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 President's Corner

In a world so seemingly unpredictable, I’m happy to welcome back one of life’s constants: the next year, in a line of great ones, for the National Capital Chapter! I hope everyone’s summers were enjoyable, and that you’re as excited as I am for the months ahead.

It’s an honor to serve as President of the National Capital Chapter this year. Your confidence and trust in me to keep our great organization going is humbling, and a charge that I take with enthusiasm. I want to take a moment to thank Omar Hawit and all of last year’s officers and committee members for giving us such a strong start. The support of our membership, as well as countless, and sometimes thankless, hours of volunteered time are what make our chapter one of the best in ASHRAE.

NCC’s Board of Governors has been working over the summer, planning and preparing for the upcoming season. We are very excited about the presentation topics and speakers we have scheduled. In addition, many of our volunteers will be making the trek down to the annual Region III Chapter’s Regional Conference (CRC) in Roanoke, VA. CRC is a two-day training held by Regional and Society level officers to give chapters the information and experience necessary to better serve our chapter during the upcoming year.

From a Society level, in his Presidential Address at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach in June (reprinted in the August 2017 ASHRAE Journal), Society President Bjarne Olesen outlined his vision for advancing ASHRAE as a worldwide, industry leader. His overall presidential theme will be “EXTEND” – focusing on three directives: EXTEND our global community, EXTEND our technological horizons, and EXTEND our value to members.

To support these goals, I have made my focus this year to be one of collaboration and value. Mainly, to partner with industry-peer organizations to encourage a breadth of membership. Which, in turn, will bring outside perspectives and expertise to the topics you’ve requested, ultimately adding value to our existing members. To update you on some of the exciting chapter news you may have missed over the summer, some of our chapter members have been recognized and honored with the following awards:

During the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, Katherine Hammack, former US Assistant Secretary of the Army, will be recognized by Society for her dedication to our industry by being granted ASHRAE FELLOW status.

With the help of Patti Gunderson, NCC secured four first place winners in the Region III Tech Awards:

    • Omar Hawit, DLR Group
    • Roger Chang, DLR Group
    • Gary Hamilton, SmithGroup JJR
    • Brian Coffield, SmithGroup JJR


In closing, I’d like to offer my appreciation and sincere thanks to our volunteers and their employers for continuing to support NCC operations. Without our volunteers, and their sacrifices, we wouldn’t have as strong an organization as we do. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

The first chapter meeting of the 2017-2018 year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th, at the Hilton Arlington Hotel. I’m excited to see you all there.


Jeffrey Colby

President, National Capital Chapter, 2017-2018

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Abdullah Karimi

As CFD Team Lead at Southland Engineering, Abdullah Karimi optimizes designs through CFD modeling. Prior to joining Southland, Mr. Karimi worked at Siemens Corporate Research on gas turbine modeling, and at Technlaysis, Inc as CFD consulting engineer. Mr. Karimi has relied on his experience in the aerospace, automotive, and turbomachinery industries to bring a high level of modeling technology expertise to our customers. His breadth of experience regarding data collections, pre-processing, running CFD simulations, and providing design recommendations has aided him on several confidential data center and casino projects, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Mr. Karimi received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is also actively involved in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.


Ramin Rezaei

Since joining Southland Engineering in 2014 as a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Analyst, Mr. Rezaei has been involeved in optimizing various desings through CFD analysis. Mr. Rezaei worked as a CFD engineer in an archituctrual/constructional firm for 2 years prior to joining Southland. His wide breadth of knowledge in mission critical, healthcare, and sports/entertainment markets has aided him on several confidential entertainment and mission critical projects, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Mr. Rezaei received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo. He recently received his engineering in training certificate and is actively involved in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers. 



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Please join the National Capital Chapter’s Women in ASHRAE for an evening of Speed Networking in Falls Church, VA!

Wednesday, November 1st

5-7 PM 

Mad Fox Brewery

444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA

Drinks and appetizers will be sponsored by Havtech.



Register online by Friday, October 27th, 2017.