Joseph grew up in the Philippines where he completed his grade and high school education at the Xavier School, Greenhills, Rizal, Philippines.  He later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from De La Salle University.  He received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Work experience included the National Research Council in the Mechanical Engineering Dept. as a Junior Research Officer on projects associated with Industrial Rolls-Royce Flame Tube Development testing using JP-2 diesel, natural gas and dual fuel.  Other projects were the design of water spray cooling system and combustion system for Westinghouse gas generator.  Later Joe would hold a position as Associate Engineer in Plant Engineering Services where he completed projects for NRC Plant Engineering Services Building, chiller plant, materials science lab, class 1000 and 10,000 clean room, biology lab, low temp calorimeter chambers, heat pumps test facility and more.

From 1986 – 2001 he was Sr. Engineer/Supervisor for the Dormitory Authority State of NY where he completed projects totaling over 3.6 billion dollars.  Many of these were college and university projects as well as health facilities and court facilities.  2002-2003 saw Joe as VP of Engineering for Integrated Facility Systems a controls contractor.  This was a start-up of a capital-venture company.  Joe moved on to operate his own consulting firm from 2003-2005.  He is currently employed by InSynergy Engineering Inc a.k.a. Cedric Chong & Associates in Hawaii.  He is performing construction engineering services and commissioning projects dealing with LEED certification and his projects include the Kaiser Moanalua Hospital, Waikiki Beach Walk Embassy Suites Towers & Retail Stores, schools, Army and Navy projects, a hydroelectric plant in Maui and a 12,000 ton chilled water system for the Honolulu International Airport.

Joe has served ASHRAE for many years and has been very active at all levels.  He served the Northeast Chapter as Research Promotion Chair, and coming up through the officer chairs to become Chapter President in 1991-92.  His Region I activities included serving as Assistant Regional Chair and then on to become an ASHRAE Director and Regional Chairman in 1994 until 1997.  He also served as Regional Vice Chair of Research Promotion and Regional Member to the Society Nominating Committee.  He was Chair of the Society Refrigeration Committee, he also served on the Technology Council and Regions Council.  He was a member of several Technical Committees and Standards 15, 62, 90.1 and 134P.

Since his move to Hawaii, Joe joined the Hawaii Chapter and became the Research Promotion Chair where he established the first product show and technical seminar in Honolulu where he raised $60,000 for Research and the Lester Nakata Memorial Funds.  He was appointed Student Activities Chair and established the Honolulu Community College Student Branch and revived the University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Branch.  He brought six of his students to the recent ASHRAE Meeting in New York City.  He has been elected to serve as the 2008-09 Chapter President of the Hawaii Chapter after the President-Elect resigned.

While a member of the Northeast Chapter, Joe taught an HVAC class at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1993-2004.  A number of his students are in the HVAC industry and members of the chapter.  Two active members of the chapter and former students are Brad Juneau and Denis Boyce.  He now teaches Applied Thermal Engineering (HVAC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa each Fall Semester.

Joseph received the Public Service Energy Award from the United States Energy Association in 2001.  He was awarded the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the Regional Award of Merit in 1998 and the Chapter Service Award in 2004.  He is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in Engineering & Sciences, in Finance & Industry, Who’s Who in the East, in America and in the World.

Outside of ASHRAE Joe was a former President of the Chinese Community Center in Albany and served on the Board of Directors from 1991-2002.  He was a Board Member for the Habitat of Humanity of the Capital District of NY State from 2001-2004.  He is serving as Treasurer of the BIG-NA, which is a BACnet Interest Group of North America.   In 2005 he was the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman of the Association of Apartment Owners at “The Wailana at Waikiki”.

When Joe moved to Hawaii he integrated into the culture and adopted the attitude of living one day at a time.  He has also developed a new philosophical approach where he has FUN every day.  FUN stands for: (F) = Fair – You have to be fair to yourself in order to be fair to others.  (U) = Understanding – Until you understand yourself, you can not be understood by others.  (N) = Nice – You can never go wrong when you are nice to others.  No one can fault you for being nice.

Joe says he now has FUN at work, at home and at play.  He lives for today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow might never come. 

He truly believes he is living in paradise and so it seems.  He lives a peaceful life on Waikiki and feels blessed and fortunate for each day.  After all, he has a view of Diamond Head from his penthouse lanai and walks to job sites on Waikiki Beach.  It sounds like a tough life, but like they say, someone has to do it.



By Stan Westhoff – Northeast Chapter Historian