ATLANTA — Heat was the focus of two ASHRAE engineering competitions.

The 2015 Design Competition focused on a three-story classroom and office building in Doha, Qatar, while its Applied Engineering Challenge asked students to design a collapsible, portable, conditioned shelter for treatment of heat-illness victims. Thirty-nine teams representing 10 countries entered the competition.

First place recipients in the HVAC System Selection category included University of Nebraska-Lincoln students Brianna Brass, Matthew Easlon, Feinschule Hagwon, Mary Kleinsasser, Ben MacKenzie, and Rachel Obenland. David P Yuill served as the team’s faculty advisor and Joe Hazel, vice president and senior engineer, Specialized Engineering Solutions; and Dan Karnes, mechanical project engineer at Leo A. Daly, served as industry advisors.

Students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln also earned first place in the HVAC Design Calculations competition. Team members include Kristin Hanna, Garrett Johnson, and Mark Wilder. Yuill, again, served as the faculty advisor.

First place in the category of Integrated Sustainable Building Design went to a team from Portland State University. Team members included Krestina Aziz, Adam Buchholz, Nicole Dunbar, Lee H. Han, Joel Joiner, Osman Sarper Kucuk, Blake Reynolds, Natalie Sherwood, Huy Tran, and Alex Wilson. The faculty advisor was Huafen Hu.

The first-place Applied Engineering Challenge recipients represented a California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Members include Miren Aizpitarte, Cinthya Mendez, Julia Stone, and Willis Tang. Jesse Maddren served as a faculty advisor.

The projects will be shared at the 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference, Jan. 23-27, in Orlando, Florida.

Publication date: 12/7/2015 

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