Announcements

February Program: ASHRAE's Impact in the Industry -- Past, Present, and Future

ASHRAE La Crosse Webinar

Where: Go To Meeting

Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9193777991241495566

Speaker: Julia Keen

When: 2/18/21 12PM-1PM CST

Cost: Free

Julia Keen will be speaking about how ASHRAE has shaped the HVAC-R industry in the past and how its impacts will continue to matter in the future. 

Julia Keen’s biography:

Julia Keen is a Professor of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science at Kansas State University holding the Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering endowed chair. She also owns her own consulting company, Keen Designs, PA. Her specific areas of interest include HVAC design, energy codes, high performance design, HVAC education, and the advancement of women in the building design and construction industry.

Julia Keen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University. Upon graduation, she worked as a Mechanical/Electrical Project Engineer in Waterloo, Iowa. In this capacity she was responsible for the design of building systems from initial planning stages through final project inspection and completion. In July 2003, Julia accepted a faculty position with K-State in the Architectural Engineering and Construction Science Department. She completed her Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering (2005) and her Doctorate (2010) in Education both from K-State. She is a Licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer in Kansas and Iowa and holds two ASHRAE Certifications – High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Building Energy Audit Professional (BEAP).

In addition to her 9-month faculty appointment at K-State, Julia has the opportunity to stay current with the HVAC industry in a consulting capacity. Her consulting endeavors include performing as HVAC professional education consultant, engineering design, plan check and quality review, and acting as an owner’s representative in facility planning and project implementation.

Julia became involved in ASHRAE as a student member of the Kansas State University student branch. She has acted as the faculty advisor to this branch since 2003 during which time the chapter has routinely attended the ASHRAE winter meetings and the competition team that she has coached has finished first in the ASHRAE Design Competition six times.

Through the years, Julia has held several chapter positions including President of the Cedar Valley Chapter. She has also been involved in many Society level committees including: Finance, Publishing and Education Council, Planning, Publications, Conferences and Expositions, and Certification as well as chaired TC6.1-Hydronic and Steam Equipment and Systems. Julia served in the elected positions on the ASHRAE Society Board of Directors as Vice President (2017 – 2019) and Director-at-Large (2013 – 2016). As a DAL and VP she served as Ex Officio/Coordinating Officer to the Refrigeration, Society Rules, and Standards Committees and was a voting member of Tech Council. Her service to the organization was recognized in 2010 when she was given the Distinguished Service Award. Julia continues to promote her passion of HVAC education through the HVAC Essentials Course she co-developed and delivers for ASHRAE around the world. She was promoted to the grade of ASHRAE Fellow in 2016 and was presented with the 2018 ASHRAE E. K. Campbell Teaching Award.

Email: jkeen at ksu dot edu

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January Program: All About Annoying Noises in HVAC

ASHRAE La Crosse Webinar

Where: Go To Meeting

Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/246344229

Speaker: Guochenhao Song

When: 1/20/21 12PM-1PM CST

Cost: Free

Guochenhao Song achieved his bachelor’s degree at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. He joined Ray W. Herrick Lab at Purdue in 2018 and worked on an ASHRAE supported project for two years (1707-TRP, “Annoyance Thresholds of Tones in Noise as Related to Building Services Equipment”). Currently, he is transiting to work on acoustic material as a Ph.D. project. 

Email: song520@purdue.edu

Topic: Annoyance Thresholds of Tones in Noise as Related to Building Services Equipment

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November Program: Health-Associated Infections and Indoor Air Quality

As new research clarifies how essential the built environment is to patient healing and employee health and productivity, Dr. Taylor will communicate clear and up to date research on how indoor air management relates to patient healing, length of stay, and hospital profits. Given the exorbitant cost of healthcare, the frightening increase in antibiotic resistance, and the epidemic of patient harm from new infections, these insights offer exciting new tools that cannot be ignored. In addition, this study shows that the current focus on hand hygiene and surface disinfection to decrease transmission of infections will never be adequate without considering the added dimension of indoor management. For those still unconvinced about the value, the business case for these interventions will be presented. Best of all, these findings apply to all building types, not just hospitals.

 

Presenter: Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M. Arch

Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms.

During this time, she became increasingly concerned about patients who were harmed by new infection during their in-patient treatment. Determined to gain a better understanding of the impact of the built environment on patient well-being, she returned to school and obtained her Master’s Degree I Architecture and Engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. After working for several years in a healthcare design architecture firm, she founded Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc., in order to focus on designing, building and maintaining hospitals to better support patient healing. She quickly learned that many of the building and indoor air characteristics that affect people in hospitals also influenced the health of all people in buildings.

Dr. Taylor is currently working at the intersection of architectural design, indoor air management, the microbiome of the built environment and occupant health. She finds the impact of buildings on our health startling! Managing the built environment and indoor air with the goal of decreasing diseases from acute infections to chronic inflammation to cognitive impairment, is a very underutilized yet powerful approach to disease prevention. She finds that her physician insights and biological research helps her understand the science behind the interaction of buildings, human physiology and energy consumption.

Dr. Taylor has designed hospitals globally, from the United States to Papua New Guinea to Vietnam. In addition to her Taylor Healthcare Consulting work, she is a member of the Harvard Medical School Incite Health Fellowship. This program brings together multidisciplinary teams from across the US, trains them in design thinking and entrepreneurship, and gives them the tools and resources to guide the future of medical care.

To communicate her work and understanding about the fascinating convergence of human health, microbiology and architecture, Dr. Taylor writes monthly columns and bi-annual feature articles for Engineered Systems Magazine and publishes in other healthcare journals. She is an active member of ASHRAE, ASHE and national and international medical associations. When not working elsewhere, Dr. Taylor lives in beautiful Stowe, Vermont with her husband and eight dogs. One of her favorite activities is skydiving, which she finds is great practice for staying outside of her comfort zone!

 

Details

Date:     Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Time:    5:00-6:30 PM CST
Cost:     Free
Place:    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/717461861
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121

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ASHRAE La Crosse History for 2020 CRC

The La Crosse chapter of ASHRAE has a long tradition and we want that to be on display for everyone to see, even if they can’t come see our display in person this year. So, this post contains our most recent chapter history display and a presentation on the history of Trane TRACE software that was later published in a paper in ASHRAE Transactions, authored by our previous chapter historian, John Sustar. Enjoy!

2019 ASHRAE La Crosse CRC History display

Link to “History of Trane TRACE Software” presentation


Photos from “History of Trane TRACE Software” presented at ASHRAE Winter Conference 2020

Link to ASHRAE Transactions article.

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September Virtual Program: Indoor Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture

Presenter: Eric Sturm

Please join us this month while we kick off our 2020-2021 La Crosse Area ASHRAE virtual program schedule. We have spent some time this summer putting together an exciting list of presenters and topics for the upcoming year that our audience can enjoy from the comfort of wherever they choose. 

In this presentation, Eric will provide an overview of indoor agriculture and juxtapose it with comfort cooling. He’ll also review common load calculation methodologies and the determination of proper supply air conditions. Finally, he’ll review several common HVAC systems and their advantages and drawbacks.

About the Presenter

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Eric began his career at Trane. In his current role as an applications engineer, Eric’s areas of expertise include acoustics, airside systems, indoor agriculture, and indoor air quality. Prior to joining the applications engineering team, Eric spent several years in the Customer Direct Services (C.D.S.) department as a marketing engineer and product manager for the TRACE™ 700 load design and energy simulation application. As a C.D.S. marketing engineer, he supported and trained customers globally.

He is currently involved with ASHRAE as a representative on Members Council and member of the “indoor agriculture” and “sound and vibration” technical committees. Eric is the recipient of a Young Engineers in ASHRAE Award of Individual Excellence for service to the La Crosse Area Chapter and nationally recognized with an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award.

Date:    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Time:    12:00–1:00 PM

Place:    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/669611989

Cost:     Free

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