The Air Movement and Control Association International held technical workshops with the ASHRAE’s United Arab Emirates Falcon chapter at Amity University Dubai and a Sheraton hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  

AMCA officials said more than 100 aspiring engineers attended the morning presentation, which was organized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Falcon chapter in partnership with Amity University’s ASHRAE student leadership team.

In the evening, AMCA Middle East held a workshop on indoor air quality, which officials said drew more than 150 attendees.

William Bahnfleth, professor and director of the Indoor Environment Center within the department of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University, was the keynote speaker for both sessions. Bahnfleth is a past president of ASHRAE and is a distinguished lecturer for the society. His morning address covered topics in HVAC technology, while his evening presentation covered the integration of indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

Michael Ivanovich, senior director of industry relations at AMCA, also spoke at both sessions and covered topics on how to save energy in air systems. He also provided an update on the organization’s sand louver certification program, which is now in its second year.

“To host multiple events in one day with ASHRAE Falcon chapter demonstrates AMCA’s support for ASHRAE’s professional and student members in the Middle East and North Africa region,” said Mark Stevens, AMCA’s executive director. “We view our collaboration with ASHRAE for continuing education as a key instrument for AMCA’s growth in the region.”          

Liju Thomas Eapen, president-elect of ASHRAE’s Falcon chapter, said the partnership between the society and AMCA further confirms their push for higher standards.

“The attendees heard from two distinguished speakers with over 50 years of industry experience and had the opportunity to clarify their questions on the services provided by AMCA in the Middle East,” Eapen said.