in by the Board as the new Member at Large. I remember thinking “what did I just agree to?”
Many years later, I now think ‘I have really enjoyed my experience on the Board and as a member’.
Being on the BOG expanded my knowledge of organization, accounting, legalities, management, team building, volunteerism and commitment. The best thing from the experience was I really got to know many more members in the chapter, region and society and they got to know more about me.
In my opinion, the most important thing an engineer in this industry can do professionally is pick a professional organization and get involved. The potential for learning, keeping up with technology, meeting and having great discussions with industry leaders, and networking is limitless.
Carol Mori
President 2014-2015
ASHRAE Madison Chapter Member since 2005
CRC Chair 2016
BOG Member 2009-2016
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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     November 2017

General Meetings:
     December 2017

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Treasurer’s Report

Below are the Treasurer's Reports for the past month.

2017 December Treasurer's Report

Paul Schack
Madison Chapter Treasurer 

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AHR Show and Meeting

2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

As the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo becomes a memory, there are some highlights to keep in mind beyond your personal ventures.  This AHR Expo set several records with floor space of over 550,000 sq ft and attendance of over 70,000, while the over 2,700 volunteers taxed their minds with their peers in committee work with standing committees, councils and seminars. 

The plenary was inspiring with a message of diversity from Debbie Sterling, an engineer and entrepreneur who has succeeded with GoldieBlox.  Also at the Plenary, our own member, Jeff Boldt was recognized as a Fellow in ASHRAE.  Jeff is the Director of Inovation and Quality at IMEG Corp (previsouly KJWW) and is well deserving of this honor with his work on 62.1 and 189.1 to name a few.  His memorable contribution is reviewing ALL virtual sessions, while training for an  Ironman.  Congatulations Jeff.

The Annual meeting is in Houston, TX with the next Winter meeting in Atlanta, GA in 2019.

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The Madison Chapter of ASHRAE has remains consistent.  We finished the year at 266 members.  We enourage your to invite your associates and peers to join ASHRAE to share in their professional experience, skills and talents.  The programs continue to be valuable for the time involved.  There are many benefits to being a member of ASHRAE.  Take a look at this JOIN ASHRAE link to find out more about the reason's to be part of the almost 57,000 world wide members.

Join us in welcoming Andrew Beal, Sharaon Bessa, Mitch Martenez, Michael McDaniel, Riley Shelton as a new members.

Members, check your BIO's and keep them up to date with your current address, phone, e-mail, employer or experiences. Your e-mail address with society, is what the Chapter uses contact you, so changes assure you are remain in contact. Update Your BIO HERE.

Area Assigned Members  266  Jan 2017-18


Current Membership (Dec)   264          
New Members   4 18        
New Students   3 6        
Cancellations   4 26        
Student Cancellations   0 5        
Grade Advancement   0  0        
Affiliate Transfer   1 5        
Life Member Transfer   2 2        

Contact the Madison Chapter Membership Chair, if you have questions or comments about ASHRAE Membership. 


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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
September 11th Controls in the Developing HVAC Industry

Eric Carlson
Ron Bristol

  DDC Analytics
October 9th  Vortex Optics World Headquarters  Matt Heil Student Night none
November 13th VFDs, Harmonics, Grounding Rings Ken Wegrzyn Membership Promotion Overspeeding Direct Drive Fans
December 11th  Commissioning for Industrial Refrigeration Systems: Welcome to the Wild West  Dan Dettmers Research Promotion Social
January 8th 2018 Airflow Management for Laboratory Facilities Kishor Khankari (DL)  Distinguished Lecturer Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics for Built Environment
February 12th Ethics Nicole Schrier  CTTC  none
March 12th Dehumidification  Tom Peterson  Student Activities Psychrometrics
April 9th  Holistic Overview of Technologies and Strategies to Achieve Deep Energy Reductions in Laboratories  Gordon Sharp (DL)  Distinguished Lecturer  
May 15th (Tuesday)  Transport Energy: Motors, Fans, and Pumps  Hank Jackson (DL)  Distinguished Lecturer  TBD
June 11th Golf Outing 53rd Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

 Recent News Releases from ASHRAE:

  • ASHRAE and AiCARR Sign Agreement of Understanding
    ATLANTA (Feb. 1, 2018) – ASHRAE and the Associazione Italiana Condizionamento dell’Aria Riscaldamento Refrigerazione (AiCARR), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), outlining the two organizations’ commitment toward the promotion of common cooling and heating related endeavors.
  • ASHRAE New Standard 90.1 Portal Offers Centralized Resources to Users
    ATLANTA (Jan. 25, 2018) – A new online portal makes it easier than ever for building professionals to access the suite of resources related to ASHRAE Standard 90.1 – Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
  • New Advanced Energy Design Guide Available to Help K-12 Schools Achieve Zero Energy
    ATLANTA (Jan. 22, 2018) – A new publication is now available to empower owners, contractors, consulting engineers, architects, designers and administrators of K-12 school buildings to cost effectively achieve advanced levels of energy savings.
  • ASHRAE Presents Awards at the 2018 Winter Conference
    ATLANTA (Jan. 21, 2018) – ASHRAE recognized the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to furthering energy efficiency in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry during the 2018 Winter Conference. 
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Historical Moment:

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