ATLANTA ASHRAE recognized the achievements and contributions of members to the Society and the HVACR industry. Honors and awards were presented during the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference on February 9-11.

A list of awards and recipients are below:


The Society elevated 14 members to the grade of Fellow:

  • Cynthia Cogil, P.E., principal, SmithGroup
  • Donald C. Herrmann, BEAP, HBDP, vice president, D.C. Herrmann and Associates
  • David Michael Platt, retired
  • Martin Dieryckx, general manager, Daikin Europe
  • Tianzhen Hong, Ph.D., P.E., senior scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Rajan Rawal, professor, CEPT University
  • E. Curtis Eichelberger, Jr., P.E., principal consultant, Eichelberger Acoustics LLC
  • John M. House, Ph.D., principal, John House Consulting Services
  • Steven Tredinnick, P.E., CEM, associate senior project manager, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc.
  • Blake E. Ellis, P.E., principal, Burns & McDonnell
  • Ronald Judkoff, chief architectural engineer emeritus, Center for Building Technologies and Science, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • John O. Varley, P.E., HBDP, mechanical discipline manager, AAA Engineering Ltd.
  • Donald L. Fenton P.E., Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering, Kansas State University
  • R. Christopher Mathis, president, MC2 Mathis Consulting Company
  • Ibrahim Galal Hassan, P.Eng, Ph.D., professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar
  • James L. Newman, BEAP, OPMP,  founding member and managing partner, Newman Consulting Group LLC

ASHRAE Hall of Fame

William M. Mackay and Hugh J. Barron, founders of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE).

F. Paul Anderson Award

Samir R. Traboulsi, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE received the F. Paul Anderson Award. Traboulsi is an engineer, Thermotrade SAL

Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award

Charles C. Copeland, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE received the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award. Copeland is president and CEO, Goldman Copeland Associates, P.C.

Andrew T. Boggs Service Award

Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Presidential Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, received the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award. Olesen is director, International Center for Indoor Environment and Energy, and professor, Danish Technical University.

YEA Inspirational Leader Award 

Vanessa J. Freidberg, P.E. received the YEA Inspirational Leader Award.

E.K. Campbell Award of Merit

Chandra Sekhar, Ph.D., Fellow Member ASHRAE, received the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit. Sekhar is a professor, National University, Singapore.

Lincoln Bouillon Award
Ryan Pinckard, of the Oregon Chapter, received the Lincoln Bouillon Award. Pinckard is business development engineer, CHC Hydro.

William J. Collins, Jr. RP Award

Reed Coggins, P.E., of the Atlanta Chapter, received the William J. Collins Jr. RP Award. Coggins is application engineer, Lincoln Associates.

Homer Addams Award

Gabrielle McMorrow, of the National Capital Chapter, received the Homer Addams Award. McMorrow is a mechanical engineer (Energy), Architect of the Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Ralph G. Nevins Physiology & Human Environment Award

Shichao Liu, Ph.D., of the Boston Chapter, received the Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award. Liu is assistant professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

John F. James International Award

Peter Simmonds, Ph.D., received the John F. James International Award. Simmonds works for Building and Systems Analytics.

Standards Achievement Award

Paul A Lindahl, Jr., Life Member ASHRAE, of the Kansas City Chapter, received the Standards Achievement Award. Lindahl is a consultant, SPX Cooling Technologies.

Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award

Beatriz Salazar, of the Toronto Chapter, received the Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award, which recognizes excellence in chapter program endeavors. Salazar is designer – electrical, Smith and Andersen.

Student Activities Achievement Award

N. Kapilan, Ph.D., of the ASHRAE Bangalore Chapter, received the Student Activities Achievement Award. Kapilan is professor and head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology. 

Lou Flagg Historical Award

Bruce Flaniken, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, of the Houston Chapter, received the Lou Flagg Historical Award. Flaniken is manager of facility system design & construction engineering, Houston Methodist Hospital.

Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award

Paul W. Francisco, Fellow Member ASHRAE, of the Central Illinois Chapter, received the Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award. Francisco is associate director for building science, Applied Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Youth Outreach Award

Elise Kiland, P.E., of the San Jose Chapter, received the Youth Outreach Award. Kiland is a project manager, Critchfield Mechanical Inc.

Government Affairs Award

Elizabeth Tomlinson, P.E., of the Minnesota Chapter, received the Government Affairs Award. Tomlinson is senior mechanical engineer, Facilities Sustainability and Resilience Leader.

Exceptional Service Award

The Exceptional Service Award recognizes Distinguished Service Award recipients who have continued to serve faithfully and with exemplary effort. Ten members were recognized:

  • George W. (Billy) Austin, BCxP, BEAP, BEMP, CHD, HBDP, HFDP, OPMP, principal, Shultz Engineering Group, PC.
  • Wade H. Conlan, P.E., BCxP, commissioning discipline manager, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
  • Mark W. Fly, P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, executive director, Norman Asbjornson Innovation Center
  • Jeff Gatlin, P.E., central energy plant manager, Aramark Healthcare/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Carl C. Hiller, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, is president, Applied Energy Technology
  • M. Dennis Knight, P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, owner, Whole Building Systems LLC
  • Nicolas Lemire, P.Eng., HFDP, Fellow Member ASHRAE, president and CEO, Pageau Morel & Associates
  • Kevin L. Marple, president, Benz Air Engineering Co. Inc.
  • Tim McGinn, P.Eng., HBDP, retired
  • R. Lee Millies, Jr., P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, president, Millies Engineering Group.

Distinguished Service Award

The following 43 members were recognized:

  • Jason Alphonso, BEAP, OPMP, branch manager, Wood plc.
  • Kevin Amende, P.E., associate professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University
  • John S. Andrepont, Life Member ASHRAE, president, The Cool Solutions Company
  • Nathaniel Boyd, associate director, Utilities and Energy Services, University of Central Florida
  • Robin Bryant, project manager, B&I Contractors Inc.
  • Andrew Cochrane, P.E., vice president, Industrial Air Inc.
  • Michael Collarin, BEMP, senior engineer - Mechanical, Gresham Smith.
  • Wade H. Conlan, P.E., BCxP, commissioning discipline manager, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
  • John M. Constantinide, P.E., energy manager, U.S. Air Force, Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida
  • Michael P. Cooper, P.E., executive vice president, Bernhard.
  • Derek A. Crowe, P.E., senior associate/mechanical team leader, Stantec
  • Keith I. Emerson, Life Member ASHRAE, retired
  • Vanessa J. Freidberg, P.E., business development manager, Siemens
  • Joseph L. Furman, senior sales engineer, Automated Logic
  • James T. Hanley, retired
  • Nathan P. Hart, P.E., managing principal, RWB Consulting Engineers
  • Kristin Heinemeier, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, principal development engineer, Frontier Energy Inc.
  • Carl C. Hiller, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, president, Applied Energy Technology
  • Trenton S. Hunt, vice president, Mechanical Products NSW
  • Mark Jackson, Ph.D., sr. product manager, Indoor Environmental Quality, Daikin North America LLC
  • Thomas Allen Justice, Life Member ASHRAE, principal, Zene LLC.
  • Ganeson Kandasamy, product engineer, Trane Technologies
  • Firouz Keikavousi, Life Member ASHRAE, retired
  • Hyojin Kim, Ph.D., associate professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Lindsey King, energy model analyst, Oglethorpe Power Co.
  • M. Dennis Knight, P.E., Fellow Member ASHRAE, owner, Whole Building Systems LL
  • Stephanie Kunkel, P.E., associate, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc. (JMT).
  • Wichai Laksanakorn, P.E., Fellow Life Member, founder and chairman, W. and Associates Consultants Co. Ltd.
  • Nicolas Lemire, P.Eng., HFDP, Fellow Member ASHRAE, president and CEO, Pageau Morel & Associates
  • Xiaobing Liu, Ph.D., r&d staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Brian Lynch, HBDP, owner, Western Mechanical Solutions
  • Steven A. Marek, P.E., mechanical engineer, self-employed
  • Farhan Mehboob, consultant/director, S. Mehboob & Company
  • Tim Merrigan, Life Member ASHRAE, consultant, Energy Information Services
  • Corey B. Metzger, P.E., principal, Resource Consulting Engineers LLC
  • Ahmed Alaa Eldin Mohamed, Ph.D., chairman, Middle East Gate Holding Group
  • Carrie Anne Monplaisir, mechanical EIT, Clark Nexsen
  • Michael P. Sheerin, P.E., chairman and CEO, TLC Engineering Solutions Inc.
  • Michelle Swanson, mechanical project manager, The RMH Group
  • Michael L. Watz, Jr., P.E., engineering manager – Commercial Dampers, Greenheck Fan Corporation
  • Ronald L. Westbrook, P.E., Life Member ASHRAE, retired associate director of Physical Plant Utilities, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
  • Robert W. Yost, technical director, National Refrigerants Inc.
  • Chariti Young, software product manager, Automated Logic

Distinguished 50-Year Member Award

Twenty-three members were recognized:

  • Stephen A. Becker, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, senior mechanical engineer, Fellow, Lawrence Engineering Group
  • John B. Bisset, P.Eng., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, founder, Chorley + Bisset Ltd.
  • Richard Burr, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE
  • Charles D. Callahan, Life Member ASHRAE, retired general manager of commercial market, Oklahoma Natural Gas Co.
  • Richard E. Cawley, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, retired
  • Douglas Dewerth, Life Member ASHRAE
  • Francis Ferreira, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE
  • Robert H. Fuller, P.E., Life Member ASHRAE, mechanical engineer, Gutridge Mechanical
  • David F. Geary, Life Member ASHRAE, retired
  • Ralph Goldman, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE
  • Mark P. Hershman, P.E., Life Member ASHRAE, consulting engineer, Mark P. Hershman, PE.
  • Ronald H. Howell, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, retired
  • H. Gerhard Kerschbaumer, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, retired
  • John H. Klote, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, owner,
  • Wichai Laksanakorn, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, founder and chairman, W. and Associates Consultants Co. Ltd.
  • Valentine Lehr, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE
  • Franklin Y.S. Lum, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE
  • Stanley A. Mumma, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, professor emeritus, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ramesh Paranjpey, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, Kothrud
  • Mirza Mohammed Shah, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, director, Engineering Research Associates
  • Charles Simpson, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE
  • Stanley Slabinski, Life Member ASHRAE
  • Frantisek Vaculik, Life Member ASHRAE

Crosby Field Award

Charles S. Barnaby, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE and Peter Simmonds, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, are recipients of the Crosby Field Award for “Development of a Unified Tool for Analysis of Room Loads and Conditions. ” Barnaby is an independent consultant. Simmonds is president, Building Systems and Analytics.

Willis H. Carrier Award

Emily Ann Oldham received the Willis H. Carrier Award. The award is presented for “Energy Performance of an Occupancy-Based Climate Control Technology in Guest Rooms.” Oldham is designer, DLR Group. 

ASHRAE Technical Paper Award

The following papers received a Technical Paper Award, which recognizes the authors of the best papers presented at Society conferences.

  • Di Lu, Dennis L. O’Neal, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, and Peng Yin, Ph.D., receive an award for “A Comparison of the Annual Energy Use of Fixed and Variable Airflow Parallel Fan-Powered Terminal Units in a Small Office Building.” Lu is a graduate research assistant, Texas A&M University. O’Neal is Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Baylor University. Yin is assistant professor of mechanical engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Lisa Meline, P.E., and Stephen Kavanaugh, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, receive an award for “Geothermal Heat Pumps: Simply Efficient.” Meline is owner and principal engineer, Meline Engineering Corporation. Kavanaugh is professor emeritus, University of Alabama.
  • Douglas Reynolds, Life Member ASHRAE, and Michael A. Schwob, P.E., receive an award for “The Effect of Length on the Insertion Loss of Fiberglass Lined Sheet Metal Ducts, Part I: Rectangular Duct.” Reynolds is director, Center for Mechanical and Environmental Systems Technology. Schwob is president, Schwob Acoustics Inc.
  • Ngoc Dung (Rosine) Rohatgi, Ph.D., receives an award for “Effects of System Materials towards the Breakdown of Lubricants and Low GWP Refrigerants.” Rohatgi is president, Spauschus Associates Inc.

ASHRAE Journal Paper Award

Gwelen Paliaga, P.E.; Hui Zhang, Ph.D.; Tyler Hoyt; and Edward Arens, Ph.D., Life Member ASHRAE; receive the Journal Paper Award for the article, “Eliminating Overcooling Discomfort While Saving Energy.” The article was published April 2019.

Paliaga is technical director, TRC. Zhang is professional researcher, Center for the Built Environment, University of California Berkeley. Hoyt is staff engineer, Comfy. Arens is director, Center for the Built Environment, University of California Berkeley.

Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award

Mehdi Mehrabi, Ph.D., P.E. and David Yuill, Ph.D., P.E. are recipients of the Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award for “Fouling and its Effects on Air-cooled Condensers in Split System Air Conditioners (RP-1705).” The article was published July 2019.

Mehrabi is mechanical engineer, Paradigm Consulting Engineers. Yuill is assistant professor, Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Student Design Competition

The 2020 Student Design Project Competition focused on building a new 17,500 square foot document storage and archive center in Mumbai, India. The new facility’s purpose was to store rare documents, books, manuscripts, photos, and audio recordings in a manner that will ensure the preservation of historical items for future generations.

First place in the HVAC System Selection category was awarded to the University of Nebraska. Team members are Ashley Everitt, John Kramer, Jessica Lee, and Mitchael Sieh.

First place in the HVAC Design Calculations category was awarded to Cairo University. Team members are Eslam Mohamed Ali, Ahmed Mohamed Soltan, Amr Gamal Fawzy, Moustafa Ahmed El-Saeid, and Mark Magdy Fouad.

First place in the Integrated Sustainable Building Design category was awarded to Loughborough University. Team members are Alekhya Yalamanchili, Amr Suliman, Jacob George, and Mohamad Abdul Gaffoor Seyad.

Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge

First place was awarded to Bandung Institute of Technology – Wetonia, Bandung, Indonesia. Team members are R Muhammad Nadhir Nasrudin Tanujiwa, Alpinus Raditya Dewangga, Kamilita Hening Musono, Reza Dzikri Khusaini, Hilman Prakoso, and Selvia Diwanty.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards

First place recipients for the ASHRAE Technology Awards are:

  • Kwai Ping Lau and Raymond M. H. Yau, Ph.D., commercial buildings – existing buildings commissioning, Two Pacific Place. The building is owned by Swire Properties Limited.
  • Tomoaki Ushio, PE, P.Eng, Harunori Yoshida, Ph.D., and Shigemi Mori, existing commercial buildings category, Kyoto Station. The building is owned by Kyoto Station Building Development Company Limited.
  • Shana Scheiber, PE and Roger W. Lautz, PE new commercial buildings category, American Family Insurance “The Spark.’ The building is owned by American Family Insurance.
  • Brian K. Rose, PE, existing educational facilities category, Historic Mercy High School Renovation/Cincinnati Public Schools Gamble Montessori project. The building is owned by Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • Aaron Smith, P.Eng, BEAP, BEMP, Denis A. Morris and Andrew Bartlett, new educational facilities, the Dalhousie IDEA and Design Buildings project. The building is owned by Dalhousie University.
  • Reece Kiriu, PE and Jeff Stein, existing healthcare facilities category, Kaiser Vallejo Medical Offices. The building is owned by Kaiser Permanente.

First Place and Award of Engineering Excellence

First place and recipients of the Award of Engineering Excellence are:

  • Ned Greene, P.E., new health care facilities category, OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building. The building is owned by OHSU.

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