ASHRAE Northeast Newsletter - January 2021



Greetings !




Presidents Message - January 2021

Hello Fellow ASHRAE Northeast Members,

Happy New Year. I wish everyone got a nice break and have a happy holiday… It was nice to take a break and enjoy some time with family. 

There are two important events which are coming in February. The first one is ASHRAE Winter Conference (February 9-11, 2021). The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference will take place in a convenient, online format. Attendees can join live discussions with top experts, learn the latest updates relating to COVID-19, and have access to 90+ technical sessions for 18 months. Group rates are available, and members register for just $249.


The second event is The Capital District’s 41th Anniversary Celebration Of National Engineers Week In The Capital District (February 11-12, 2021). The Capital District E-Week’s focus is to promote the Engineering Profession.  The purpose of this event is to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to the quality of life, promote the importance of technical education including a high level of math, science, and technology literacy among parents, teachers, and students, and motivate youth to pursue engineering and related careers to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.


Update about our chapter, we are currently in the process of updating our website. We have contracted with a web development company to update our website to be more user friendly. Thanks To Todd Turcotte (Chapter Webmaster) for his effort with the website development company.


As always, we are looking for volunteers to join our board. We have a few positions and chairs that we are looking for our members to help with. 

- Refrigeration Committee

- Young Engineer Committee

- Research Promotion committee

- Award & Honor Committee

- Program committee

If you are interested to join any of these committees or you want to get more information about them, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.';document.getElementById('cloakb0d737db21e4f214787cd345afe1883f').innerHTML += ''+addy_textb0d737db21e4f214787cd345afe1883f+''; .

I wish you all to stay safe.


Ramy Girgis, PE

President 2020-2021 ASHRAE Northeast Chapter

Research Promotion (RP): January 2021

Happy New Year, ASHRAE Northeast Chapter Members!  I hope the new year brings health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone in a way that offsets the turmoil of this past year.  It certainly has been difficult, but we will all persevere and be stronger as a result of these challenging times.

I am very happy to announce that our Chapter has achieved Full Circle Plus this year!  I want to thank my fellow Chapter Officers and Board of Governors who contributed to the Research Promotion (RP) Campaign!  It is greatly appreciated and sets a great example for our fellow members to follow.

We currently have raised $1,455 (13%) of our $11,500 RP fund raising goal for the year.  We still have a way to go to hit our goal by June 15, 2021 but there is still plenty of time to donate and show your support for ASHRAE’s industry advancing research and standard development, along with other educational and scholarship programs!

With the Governor’s State of the State Address, it is clear that New York State is setting out to be an example for progressing a “Green Energy Economy.”  Many of those initiatives will be based upon research and standards that ASHRAE has been involved with developing over its 125 year history.  ASHRAE continues to advance sustainable efforts and provide guidance on modernizing our future for generations to come.

As mentioned in the last RP newsletter update, COVID-19 has disrupted a few of our normal RP fund raising techniques.  And with social distancing policies still warranted in the near-term future, those opportunities will continue to be disrupted.  However, donating doesn’t need to occur at an event.  It is as simple as going to ASHRAE.ORG/CONTRIBUTE.

Please note that donations to RP do not go solely into research.  RP funding also goes toward other great elements of ASHRAE such as developing learning and educational programs, scholarships, and the support of Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA).

If you have any questions regarding Research Promotion, please do not hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your continued support!

Andrew Wilsey

2020-2021 Treasurer / RP Committee Chair

Get to Know your ASHRAE Board : Januarys Monthly Interview

Starting this ASHRAE year each month one of our many volunteers on our Northeast ASHRAE Board, who help make the Chapter what it is, will be interviewed. Not only will this give our other members an opportunity to get to know them better (especially while we have virtual meetings), but it will also give the opportunity to learn more about what each person is involved in within our Chapter. Learning about the positions within our Chapter Board is a great starting place to getting involved!

This months interview is with Stan Westhoff, who is our Chapters current Chapter Historian. The questions are the black underline, and her responses are in blue underneath.


1.    What is your current role with our ASHRAE Chapter and what does that entail for Board responsibilities?

I currently serve as Chapter Historian with responsibility for documenting chapter history.

2.    How long have you been in the industry / ASHRAE and what experience do you have?

I started in the industry over 50 years ago when I started working for York at the headquarters in York, PA after serving in the Navy.  I went through their Graduate Engineering Program and was assigned to the Commercial Air Handling and Refrigeration Products Division.  After the birth of my son we moved to Wilton, NY and started with Eastern Refrigeration as an Assistant Service Manager and moved up into a Sales Engineer position later to Vice President and General Manager before leaving to start a service company for Tougher Industries and served as General Manager.  I left Tougher Industries to become a Sales Engineer in Building Automation Products for Trane.  I retired from Trane, but later took a position with Honeywell Service Sales and finally I worked for Unilux Advanced Manufacturing as a Sales Associate at their Headquarters in Niskayuna, NY working with their distributors world-wide in the sales of boilers.


I was introduced to ASHRAE at Eastern Refrigeration and have been a member of ASHRAE for 46 years.   I was asked to serve a Membership Promotion Chair by William Jacobs.  I then went on to serve as Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President in 1985-86.  I went on to serve the Region as a Refrigeration Chair and member of the Society Refrigeration Committee and chaired the Refrigeration Committee for two years before moving on to Region I Director and Member of the Society Board of Directors.  After three years in this position I went on to serve on the Technology Council, Nominating Committee for Region I and as Regional Historian.  Last year I was Chair of the Society Historical Committee. I currently am the Regional Historian.  I have been honored to have received the following awards, Presidential Award of Excellence, Most Improved Chapter, Chapter Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, Distinguished Service Award and Exceptional Service Award.

3.    What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?

I was an avid runner up into my 70's before moving over to rowing with the Saratoga Rowing Association.  I row singles, quads and eights.  I also enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, riding my motorcycle and shooting sports.

4.    What is your favorite thing about being involved in ASHRAE?

I thought ASHRAE was the place to be if you were in this industry.  I enjoyed the people in ASHRAE and the opportunity to learn from those in the industry and to teach those coming into the industry and ASHRAE.


January Meeting - Air Curtains and UVC-Aire

REMINDER : Please Register for the monthly meeting in two places! 

1. First here on ASHRAE Northeast Chapter website 

2. Register here with GoTo Meeting


January - Chapter History

The Past Presidents & History meeting was a virtual meeting on December 15, 2020.  A chapter history display photo was presented and discussed by historian Stan Westhoff.  Northeast Chapter Presidents attending this meeting were as follows:

Richard Vehlow – 2005/06, Khaled Yousef – 2007/08, Christine Harvey – 2009/10 and Stan Westhoff – 1985/86.

Society President Charles Gulledge presented his theme for the year “Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0”.  The presentation was interesting and well received.

This year the Northeast Chapter is celebrating 70 years as a chapter. 


Submitted by Chapter Historian,

Stan Westhoff (1/2021)

ASHRAE Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2020-2021

Going forward until further notice Northeast ASHRAE Monthly Meetings will be virtual using Goto Webinars. Below is the scheduled dates for 2020-2021 - as presenters are announced we will keep you posted. 

To get started, click on the following registration link for that specific monthly meeting date. Put in your name and email information and click "Register". Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email sent to the email you provided with instruction on how to access the meeting. You will also get a reminder email 1 day before and 1 hour before with the meeting information and access to join the webinar.

Northeast Chapter Monthly Meeting 

Click to the link to Register for the Monthly Meeting 

Tues, Dec 15, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tues, Jan 19, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Apr 20, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, May 18, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference Registration Is Open

ATLANTA (December 1, 2020) – Registration is now open for the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference, February 9-11, 2021. The convenient online format of the conference will allow for global participation with a group of the world’s leading presenters delivering timely and useful industry content.

“ASHRAE’s Virtual Winter Conference will include three-days packed with learning and live discussions from top experts,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “This is the perfect platform and opportunity for built environment professionals to take advantage of the Society’s strong technical content. The conference will provide us the opportunity to amplify ASHRAE’s important research and resources to address the challenges of the times we’re living in.”

The conference will feature nearly 98 live and on-demand sessions with updates from Society leaders and virtual networking events. Technical sessions will address building performance, COVID-19, energy conservation, refrigerants, ethics, equipment and standards. Conference registration is now open at

During the weeks leading up to the conference, ASHRAE will also conduct virtual business, committee and technical meetings that are typically held during onsite at the Winter Conference.

The cost to attend the virtual conference is $249 for ASHRAE members ($479 for non-members, which includes an ASHRAE membership for one year). For additional pricing, please visit

Registration includes:

Tuesday, February 9 – Thursday, February 11 – Live Event

  • More than 35 technical sessions presented live, including sessions scheduled for live participation from attendees in different time zones across the globe.
  • Leadership Moments providing updates from Society leaders.
  • Keynote presentation hosted by Women in ASHRAE.
  • Live 30-minute forum sessions for interactive participation.
  • Opportunities to interact with fellow attendees in 30-minute round table discussions and meet-ups.
  • Recognition of more than 150 award recipients of ASHRAE’s most prestigious society awards.
  • Conference proceedings. Download the technical papers, conference papers and extended abstracts.


  • 26 live Q&A chat sessions for on-demand paper session for the opportunity to chat with speakers scheduled on Friday, February 12.
  • All sessions presented live will be recorded and available on-demand until August 11, 2022.
  • Over 80 additional on-demand sessions accessible on your terms for 18 months.

The technical program is comprised of eight tracks, exploring occupant comfort, energy systems use and examining how to improve HVAC efficiency on a global scale.

"Engineers and designers are being tasked to take closer looks at buildings and their systems to provide comfort to the occupants while also finding ways to reduce the impact on the environment and energy use,” said Maggie Moninski, chair of the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference. “The 2021 Winter Conference attendees will be given a great opportunity to learn from some of the leaders of the industry with a focus on the foundations of the HVAC&R industry along with specialty topics like International Design and the Future of HVAC Work."

ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. will provide an update on the 2020-21 Society theme, The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.” Members will be recognized for the industry and Society accomplishments. Major contributors to ASHRAE’s Building campaign, RP campaign and scholarship donors will also be recognized.

Professional development hours can be earned for all on-demand sessions and more than 35 live sessions upon successfully completing a short quiz. Registration includes access to all the technical content on-demand for 18 months. Company packages are also available.
To learn more and to register, visit


Upcoming Events:

Monthly Meeting: Webinar Presentation: Air Curtains and UVC-Aire

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:00pm - 01:00pm



Air Curtains

Register here with GoTo Meeting



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