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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 started off our chapter meetings with a spotlight on ASHRAE's government affairs efforts, both nationally and on a local level.  It was different than our typical technical topics, and gave a great overview of what ASHRAE really offers our community leaders and officials on a wide array of topics within the built environment.   With our ASHRAE year well underway, the Board of Governors and our committee chairs have been working on great technical content and opportunities for us to connect throughout this year.   Please stay in touch with myself and our board with any suggestions on topics or ideas on networking within our chapter.  

The Region VI CRC was postponed from last spring and will be held at the end of October, virtually.  Support the Central Illinois Chapter by joining in with PDH earning technical sessions and other good ASHRAE Region VI fun.  Follow this link:  The workshops are a great way to learn more about ASHRAE workings at the chapter and region and meet great industry leaders.  Travel is not an issue, so join in as you will be more effective as a member, save time, frustration and befriends peers. 

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 October chapter meeting on October 12th, and please note the later time!   This presentation on IAQ will be interesting and relevant to current discussions we are all facing in our personal and professional endeavors.   

Jason Boatman

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2020-2021
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

October 12th, 2020


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

Virtual through Zoom

     Meeting ID: 827 9132 9711

IAQ and You in a Time of 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 "IAQ and You in a Time of Pandemic"


Jason DeGraw

About The Presenter:

Dr. Jason DeGraw holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a member of the R&D Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. DeGraw’s research work has focused on the numerical simulation of thermo-fluid flow phenomena at a variety of scales and in several different application areas. His recent work in building performance simulation has applications in indoor air quality, building security, and resilience. Dr. DeGraw is currently a member of the EnergyPlus development team, the U.S. DOE’s flagship building energy simulation engine. He is an active member of ASHRAE and is the founding chair of TC 2.10 Resilience and Security


The primary function of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that serve occupied spaces is to provide acceptable indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for those occupants. IEQ is often thought of as being comprised of multiple components, including air quality, thermal conditions, acoustic conditions, and lighting. The energy use of HVAC systems makes up a significant portion of the energy use of buildings, so the efficiency of these systems has long been a fundamental concern for modelers, designers, owners, and occupants. The “typical” approach to design balances providing minimum requirements with the energy use of systems. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is one component of IEQ that traditionally taken a backseat to other concerns until there is a problem, a situation that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the measures that have been proposed to reduce risk of disease of disease transmission are very expensive from an energy standpoint. This talk will outline the role of indoor air quality in the health and safety of occupants, discuss the role of holistic solutions to the overall problem of resilience, and propose potential paths forward

Ronald Wroblewski
Program Chair

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October 16, 2020 1:00 PM to November 02, 2020 10:30 AM

Along with many other conferences contending with the continued unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Vision 2020" Region VI CRC has been reenvisioned to become a fully virtual event.

Rather than 2.5 glorious days spent basking in the beauty of Peoria, Illinois, conference attendees will have the opportunity to pick and choose from workshops and webinars spread across 2.5 weeks from the comfort of their own desks (kitchen tables, couches, etc.)!

Register here for the discounted Full Technical Session Package, which includes access to all the technical sessions, including the Guideline 36 short course.

Register before October 16 and enjoy an additional Early Bird discount!

All other business meetings, workshops and general events can be registered for individually, free of charge! See the conference schedule for links to register for each of these events.


$100.00 Full Technical Session Package
$75.00 Earlybird rate before October 16

Register here:


Thanks to our supportive sponsors, speakers and Region officers for making this transformation possible!

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Join us for a 3-part webinar series dedicated to helping industrial and commercial customers “dial it in” by improving the energy efficiency and productivity of their facility. We will discuss building tuning processes and strategies that will highlight existing building commissioning, ventilation, heat recovery, and control strategies. 

Part 1: Existing building commissioning - watch in advance on-demand
Part 2: Common ventilation issues and heat recovery opportunities - Thursday, Oct. 1, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Central 
Part 3: Building control strategies - Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 - 11 a.m. Central

Learn more and register for the Virtual Energy Efficiency Forum.
No cost to view; earn free continuing education credits.


  • Miles Ryan, commissioning engineer, Questions & Solutions Engineering
  • Rebecca Ellis, president, Questions & Solutions Engineering
  • Bill Lobner, energy advisor, Focus on Energy
  • Sadith Osseni, energy project manager, Cascades

This webinar series is intended for facility managers and plant engineers of large, medium, and small industrial buildings in the Xcel Energy service territory. Commercial customers will also find value in attending.

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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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Society Conference-Meeting

ASHRAE Headquarter' renovation is about to be completed as our fine staff is preparing to move into this innovative retrofitted building.  

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

AHR Expo show management, ASHRAE and AHRI have decided that the 2021 AHR Expo will not take place in January and that a decision on a proposed alternate date of March 15-17, 2021 for the AHR Expo to be held in Chicago will be made by October 15, 2020. Please see the official update from AHR Expo here. 

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Research Promotion

ASHRAE RP  Campaign


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 19th        
Dec 14th        
Jan 11th 2021         
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 Learning Institute Announces 2020 Fall Online Course Series
ATLANTA (August 21, 2020) – ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) has opened registration for its 2020 Fall Online Instructor-led Course Series.

Making Polling Places Safer
ATLANTA (August 20, 2020) – As election season continues throughout the nation during the pandemic, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force is offering HVAC and water supply system guidance for polling places.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Building Readiness Guide
ATLANTA (August 18, 2020) – As many buildings are preparing to reopen during this pandemic, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has updated its reopening “Building Readiness” guidance for HVAC systems to help mitigate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

ASHRAE Global Training Offers Summer/Fall 2020 Fall Online Training Series
ATLANTA (August 6, 2020) – Register now for the 2020 Summer/Fall online training series course through the ASHRAE Global Training Center.

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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Website / Newsletter

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