Seven students from Architectural Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Jacob Beaulieu, Samantha Daniels, Sam Fabian, Masha Goodspeed, Olivia Mendes Machado, Andrew Scott, and Brad Spencer – recently attended the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta, GA. The conference presents the latest topics in the HVAC&R industry through a technical program featuring more than 100 sessions and 300 speakers. Technical program tracks included:
- Systems and Equipment
- High Performance Systems
- Energy Efficiency, Building Integrated Renewables and Natural Systems
- The Engineer’s Role in Architecture
Occurring concurrently to the conference was the AHR Expo, an HVAC&R tradeshow that hosts more than 2,100 exhibitors and attracts crowds of 60,000 industry professionals worldwide.
In addition to the technical program and expo, ASHRAE also offered a special student program for the hundreds of engineering students in attendance from colleges and universities from around the world that included a keynote speech from Dr. Christine Darden, an American mathematician, data analyst, and aeronautical engineer at NASA. Dr. Darden is one of the researchers featured in the book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (2016). Her talk told the story of her work as an engineer in supersonics for over 20 years on the shoulders of the three women featured in the Hidden Figures movie.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.