May 2015

Happy May, Golden Gate ASHRAE!  I would have liked to see some more April Showers, but I’m certainly enjoying my May Flowers (not to mention the tomatoes and squash that by backyard garden is already producing)! 

First off, I’d like to say a big “thank-you” to Autodesk and especially Stephanie Egger for hosting us for last month’s charrette.  It was a great opportunity to interact with architects and other local industry members who we usually don’t see as ASHRAE meetings. For those who were not able to secure a spot in the April charrette, I extend my deepest apologies – I wish we could have accepted everyone, but there simply wasn’t enough space to accommodate everyone who signed up.  Definitely keep an eye open for future emails from Stephanie (or Autodesk) and take advantage of a future event.  For those interested in visiting the gallery, it’s open (and free) to the public every Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a guided tour at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

There are just a couple meetings left this ASHRAE season, one of which is our May Product Show and Awards Night.  If you haven’t been to one before, it’s always a jam-packed evening.

  • The Product Show (starts early!) gives local reps a chance to show off new technologies, and other firms to network with the ASHRAE community.  I’m particularly interested in talking with new participant and local startup, STEM, about their energy storage and energy management software.  (Commercialism note – ASHRAE does not endorse any products or companies.  The sentence above is just an expression of interest from this data analytics nerd.)
  • Awards night is when we announce the Chapter Technology Awards.  We get to highlight some of the most notable projects designed by our local engineering firms, and announce the winners that will progress on to the Regional (and hopefully Society) award competitions.
  • All year, ASHRAE members participate in golf, clayshooting, tennis tournaments and marble draw.  The May meeting is your chance to see where your money is going.  We’ll invite this year’s scholarship recipients to talk to us about what they’re studying.
  • Last, but not least, the kids.  Golden Gate ASHRAE and the PG&E PEC have both selected winners of the Bay Area Science Fair.  The winners have all been invited to the meeting, and with a little bit of luck, the kids will present their studies/experiments.  Every year, I’m blown away by how smart these kids are.  The topics are things that I wouldn’t even have thought of in college, let alone Junior High and High School!

I’m looking forward to May 14th, and hope to see you there!

-Annie Foster Courtney

2014-15 Golden Gate ASHRAE President

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