ASHRAE Northeast Newsletter - February & March 2021



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March - Presidents Message

Hello Fellow ASHRAE Northeast Members,

Comfort - Energy Efficient - Cost

These are three challenges that every HVAC engineer is facing when designing any project. All of these factors are important to have a successful design. No factor is more important than the others. A successful design should achieve a balance between them.

We invite HVAC engineers in our chapters to share their experience on how they achieved this balance in their design. You can share with us, your thoughts, project story.etc. You can email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., We will publish your great experience in our monthly newsletter.

Update on our chapter: 

The audit committee is active and working on auditing our books. The audit committee members are:

 - Bill Gerstler (Chair)

 - Terry Seery (Vice-Chair)

 - Christine Harvey (Vice-Chair)


During February meeting the Nominating committee has been elected. The committee members are:

 - Gerard Marciano (Chair)


 - Terry Seery

 - Khaled Yousef

 - Mark Cambria

 - Kendra Potasiewiez

 - Christine Harvey

 - Stan Wethoff

If you are interested to join our ASHRAE chapter 2021-2022 BOG, please contact me and I will make sure to get you connected with the committee. 


Look for details soon about our virtual refrigeration tour.


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

 - Membership Promotion

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..


I wish you all to stay safe.

Ramy Girgis, PE

President 2020-2021

ASHRAE Northeast Chapter

March Chapter Meeting - Active Desiccant Dehumidifiers

Join us Tuesday, March 16th for March's Chapter Meeting on "Active Desiccant Dehumidifiers" 

This presentation will dive into the basics of how an actively reactivated desiccant dehumidifier works. We will also review applications where these technologies are appropriately applied. 



Register Here for GoTo Meeting:


March - Chapter History

Ramy Girgis, P.E.

Northeast Chapter President – 2020-21

Ramy Girgis was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and educated at the Helwan University, Faculty of Engineering-Matrya.  He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Power Engineering. 

His work experience includes:

-11/1999 to January 2006 as Junior Engineer and then Site Engineer at DMG-Egypt (Previously known as R*A Design Team) – Cairo, Egypt.

-3/2006 to June 2013 as Design Engineer and then Senior Engineer for AEC (Architectural & Engineering Consultant) – Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

-12/2013 to March 2017 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for Novus Engineering in Delmar, NY. 

-4/2017 to August 2019 as Senior Mechanical Engineer for Labella Associates.

-8/2019 to Present as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for ME Engineering.

Ramy’s whole career has been in the field of design of HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection Systems.  He was introduced to HVAC at college and after graduation he was in the HVAC field and really loved the industry.  It is a challenging field that is full of creativity.  It also makes you think about people and the environment.  You need to ensure people comfort, but at the same time you are trying to save the environment.

He was introduced to ASHRAE in Egypt by a contractor and he joined on January 31, 2010.  He feels that ASHRAE is the most internationally recognizable organization in the field of HVAC.  Also, he wanted to be current in the HVAC field.

Ramy served the Northeast Chapter as Secretary in 2016-17, then Treasurer, Vice President, President Elect, Chapter Alternate, Chapter Technology Transfer Chair, Chapter Administrator, Chapter Alternate and Chapter President for 2020-21.

He will probably be remembered as the Covid 19 President, but more importantly he got the new chapter website design started and promoted Refrigeration activity programs, instituted a chapter audit committee and formed a four-person (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) YEA committee.  Ramy would like to continue on with ASHRAE and has a strong interest in working with Chapter Programs. 

Ramy is married to his wife Marian Shehata and has a daughter Perpetua, a son Nicholas and another daughter Felicity.  In his spare time, he loves doing photography, playing table tennis and spending time with family.

We thank him for his service to ASHRAE and to the Northeast Chapter and we wish him future success.


By Stan Westhoff

Northeast Chapter Historian


(March 4, 2021)


ASHRAE 2021 Annual Conference To Be Held Virtually

Karen Buckley Washington
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ATLANTA (February 16, 2021) – ASHRAE announced that its 2021 Annual Conference, scheduled to be held in Phoenix, will now take place virtually.

Designed to provide the latest insights from industry leading expert in the built environment, the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference will provide focused, actionable and innovative content to support HVAC&R and building systems professionals.

“Our pivot to virtual conferences over the past year has been met with great success,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “Engagement from members and industry professionals from around the world in these events is a testament to the quality of our conferences and the importance of staying connected within the ASHRAE community. The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference will be a wonderful forum to share fresh ideas and unique approaches to tackle the challenges of our rapidly changing world. I look to extending our digital connection and I anticipate an immense level of interest and participation.” 

Conference attendees can expect:

  • Technical sessions from industry experts and thought leaders.
  • Online networking and social opportunities.
  • A chance for professionals to come together and connect with collaborators around the world.
  • A keynote presentation, roundtable decisions and expanded learning opportunities.
  • Updates and announcements from Society leaders.

Additional information on the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference, including committee meetings and registration details, will be made available in the coming weeks. For full information, visit

February - Chapter History

On January 15, 2021 the Northeast Chapter celebrates 70 years as a Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  ASHRAE is celebrating 125 years as a Society.

The charter meeting was held January 15,1951 at Panetta’s Restaurant in Menands, NY.  Society President Lester T. Avery presented the “Empire State Capital” Chapter Charter of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE) to temporary President Robert Taylor.  Mr. Taylor accepted the Charter and became the first Chapter President.  The chapter is the ninth chapter to be chartered by the Society.

Harry Levine was the first President of the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers. (ASRE)

In 1959 the two Societies merged to form the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  The name of the chapter became the Northeastern New York Chapter.  Muncy E. Waddell was the chapter president.

In 1991 the Chapter President was Joseph K. Ting.  The name of the chapter was changed to the “Northeast Chapter” partially in response to the closing of the Western Massachusetts Chapter.

April will celebrate our Life Members at the chapter meeting.  I invite all Life Members to attend the April meeting.

Submitted by Chapter Historian,


Stan Westhoff (2/2021)


ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful Virtual Winter Conference

ATLANTA (February 15, 2021) – The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference concluded with more than 1,800 people in attendance over three and a half days and presentations from industry thought leaders from around the world.

The conference which ran from February 9-12, featured 59 live sessions, 27 Q&A chats with presenters of Conference Paper Sessions and 80+ on-demand sessions. In the weeks leading into the conference, committee members also participated in meetings of technical, standards and standing committees, developing guidance for the future of the industry and ASHRAE.

The technical program included numerous, highly attended sessions, on the diverse topics surrounding rapid changes in technology, policies, tools and engineering practices related to the pandemicTop sessions included ‘Building Operation and COVID-19: Standard of Care,’ ‘What Did Building Do During the Pandemic, and How to Make your Buildings More Resilient’ and ‘Lessons from Managing Infrastructure through the COVID Shutdown.’ Other highly attended sessions include cutting edge labs, IAQ, ASHRAE standards, ethics, controls and energy efficiency. Attendees also observed new equipment and products demonstrated by conference sponsors.

“The ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference provided an ideal place for our members and industry professionals to connect directly with each other, to explore the latest research and learn how to address the challenges that we all face in establishing healthy indoor environments for building occupants,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “We were pleased to be able to showcase the new and exciting ways we’re moving ASHRAE forward as a society and how our resources have become an invaluable asset as the world learns more about the relationship between infectious disease mitigation and indoor air quality.”

The conference kicked off with the ASHRAE Meeting of the Members, including a Secretary’s Report from ASHRAE Executive Vice President Jeff Littleton and the State of the Society address from President Gulledge, updating the membership on the traction gained from his society theme, “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.” Both spoke on recent society accomplishments including a successful research promotion campaign, the work of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force during the pandemic, the establishment of a diversity task group, government affairs involvement and the opening of ASHRAE’s new Global Headquarters.

“ASHRAE volunteers remain committed to sharing their valuable time, wisdom and expertise – they remain steadfast in their determination to make the world a better place through ASHRAE,” said Littleton during his report. “Thank you to the thousands of volunteers at the society, regional and chapter levels that have adapted and persevered – and in many cases flourished – under these trying circumstances. Because of you, ASHRAE will emerge from the pandemic stronger and more influential than ever before.”

The ASHRAE Meeting of the Members video can be found at

Attendees received a behind the scenes look at the innovative solutions that went into ASHRAE’s new global headquarters through an in-depth technical tour of the building, guided by ASHRAE Building Ad Hoc Committee chair Ginger Scoggins.

The ASHRAE Global Headquarters technical tour video can be found at

The accomplishments of 165 outstanding ASHRAE members were recognized during special honors and awards segments each day, including the elevation of 16 members to level of ASHRAE Fellow.

All technical sessions are now available on-demand to registrants for the next 18 months. Registration for the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Conference remains open for both individuals and groups at

Coming Soon!!

In keeping up with technology, we are moving forward with the next revision of the ASHRAE NE website. I am excited to see this, and I hope all of you are as well. I have been in contact with the developer and we are looking at a tentative launch of the new site around the end of March. More details to follow!!


Upcoming Events:

April Monthly Chapter Meeting - Electrical Know-how for Mechanical Engineers and Designers

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:00am - 05:00pm

Please join us for April's Chapter Meeting on "Electrical Know-how for Mechanical Engineers and Designers" presented by Andrew Wilsey, PE from Quantum Engineering Co., P.C.

Within this presentation, Andrew will do an introduction to basic electrical concepts and demonstrate how they get applied to mechanical systems / HVAC equipment. This is essential to both Engineers and Designers as they specify projects that include motors, disconnect switches, starters, VFDs, etc.  Having a basic understanding of electrical concepts and how they relate to the design and specification of HVAC and other mechanical equipment is important. 

To register - click the link below and follow the instructions:


Speaker Bio:


Andrew Wilsey has 20+ years of experience with the MEP/FP consulting engineering firm, Quantum Engineering, with 15+ years specifically within the electrical engineering department.  He obtained his Professional Engineering (PE) license in 2011. Andrew has designed and managed low-voltage and medium-voltage projects in various market sectors, including Commercial, Healthcare, Higher Education, Mission Critical, Government and Historic Preservation.  Andrew is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering.  He is currently the Treasurer of the ASHRAE Northeast Chapter.

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May Monthly Meeting (ASHRAE & ASPE) - Introduction to Membrane Capacitive Deionization (CapDI) Water Treatment Technology

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 12:00pm - 01:00pm

Please join us for May's Chapter Meeting on "Membrane Capacitive Deionization (CapDI) Water Treatment Technology, and its Applications" presented by Joshua Summers from Voltea. 

Within this presentation, Joshua will introduce Membrane Capacitive Deionization (CapDI) Technology which is a low energy, high recovery option for Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) reduction and water treatment. He will review this innovative water treatment technology, explaining how it works, as well as sharing its advantages over other traditional treatment methods. Armed with this information a number of case studies will be shared establishing the breadth of this technology in existing installations ranging from residential whole home water treatment, through light commercial applications such as cafes and service stations to industrial applications in automative, cooling tower make up and wastewater treatment and recycling applications. These examples will demonstrate how CapDI can reduce water usage, minimize costs, improving operation and performance with your industries and companies.

To register, click the link below and follow the instructions :


Speaker Bio

Josh Summers was born and educated in the UK, holding a Master’s degree in Chemistry. He has worked for Voltea since 2011, progressing through the company; initially joining the R and D team, leading the Service team, and now manages Sales in North America. This progression allows a good breadth of knowledge of CapDI technology and the water industry ensuring the customer always receives the best service and results.

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Monthly Meeting: Webinar Presentation on Desiccant Dehumidification

Tuesday, 16 March 2021


This presentation will dive into the basics of how an actively reactivated desiccant dehumidifier works. We will also review applications where these technologies are appropriately applied.


Register Here for GoTo Meeting:


Speaker Bio:

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith 

President of DrySolutions

Kevin leads all the Sales, Service, and Business Operations of Dry Solutions™. Kevin has strong relationships in Industrial Processing, Ice Arena, and Food Processing markets throughout North America. He started his career with Munter’s Corporation in 1991 and has served thousand’s of dehumidification applications. Kevin leads customers to their desired weather conditions, meeting and exceeding critical application needs. Kevin is married to Stephanie, has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Kevin loves developing new product inventions, downhill skiing, golf and travel.

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