Get to Know your ASHRAE Board : Octobers 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 Marianne Schumacher, who is our Chapters current Vice President. 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?

My currently role with the chapter is VP / Newsletter Editor. Each month I participate in chapter meetings as well as post articles on our chapters website and create the newsletter that gets sent out to each member.

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

I first joined the HVAC industry after graduating from Clarkson University in 2014. That was also the time I first joined ASHRAE out in the Rochester, NY chapter. For work experience I was first an account manager and helped customers design / provide building automation systems. Within the ASHRAE chapter I also became the Research Promotion Chair. I then transitioned into engineering project layouts for building automation systems and did that for a few years with two different companies which lead me to move to the Albany area. I transitioned roles within my company about a year ago and now support our internal engineers and account managers in use of our internal toolsets. Within our Northeast ASHRAE Chapter, I have been the Research Promotion chair for many years previously and excited to now be in this VP position.    

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

I have lived in the Saratoga Springs area for almost 4 years now since moving out this way and enjoy doing multiple different things depending on the season. I have liked going to ski at the mountains out this way or in VT, hike the ADK’s with my pup named Meeka, and enjoy concerts at SPAC.  

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

I have really enjoyed meeting others within the industry and learn about their experiences. ASHRAE is the foundation for our industry’s knowledge base and its great to work alongside people that recognize this and are eager to help promote this organization.

 

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quantum   

This month I had the pleasure to speak with Curt Wilsey, P.E Principal, of Quantum Engineering.

 

Curt was born and raised in Selkirk, New York and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is now the owner and President of Quantum Engineering based in his hometown of Selkirk. Curt has been a member of ASHRAE since 1987; having served as President from 1996 to 1997 and Chapter Historian from 2002 to 2003.

 

Engineering has always been a family affair, beginning with Curt’s father. Curt’s father was an engineer and owner of an engineering consulting firm where Curt worked as a kid. He would spend his nights and weekends in high school working with father drafting plans. This, at times, would take away from his regular school work. Luckily, his teachers would allow him to submit the drawings he was working on with his father in lieu of the required homework, as long as he could explain them. Today you can find his wife, daughter, and son all working side by side with Curt at Quantum Engineering.

 

Curt has had a long and prestigious career with countless highlights. He helped design the ventilation system at the Knickerbocker Arena, now the Times Union Center, along with the Department of Transportation building located at 50 Wolf Road in Colonie. Most recently, Curt and his team of elite engineers designed the HVAC system for the historic home of James Madison, fourth U.S. President, in Virginia. The home, built in 1767, is over 12,000 square feet, featuring 22 rooms, and quite obviously presented many engineering challenges.

 

Curt and his team were able to meet each and every challenge. Of the utmost importance was designing a system that would preserve the extensive collection of original furniture, documents, and textiles. So, where do you install a sophisticated system of HVAC equipment in house over 250 years old? Curt and his team designed a 1,000 square foot utility bunker, 18 feet below the ground. The design includes a geothermal system that provides a renewable, efficient, and discrete heating and cooling system that can operate without being noticed.

 

When Curt is not spending time on his many projects, you can find him watching the Giants, savoring his wife’s tuna casserole, or admiring his collection of vintage mechanical equipment. If you ever have the chance to have a conversation with Curt, jump at the opportunity. I had a great time interviewing Curt and getting to know him better. You can always count on him and his company, Quantum Engineering, to support ASHRAE NorthEast.

 

Jason Filler

Membership Promotion Chair

 

 

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Member Spotlight - Doug Page

Doug Page a member of ASHRAE Northeast as well as many other professional organizations recently did a presentation about Duct Opening Protectives at E-week. Click on the link below to see his presentation.

Doug Page - Duct Opening Protectives 2-17-17

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