Fall 2014 Study Groups

Check out the article on this in July's ASHRAE eSociety here! 

How Does it Work?

Members of all ages interested in participating must fill out and submit their registration through the NCC ASHRAE website.  (See registration link below).  Based on responses from registration, Study Groups will be formed on a “Rolling Admissions” basis based on the following criteria:

  •          Exam type and target exam date
  •          Preferred study location
  •          General availability
  •          At least one YEA member per Study Group
  •          No more than 6 people per Study Group
  •          One YEA member from each group will be required to act as a “YEA Facilitator”


What is a YEA Facilitator?

The YEA Facilitator is the person responsible for managing their assigned Study Group.  Generally, the YEA Facilitator will need to:

  •          Organize and facilitate Study Groups based on group member needs
  •          Determine dates, times and locations of Study Sessions


How can this Study Group Benefit Me?

Our first Study Group for the April 2014 examination had a 100% pass rate!  The following are testimonials from some of our most recent Study Group participants:

“One of the biggest benefits was getting to meet people outside of your office. Everyone had a really unique experience and it really helped the group to be well rounded. Everyone tackled problems differently and had different strengths and weaknesses so overall it really helped the study process. I know I personally learned a lot from my co-studiers. Plus, sometimes it just helps to have some people to commiserate with while you’re studying.”  – Mary Opalka, PE, LEED AP BD+C

I found so much value in meeting with other engineers going through the same exam anxieties.   I saw it as a great venue to discuss everything surrounding my personal, focused cramming: how to prep, what to study, where the exam is, what to bring, etc.  The PE study group was a great compliment to my own exam prep.” – Alex Wyczalkowski, PE, LEED AP BD+C

How Do I Sign Up?

Simply click the link below and answer all the questions!  Once submitted, the YEA Committee will contact you within a week regarding the status of your submission and will put you in contact with the appropriate chapter members.

Happy Studying!





WASHINGTON, D.C.—Excitement over science and engineering was visible during a recent festival at which ASHRAE exhibited. Some 325,000 people attended the Third Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival held over three days in late April in Washington, D.C.

The event is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the United States.

ASHRAE exhibited at the festival as part of its involvement in the HVAC&R Workforce Development Foundation, which is dedicated to leading an industry effort to develop and promote educational projects, programs, and partnerships to attract committed and skilled employees to a career in HVACR. Other members of the Foundation are the Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA); the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC); the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES); the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and North American Technician Excellence  (NATE)

As part of its exhibit, members from the National Capital Chapter conducted hands-on activities to illustrate how HVAC&R engineers control air in buildings. The experiments included hand boilers to illustrate gas volume and pressure changes in response to increased temperature and a balloon/cup activity to illustrate the power of ambient air pressure.

            “I love the opportunity to turn kids (and adults) on to the fascinating physics principles behind seemingly mundane, everyday things – fans, refrigerators, air and water,” Patti Gunderson, chair of the National Capital Chapter’s Student Activities Committee, said. “After telling Von Guericke’s story of the first vacuum pump so many times, I was able to see my audience’s understanding dawn. It was so much fun to watch their eyes when imaging the power of two eight-horse teams pulling mightily in opposite directions, or the pride of showing off a brand new invention to the Holy Roman Emperor. I love asking kids if they want to take home materials to share the experiment with a friend of relative, and reminding them that once they tell and it sell it, they own it!”

Mary Opalka , a volunteer with the National Capital Chapter, said she also enjoyed the event.

“One kid yelled ‘That’s magic!’ when I showed him the hand boiler,” she said. “I think it’s great that we do experiments that are easily re-creatable at home.”