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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

October 2020  

President’s Message

President's Message,

Thank you all for joining us last month as we continued our technical programming with a great presentation 'IAQ and You' by Jason DeGraw.   Thank you to Ron Wroblewski and Joe Zhou for coordinating this speaker for our chapter.   

The Region VI CRC was postponed from last spring and was conducted virtually, with presentations and meetings spanning the last 2 weeks in October.  Thank you to those that joined in for the events!  There was a lot of great knowledge shared and lessons learned from other chapters in our region.   

We are also continuing to look for volunteers to take on additional positions within our ASHRAE chapter, either at a board level, committee chair level, or simply serving on a committee to lend a hand.   If you or someone in your organization might be interested in more information, please reach out!

Please see below and join us for our November chapter meeting on November 9th, and please note the time!   This presentation is a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of local ASHRAE members on their experiences with HVAC strategies during a pandemic.   

Jason Boatman

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2020-2021
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

November 9th, 2020


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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Central)

Virtual through Zoom

     Meeting ID: 833 2512 0978

HVAC Strategies in a Pandemic

$ N/C   Member of Madison ASHRAE
$10.00 Guest (non-Madison ASHRAE member)
$ 0.00  Currently Enrolled Full-Time Students Only

Main Presentation - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm "HVAC Strategies in a Pandemic"

When we approached Max Sherman from the ASHRAE Epidemic Taskforce about giving a presentation for our chapter, he suggested that a chance to engage with questions would be more valuable for our members than sitting through another webinar.  We’ve rounded up a few knowledgeable local members to serve on a panel with Max this month, so bring your questions!

Three panelists will each make a 10-minute opening statement and then we’ll have a full hour to answer your questions.  Once you register you’ll be able to submit a question or questions in advance. You can also submit a question live via chat in the meeting.  

Our 4 panelists: (see bios below)

Carol Mori, General Heating - contractor’s perspective

Fred Betz, Affiliated Engineers - consulting engineer’s perspective

Michelle M. Frey, PhD Vanir Construction Management - Owner's perspective

Max Sherman, Lawrence Berkley National Lab, - Epidemic Task Force, researcher’s perspective

After you register we’ll send an email with the meeting link.

The meeting will wrap up in 90 minutes at 5:30

Biographical sketches of panelists:

Dr. Fred Betz has been a Building Performance Consultant at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. in Madison, WI for 12 years. In that time he has focused on large, complex commercial buildings focusing on energy, water, resilience and occupant experience. A major focus of occupant experience includes air quality and specifically infection prevention practices for healthcare facilities. Dr. Betz is co-principal investigator for ASHRAE CO-RP-03 “Academic Research to Support Facility Guidelines Institute & ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170” and ASHRAE 1833-TRP “Literature Review for Evidence of the Basis for Specified Air Change Rates (ACR) for Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Laboratory Animal Facilities, and Health Care Facilities with Medium to High ACR”. He is also an ASHRAE Member and chair of SPC 191P Standard for the Efficient Use of Water in Building Mechanical Systems.

Dr. Maxwell Sherman received his Ph.D. in physics from Berkeley in 1980 and spent his career running a research group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  His is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham in the UK.  He has published over 200 papers most of which focused on air…including energy, IAQ and health impacts, focusing on smaller buildings such as homes.  His ASHRAE bio is long as he been on the Board of Directors, chaired many Standards and standing committees and currently lead the Residential Team on ASHRAE’s Epidemic Tasks Force.   His is a Holladay Distinguished Fellow and has won the Exceptional Service Award and the Standards Achievement award.

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Dr. Michelle Frey has over 30 years of experience in water processing and technology, including the development of risk-based models and analyses to support various decision-making needs.  ADM tapped Dr. Frey to lead the Air Quality Science Committee focused on ensuring safe conditions for ADM’s return to work strategy because of her deep understanding of various pathogen control technologies for water and air systems.  She has been working for the last six months with various consulting team members to develop and validate facility assessment tools so that risk levels and risk mitigation approaches can be identified for ADM facilities based on aerosol spread of COVID-19.

Carol A. Mori, PE, LEED AP, QcP Carol is a Project Engineer at General Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. She is a licensed Professional Engineer with 35 years of experience in HVAC design, consulting, contracting and building operations. Carol is an accredited LEEP AP and commissioning agent and member of ASHRAE, MSC, NFPA, and WGBA. As an ASHRAE member since 2005, Carol has participated in many committees including, Research and Promotion Co-Chair, Audit Committee Chair, Star Chapter Website Start-up Co-Chair, and Student Activities and presented at several Chapter meetings. She was a member of the Chapter Board of Governors from 2009-2216, Chapter President from 2014-2015 and became the CRC chair in Region VI for the 2016 Chapter Regional Conference held in Madison.

Ronald Wroblewski
Program Chair

Note: seats are limited for this event, and we will be inviting neighboring chapters to participate, so sign up early!

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Congratulations on an outstanding achievement!

Affiliated Engineers and American Family Insurance has been selected to receive a First Place ASHRAE Technology Award in the Commercial Buildings - New Category for the American Family Insurance “The Spark” project in Madison, WI. The ASHRAE Technology Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and operation of energy efficient buildings. The form of the award is a plaque for winning entrants and building owners.

Your project will be featured in the March 2021 issue of the ASHRAE Journal. Complete details regarding submission requirements for the Journal will be sent to you within the next month.

Congratulations from the Madison Chapter and Region VI.

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Student Activities

Student Activities

This is my 12th year (2 yrs. as Co-Chair and 10 yrs. as Chair) as the Student Activities Chair. I am sure this one will prove to be my most challenging year while dealing with COVID-19. I plan to keep students engaged in ASHRAE and the field of HVAC throughout the year. As always, I look to all of you, our members, to help with this important task.

I am proud of our two Student ASHRAE chapters at UW-Platteville and UW-Madison. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, they have managed to maintain their chapters and establish another board for the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year. Please join me in welcoming them. The Student Board of Governors for each school is as follows:

UW-Platteville Student ASHRAE chapter BOG:

Chad St.Cyr – President
James McDonough - Vice President
Austin Milligan-Kierzek – Secretary
Max Kisting – Treasurer

Professor Abulkhair Masoom – Student Advisor


UW-Madison Student ASHRAE chapter BOG:

Antonio Pulito – President
Ryan Jara - Vice President
Farold Dias – Secretary
Will Zimmerman – Treasurer

Professor Michael Cheadle – Student Advisor

This month’s meeting is recognized as the first of two annual “Student Night” meetings.  Our other “Student Night” meeting will be held in March 2021. During our March “Student Night” meeting, we make a push to solicit engineering student applications for the annual Gustus L. Larson Scholarship. Four scholarships are awarded for an amount of $1,500 each.

I look forward to continued involvement as the Student Activities Chair.


Jim Kraus
Madison ASHRAE Student Activities Chair
(608) 279-8367

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ASHRAE members have been working hard to research and share valuable information to help all of us better navigate the built environment in the midst of COVID-19.  What a great organization to be involved with!  Do you know someone who could benefit from involvement with ASHRAE?  Invite them to the next meeting!

We have a lot of experience within our ranks!  Long-standing members, email [email protected] and share your stories!  What has ASHRAE membership meant to you?

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions!

Here is a summary of the chapter membership numbers.

Area Assigned Members 255   2020-21 YTD
Current Membership  253 October  
New Members   0 5
New Students   0 0
Cancellations   0 6
Student Cancellations   0 3
Grade Advancement   0 0

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

Caryn Rader, PE, Design Engineer
Phone: 608.271.3900

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Region VI CRC, hosted by the Peoria Chapter was great!  The volunteers members, volunteers and sponsors did a fantastic job, making the second planned, virtual event a success.  The technical sessions were powerful, the workshops convenient and educational and the business meeting productive.  The Welcome party was quite fun and the awards banquet was full of creative and cute costumes and engaging. 

Thank you Peoria Chapter for the great event.  Look forward to seeing more from those who attended.

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Society Conference-Meeting

ASHRAE Headquarter' is occuppied and final contractor works is taking place.    

Take a virtual tour:

New Headquarters Virtual Tour

Keep up with the Epidemic Task Force by following the website:

2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo | Chicago, IL

The 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago has been canceled. The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Virtual Conference will take place in a convenient, online format February 9-11, and will include a mixture of live, pre-recorded and on-demand sessions. Additional details about the conference and committee meetings will be available in the coming weeks at

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Research Promotion

ASHRAE RP  Campaign

2020-2021 Madison Chapter Goal - $15,000

Since 1919, research has been the core of ASHRAE’s existence

ASHRAE Research is the largest program of fundamental and applied research supported by a technical society

–Currently 60+ active research projects, 40+ projects approved for further development

–55 percent of research is conducted by universities; 45 percent is conducted by private research or engineering firms

–Payments to active projects range between $2.5-3 million per year

Importance of Research

  • Improves the way building systems work and the way in which they are applied
  • Allows development of technical information to create standards and guidelines, which serve as the basis for testing and design practices around the world
  • ASHRAE funds projects addressing topics such as sound, duct design, the effect of oil in refrigerants, load calculations, thermal conductivity, simplified energy analysis procedures, weather data, refrigerant property data, fire and smoke control and solar design.
  • 845 research projects valued at $67.5 million conducted since 1960

See the ASHRAE video to learn more:

Support ASHRAE RP by donatingDONATE

      For information on RP, follow the ASHRAE link HERE.

If you have questions about Research Promotion please drop an e-mail.

Thank you,

Research Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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Meeting Minutes

Recent Meeting Minutes:

Recent Chapter Minutes:

  • September Meeting Minutes
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Treasurer’s Report

Recent Treasurer's Reports:

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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
Sep 14th  Pandemic Task Force - Government Affairs

Mike Wolf

 Gov Affairs n/a
Oct 12th IAQ In a Pandemic Dr Jason DeGraw Students Activities  
Nov 9th HVAC Strategies in a Pandemic Max Sherman    
Dec 14th Members Role Dane County      
Jan 11th 2021 Retro-Commissioning with an eye toward managing viral contagion       
Feb 8th        
Mar 8th        
Apr 12th        
May 10th         
Jun 8th Golf Outing 56th Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE Recognizes 2020 LowDown Showdown Modeling Challenge Teams
ATLANTA (October 19, 2020) – The competition was held virtually for the first time in conjunction with the virtual 2020 Building Performance Analysis Conference and Simbuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA.

ASHRAE Announces 2021 AHR Expo Has Been Cancelled
ATLANTA (October 15, 2020) – ASHRAE has announced that the 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL has been cancelled. ASHRAE worked alongside AHRI and Show Management to explore every possibility that could lead to hosting an in-person event, but unfortunately, the pandemic continues to present challenges and unpredictable variables.

ASHRAE Introduces Remote Online Proctored Exams
ATLANTA (October 14, 2020) – ASHRAE launches Remote Online Proctored examination as a safe, secure and convenient certification exam delivery mode. ASHRAE candidates are now able to schedule and sit for a certification exam from their home or office.

ASHRAE Announces 2020-21 Society Scholarship Recipients
ATLANTA (October 5, 2020) – ASHRAE has announced the recipients of 30 Society scholarships, totaling $167,000, for the 2020-21 academic year.

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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Website / Newsletter

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