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


Board Members

  • Donal Finn, Lecturer, UCD – President.
  • Michael DawkinsLead Mechanical Engineer, RPSTreasurer;
  • Daniel CoakleyHVACS Research Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK) – Secretary;

Committee Chairs

Members at Large

  • Michele Cerretani, Sirius Group
  • Jamie Field, Sirus Group
  • John Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Pat McEnroy, Abbeyfield Engineering Services
  • Hugh O’Gorman, Johnson Controls
  • Paul O’ Sullivan, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
  • Mattia de Rosa, University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Domnick Ward, Crystal Air


Board Member Bio’s


Donal Finn (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). His main focus is on developing solutions for improving resource efficiency in the built environment, with particular emphasis on heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVACS). In his current role, Daniel provides detailed guidance for development of future sustainable energy systems for Europe, and the role of air-source heat-pumps (ASHP) and district heating and cooling (DHC) in grid decarbonisation.

His research interests include: automated fault detection and diagnosis in commercial air-handling units; leveraging ICT for water and energy conservation; building information modelling (BIM) and energy simulation; industrial energy management systems (EnMS) and maturity models; and simulation-enhanced predictive control for buildings and HVAC systems.

Daniel holds a B.E in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway. He is a CIBSE Chartered Engineer (CEng) and an AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Daniel has published 8 journal articles, 38 peer-reviewed conference papers and 2 magazine articles (FM World and Engineers Ireland journal). He has also acted as a reviewer for a number of journals including: Applied Energy, Automation in Construction, Building Simulation, Buildings, Energies, Energy and Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Daniel is the current secretary of ASHRAE Ireland Chapter, and an adjunct lecturer at NUI Galway.



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.  ;



Previous ASHRAE Ireland Board (2015-16)