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.
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
I wish you all to stay safe.
Ramy Girgis, PE
ASHRAE Northeast Chapter
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)
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)
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!!