Bill has the distinction of being the Northeast Chapter President from 2008-2009.  He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI.  He attended Kenyon College in Gambier, OH where he received a BA in Physics and then on to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL where he attained his MS in Mechanical Engineering.  He went on to receive his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Bill’s first job, which occurred between his MS and PhD studies, was a Department of Energy Fossil Energy Fellowship at the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center.  The work related to coal preparation and lasted for three years.  Bill moved to GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY and has been with the Thermal Systems Lab for the past eight years.

Graduate school at the University of Minnesota was an introduction to HVAC.  An ASHRAE sponsored research project on Kitchen Ventilation led Bill to join the Student Branch of ASHRAE where he became the President for three years.  He attended approximately eight Society meetings and joined the Task Group (TG) that became TC5.10 on Kitchen Ventilation.  He very much liked the high impact on the every day lives of people that ASHRAE brought to the forefront.

In 2001 Bill became a Member of ASHRAE when he converted his Student Membership.  His work on the Characterization of Commercial Cooking Effluent particle sizes and gases, namely CO, CO2, NOx and hydrocarbons in general was one of two research projects.  The Deposition of Grease in Exhaust Ducts was involved with the fate of the grease particles and grease vapor that penetrate the hood filtration system.  The grease not removed at the filters ends up in the atmosphere and walls of the duct, both of which are problematic from a safety and environmental perspective.  This ASHRAE Research work helped to revise NFPA 96 exhaust velocities from 1500 to 500 FPM.

Bill served the Northeast Chapter first as Membership Promotion Chair for two years and received the Thomas S. Brown Membership Award for Society year 2004-2005.  He went on to serve the chapter through the Officer positions and became the Chapter President for Society year 2008-2009.  He received the Region I Award for Outstanding Chapter Programs in 2007-2008. Bill also received the Society’s Homer Addams Award for his work on 745RP the Characterization of Cooking Effluent research project.

Bill would like to stay involved with ASHRAE at the Chapter level and get involved with Society Technical Committees (TC’s) having to do with Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics as these would be aligned with his work at General Electric Global Research.  He would also like to be known as a Mentor for new ASHRAE members.

Bill is married and has two girls that are 3 and 7 years old which keep him very busy.  In his spare time he enjoys Ice Hockey, Rugby and brewing some good beer.  He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  This activity is aligned with work that he does involving cooling of GE products and devices.  He volunteers time to GE Network Programs which involves various community related activities.  We thank Bill for his fine work with ASHRAE and the Northeast Chapter.


By Stan Westhoff

Northeast Chapter Historian