By Richard Paillon, Scholarships and Grants Lead and Alicia Tan, Student Activities Chair

This year the Golden Gate Chapter of ASHRAE is awarding a total of $54,000 in scholarship money to fourteen students who have an interest in mechanical engineering, building technology, energy systems, or sustainable energy.  The money is derived from the Eric Thor Andresen Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Golden Gate ASHRAE Scholarship Fund.  The award process is managed by the Golden Gate Student Activities Committee headed by Alicia Tan.  The scholarship winners are all student members of ASHRAE with the exception of high school students.

This year it looked as though we would not get enough applicants for all of our scholarships, so we extended the application deadline by one week.  During that extended period members of the Student Activities Committee and the Golden Gate Chapter Board made a strong effort to solicit applications and we received an additional 27 applications.  Several board members and committee members then had the difficult task of narrowing the list of 38 applicants to the final winners.

2021 ASHRAE Annual Conference Grants | June 26-30, 2021

By Richard Paillon, Scholarships and Grants Lead

The Golden Gate Chapter would like to invite Chapter Students to apply for a grant for registration at the 2021 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Annual Conference that will be held on-line. The student registration fee for the previous ASHRAE virtual conference was $25; the chapter will cover whatever this year’s fee will be.

In the past ASHRAE hosted its annual conference and expo in major cities. The conference was normally attended by over 10,000 industry professionals.  The Golden Gate chapter would regularly sponsor ASHRAE student ASHRAE to attend the conference.  This year’s virtual conference (due to the Covid 19 pandemic) is a great opportunity to have many more student members take part in the activities.  There will be many live technical sessions and more recorded sessions available for 18 months.  See  Student members please put this on your calendar.  Applicants are required to:

  • Be an ASHRAE Student member enrolled in a college or university within the geographical area covered by the Golden Gate Chapter.
  • Attend at least 2 sessions at the conference.
  • Apply for the grant prior to registering online for the conference. A confirmation of the grant will then be sent to the student.
  • After attendance submit a receipt or acknowledgement of payment for conference registration and a list of the sessions attended.

Students may submit their grant request with their ASHRAE membership number to [email protected]  Those who do not apply for their grant prior to the deadline may still be reimbursed for attendance if there are grants left over after the normal application process.

Requests are due no later than 5:00 pm on June 23, 2021.

Call for Student Activities Committee Members

By Alicia Tan, Student Activities Chair

 Do you share our passion to connect students of all ages to STEM, engineering, and the local HVAC&R industry? In the Student Activities Committee you can help us:

  • Plan activities (the students love interacting with you)
  • Present at schools (they want to know how to be just like you)
  • Advertise and award scholarships & grants (they could use our help getting to the next level)
  • Connect university students to internships & full-time positions (maybe you’ll find someone you want to hire)
  • Crunch some numbers to earn the Golden Gate Chapter some sweet PAOE points (let’s be honest… we want to win and beat the other chapters)

If you are interested in joining the student activities committee, please contact [email protected].

Virtual HVAC 101 Course

By Alicia Tan, Student Activities Chair

Thank you to Don Brandt for teaching the Golden Gate ASHRAE HVAC-101 course on February 22nd and 23rd! It was a great introduction to HVAC for our student and YEA members!  If you missed it, you can find the slides and the recordings here.

If you're looking for additional learning opportunities, keep your eye out for courses from Don Brandt and other great instructors available virtually through the ASHRAE Professional Development website.

SmartStart Program for Recent Graduates

By Alicia Tan, Student Activities Chair

Are you a recent graduate looking to transition to industry?  Take advantage of the SmartStart Program for a three-year discount on the ASHRAE Associate membership.  The first year on the program is $25, the second year is $85, and the third year is $115.  Receive all of the member benefits, including the ASHRAE Handbook! 

You can find more information and applications for the SmartStart program here:

Looking for K-12 STEM Activity Ideas?

by Juliana, K-12 Lead

Have kids at home and looking for some activities to do with them?  You can find STEM activities on the ASHRAE Student Zone page.  Many of these use common household items.

Student Activities is creating a local Alumni Network!

by Megan Dawe, Post-High Lead

Calling all alumni from our Golden Gate schools to enter our Alumni Network database. This list will be provided to student members to make connections and increase involvement in the Golden Gate Chapter. Designation as 'available for mentorship' is optional - up to you!

Enter your information here: