President’s Corner

President’s Corner

Happy Spring! I hope you all have been enjoying the cherry blossoms (or at least staying sane with all the tourists and traffic)! Despite Metro’s breakdown, the March meeting was unbelievably successful. Nothing can keep our members from attending interesting programs! Thank you to PES speakers Chris Skoug, Omar Hawit, and James Brackett, each with a different perspective on Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) and to Eli Howard who provided our members an update on SMACNA HVAC duct construction standards.

Our last chapter meeting of the year will be held on April 13th at the Hilton Arlington in Ballston. We will welcome Robert Yost for a PES on refrigerants, including research into new refrigerants. For dinner, we look forward to Dr. Jim Freihaut who will speak on cogeneration.  Please remember to register before noon on Friday, April 8th if you plan to attend in order to take advantage of the early registration discount.

The primary April meeting theme is Students and we will be recognizing student scholarship winners from the University of Maryland, College Park and from Catholic University of America. Additionally, we will recognize several other NCC winners of ASHRAE awards. During our April meeting, we will also focus on membership promotion and sustainability, so please take the Metro and bring a colleague!

While April may be the last chapter meeting of the 2015-2016 year, our events will keep rolling! Women in ASHRAE (WiA) have a final event on Thursday, April 21st – a panel discussion covering the reasons women are leaving engineering, what can be done to reduce stereotyping and how to affirm leadership. All building professionals, both men and women, are encouraged to attend! There are two events planned to benefit ASHRAE research promotion – the sold-out golf tournament on May 11th and register now for a team cornhole tournament on April 26th at Whitlows in Arlington, VA.

NCC’s Student Activities Committee has two big events planned and we need volunteers for the USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 15th, 16th and 17th as well as the 5th Annual Maury Think Tank and STEM Expo. Both of these events will influence and delight hundreds of children and we are in desperate need of volunteers. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact

Thank you for your support of our chapter activities!

Best Regards, 

Laura Petrillo-Groh

President – National Capital Chapter, 2015 – 2016   




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