ASHRAE – A Global Society

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASHRAE) founded in 1904.

The goal of ASHRAE is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

ASHRAE Ireland Chapter

The objectives of the Irish Chapter are exclusively scientific and educational and include, but are not limited to:

  • the advancement of the sciences of heating, refrigerating and air-conditioning engineering and related sciences
  • the continuing education of the members and other interested persons in said sciences, through lectures, demonstrations, and publications
  • the rendering of career guidance and financial assistance to students of the sciences
  • the encouragement of scientific research
  • the promotion of sustainability in the Irish built environment sector

In fulfilling those objectives ASHRAE Ireland is committed in cultivating collaborations with pertinent local associations and state bodies and supporting the Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology in the delivery and development of courses and programmes in the sciences of heating, refrigerating and air-conditioning engineering and related sciences.


Current ASHRAE Ireland Board (2017-18)

ASHRAE Ireland Board


  • Simeon Oxizidis, Senior Researcher, IERCPresident;
  • Donal Finn, Lecturer, UCDVice-President.
  • Michael DawkinsLead Mechanical Engineer, RPSTreasurer;
  • Daniel CoakleyHVACS Research Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK) – Secretary;
  • Adam O’DonovanPost-graduate researcher, Cork Institute of TechnologyChair of Student Activities Commitee;
  • Members at Large (2017-18): Frank Caul, Director, SirusMember; Ken Goodman, Building Services Engineer Member; Hugh O’Gorman, Senior engineer, Johnson ControlsMember; Michelle Cerretani Senior engineer, SirusMember; Tom Morgan – Senior mechanical engineer, DPS Ltd.Member; 


Board Member Bio’s

Simeon Oxizidis (President) is a senior researcher at the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) in Cork. Simeon has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he was also awarded his PhD. He has worked as a lecturer in the University of Brighton, University College Dublin and University of Western Macedonia, teaching and supervising students in the area of energy engineering.

Over his research career spanning two decades in Greece, the Netherlands, Ireland and UK, Simeon investigated several aspects of the wider scientific field of the energy performance of buildings. His career started as a research associate and PhD student at the Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering (LHTEE) of the Department of Mechanical Engineers of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). He has worked as a scientific researcher at TNO MEP in the Netherlands, where he participated on projects on the utilization of solar thermal energy and the impact of urban microclimate on buildings.

In 2010 he became a member of the academic staff in the UCD School of Mechanical and Material Engineering (SMME) in Dublin, followed by a lectureship in the School of Environment & Technology (SET) in University and Brighton (UoB). In October 2014 he joined the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) as a Senior Researcher where he is involved in conceptualising, scoping and developing collaborative research projects between industries and academia and in the preparation and submission of research proposals and subsequent implementation of projects for the European research framework H2020. For the latter, he also serves as an evaluator expert in the Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Economy Work Programmes. Simeon throughout his career has participated in numerous research projects and has published more than 45 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is a member of ASHRAE and IBPSA and a founding member and President of the ASHRAE Ireland Chapter.;

Donal Finn (Vice-President) is an associate professor at University College Dublin (UCD). Donal obtained his BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Galway (UCG) (now NUIG) in 1985. Between 1985 and 1987, he carried out research on wind convectors (heat pump outdoor heat exchangers) at UCG, which was supported by IVT AB, Sweden, Erinova Industries Ltd, Dublin and the Irish National Board of Science and Technology. In 1987, he was awarded a MEngSc degree by the National University of Ireland (NUI) for this work. In 1988, this research received a best paper award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME – Solar Energy Division), held in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Between 1987 and 1989, he continued to work on wind convector and wind evaporator systems with Erinova Industries. In 1989, he joined Hitachi Europe Ltd at the Hitachi Dublin Laboratory (HDL), located at the University of Dublin (Trinity College). While at HDL, he worked initially as a research engineer and later as a research group leader in computer aided engineering. He was awarded a PhD degree in 1996 by the University of Dublin. In 1995, Donal Finn was appointed to a lectureship in Mechanical Engineering at UCD. In 1999, Dr. Finn received a Teaching Fellowship award from the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, which was financially supported by Exxon-Mobil.  In 2004, Dr. Finn was awarded a Research Fellowship by UCD, which allowed him to spend a sabbatical year at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC), IL, USA, where he collaborated with the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Research Center (ACRC). In 2008, he received a Teaching and Learning award from UCD. Since 2008, he has been a Senior Lecturer at UCD.

His current research interests lie in the analysis and optimisation of energy conversion systems used in heat pump/refrigeration systems and building energy applications. His specific research focuses on component and system analysis of transport refrigeration and heat pump systems, as well as the optimisation of evaporative cooling and natural/night ventilation in building energy applications. Dr. Finn has acted as an expert advisor/assessor to Enterprise Ireland, the European Commission – FP5, FP6 and FP7 and Marie Curie programmes and other European Research programmes, as well a reviewer for several journals and international conferences. He has been member of the editorial panel of the journal AI-EDAM (Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Design) since 1996.

Michael Dawkins (Treasurer) is a Lead Mechanical Engineer at RPS Experience. Michael is a Chartered HVAC design engineer and manager. His particular interests include;-

Laboratory and cleanroom design solutions to the pharma and medical devices sector;

Energy reduction solutions and the application of best practice design and installation methods to existing buildings;

Specialties: Laboratory and cleanroom design and procurement, sustainable and energy-efficient design solutions, developer-led and design & build work.



Daniel Coakley (Secretary) is a HVACS Research Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK), currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His current focus is on building technologies to enable a transition to a European low-carbon economy, including building materials, HVAC systems, thermal / electrical storage, and smart grid integration. Prior to MERCE-UK, Daniel worked as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at a private engineering software company / consultancy, Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd, in Glasgow, Scotland. He was also a part-time senior post-doctoral researcher, and adjunct lecturer, at the Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Engineering (IRUSE) at the National University of Ireland Galway.

His expertise is mainly focused around energy technologies in the built environment, including: building energy simulation tools (IES-VE, E+), data acquisition and storage systems (SCADA, SQL), building management and control systems (Cylon, Trend, Honeywell), programming (Java, Visual Basic), design optimisation (jEPlus), statistical data analysis & visualisation (R, Python, Minitab, Excel) as well as sensitivity, risk and uncertainty analysis.

Daniel received a 1st class (Hons) BEng degree in Civil Engineering from NUI Galway in 2009 and was subsequently awarded a PhD scholarship by the College of Engineering and Informatics (CoEI) at NUI Galway. In 2014, Daniel received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering for his work on the “Calibration of Detailed Building Energy Simulation Models to Measured Data using Uncertainty Analysis”.

Daniel has worked as a research assistant and post-doctoral researcher on a range of national and European projects, primarily in the area of energy efficiency in buildings, as well as a range of connected sectors (e.g. water management, energy management systems, smart grids, IT and communications, sensors and hardware, data analytics etc.). He is also an author of 6 journal articles, 24 peer-reviewed conference papers and 2 magazine articles, as well as a regular reviewer of numerous journals in the field of building energy research.

In May 2014, Daniel was appointed as an adjunct lecturer within the Dept. of Civil Engineering. This role involves teaching of various engineering modules to undergraduate students in civil, mechanical and energy systems engineering, as well as supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. In this role, he also actively engaged in proposal writing and coordination for national and European research project funding.


Adam O’Donovan (Chair of Student Activities Commitee) is a post-graduate researcher at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in the Messo Research Group. Adam obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable Energy Engineering from CIT in 2014 and is currently a PhD candidate in the field of whole building comfort and energy simulation. After contributing to Standard 55 initially, he then attended the first ASHRAE leadership academy this year. Adam is an active member at local chapter level where he is involved the organisation of ASHRAE events in Ireland and is the current chair of the Student Activities Committee.  ;



Members at Large (2017-18): Frank Caul, Director, SirusMember; Ken Goodman, Building Services Engineer Member; Hugh O’Gorman, Senior engineer, Johnson ControlsMember; Michelle Cerretani Senior engineer, SirusMember; Tom Morgan – Senior mechanical engineer, DPS Ltd.Member; 




Previous ASHRAE Ireland Board (2015-16)