kevin houghtailing






Kevin was born and raised in the Mayfield, NY area, where he attended the local schools until graduation from high school.

After graduation he attended RPI in Troy, NY.  He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.  During his years at RPI Kevin was involved with teaching and mentoring activities.  He was a Tutor and supervisor for Tutor Time, an RPI affiliated activity for tutoring K-12 students on any subjects they desired.  Additionally, Kevin was active in Engineering Summer Camps such as:

-Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for Middle Schoolers

-NYS STEM Summer Program for Middle Schoolers

-PREFACE – A program for college bound students to visit RPI and reside in a dorm and experience what engineering school is like.

During Senior Week at RPI Kevin was recruited by EME Group Consulting Engineers in Albany, NY.  He started working EME in June of 2011.  His employment would encompass energy consulting, energy audits, commissioning and HVAC design.

Kevin's dream jobs would be to design cores of bowling balls or energy and environment related engineering.  The latter offered more opportunities and a broader career path.

Kevin has an ASHRAE Building Energy Assessment Professional Certification (BEAP) which validates competency to assess building systems and site conditions, analyze and evaluate equipment and energy usage, recommend strategies to optimize building resources.  It is ANSI accredited and recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Kevin was introduced to ASHRAE by David Houle of EME who got him involved with ASHRAE and appointed him the Research Promotion Chair where he received the Full Circle Award.  After a year as Chair of RP, Kevin was asked to step in as Vice President, followed by President Elect and President for 2019-2020.

He enjoys the fact the HVAC is always necessary and changing which makes it interesting.  Future involvement would be to serve on the Board of Governors for the chapter and maybe to do some additional committee work. Kevin would like to be remembered for working toward more active participation with related societies such as AEE and ASPE.

Kevin is single with a girlfriend and in his spare time, he likes bowling, soccer, volleyball, wooden bat baseball, hiking, and camping and nature activities.  Kevin played trumpet in band and sang in choir during grade school.  In college at RPI was co-founder of "Duly Noted" an all-male acapella group where he primarily sang bass and dabbled in arranging and vocal percussion.

We wish Kevin continued success in his career in HVAC and ASHRAE.

Stan Westhoff – Chapter Historian (2-27-2020)