ASHRAE Members are Recognized for their Outstanding Accomplishments

ASHRAE Members are Recognized for their Outstanding Accomplishments
ATLANTA (June 23, 2024) — ASHRAE recognized the contributions of members to the Society and the built environment industry during an Honors and Awards program at the 2024 Annual Conference in Indianapolis.
“We are excited to honor this year’s ASHRAE award recipients for their outstanding contributions,” said 2023-24 ASHRAE President Ginger Scoggins, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE. “Their dedication and innovation embody ASHRAE’s mission of advancing sustainable and comfortable building practices. Congratulations to all and thank you for your significant impact on our industry.”
A list of the awards and recipients are below:
Lincoln Bouillon Award
M. ERSHED Jaman Khan, CHD, received the Lincoln Bouillon Award, which recognizes a member who performs the most outstanding work in increasing membership. The award commemorates Presidential Member Bouillon’s efforts in recruiting new members. Khan is CEO and Chief Designer, Electro-Mechanical Control Services (eMcS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award
Barry Lau received the Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award, which recognizes excellence in chapter program endeavors. Lau is Head of Building Services, Swire Properties Limited, Hong Kong.
William J. Collins, Jr. RP Award
Tiffany Bates Abruzzo received the William J. Collins Jr., RP Award. The award, named in honor of Presidential Member Collins, recognizes a chapter RP chair who excels in raising funds for ASHRAE’s RP campaign. Abruzzo is Director of Engineering Sales, Envirosep, Georgetown, South Carolina.
Government Affairs Award
Mario Henrique Canale received the Government Affairs Award. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding effort and achievement in state, provincial and local government activities in connection with technical issues related to the Society. Canale is CEO, Aeris Qualidade do Ar, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.
Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award
Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes received the Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award, which recognizes excellence in volunteer service focused on environmental health issues. Weekes is Director – Facilities and Protection Services, La Cité College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Homer Addams Award
Apoorv Khanuja, Ph.D., received the Homer Addams Award, which recognizes a graduate student who has been engaged in an ASHRAE research project at a university that has graduate programs in the areas of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and has achieved a high standard of performance in this work. Khanuja is a Data Analyst II, kW Engineering, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Standards Achievement Award
Marwa Zaatari, Ph.D. and William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., Presidential Fellow Life Member received the Standards Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence in volunteer service for developing ASHRAE standards and guidelines. Zaatari is Chief Science Officer, D Zine Partners, Austin, Texas. Bahnfleth is Professor of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
YEA Award of Individual Excellence
Alekhya Kaianathbhatta, Mohammed Murtaza and Michelle Shadpour received the YEA Award of Individual Excellence, which recognizes YEA members for superior efforts during the preceding Society year in the promotion and success of YEA and its programs. Kaianathbhatta is a Senior Commissioning Specialist, The HIDI Group, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Murtaza is an MEP Engineer, Cubic Engineering Consultancy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Shadpour is a Project Manager, SC Engineers, San Diego, California.
ASHRAE Journal Paper Award
Austin Barolin and Travis English, P.E. received the Journal Paper Award for the article, “Air Quality-Based Ventilation for Hospital Energy Conservation,” judged to be the best article published in ASHRAE Journal.
Barolin is a Senior Energy and Decarbonization Analyst, Mazzetti, San Francisco, California. English is Director of Engineering, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California.
Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award
Parveen Dhillon, Ph.D., Li Cheng, W. Travis Horton and Jim Braun, Fellow Life Member were recipients of the Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award for “Laboratory load-based testing and performance rating of residential heat pumps in heating mode.” The award is for the best paper published in the volume year of the Science and Technology for the Built Environment, the ASHRAE research journal.
Dhillion is a Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado. Cheng Is a Research Assistant; Horton is a Professor of Civil Engineering; Braun is a Herrick Professor of Engineering and Director of the Center for High Performance Buildings, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Crosby Field Award
Zhelun Chen, Yicheng Li, Ph.D., Jin Wen, Fellow Member, Amanda Pertzborn, Ph.D., Vance Payne, L. James Lo, Gabe Grajewski, Zheng O’Neill, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Member and Steven T. Bushby, Fellow Life Member were the recipients of the Crosby Field Award for “A Simulation Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Stochastic Occupant Behaviors on Demand Flexibility in Typical Commercial Buildings,” which was judged to be the best paper presented before the Society. The Crosby Field Award is named for a former Presidential Member.
Chen is a Research Scientist; Li is a Ph.D. Student; Wen is a Professor; Lo is an Associate Professor and Grajewski is a Ph.D. Candidate, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pertzborn is a Mechanical Engineer; Payne is a Mechanical Engineer, HVAC&R Performance Group, Energy and Environment Division (EED) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL); Bushby is an Electronics Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland. O’Neill is an Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Willis H. Carrier Award
Elence Xinzhu Chen, received the Willis H. Carrier Award given to a member 32 years of age or younger for presenting an outstanding paper at a Society conference. The award is presented for “Ensembled Deep Learning-Based Model Predictive Control for Automatic Window Operations in Winter.” Chen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Instructor in Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
ASHRAE Best Paper Award
The following papers received a Best Paper Award, which recognizes the authors of the best papers presented at Society conferences:
  • Jerry Lilly, Life Member received an award for “Calculating Breakout from HVAC Ductwork.” Lilly is President, JGL Acoustics, Inc., Issaquah, Washington.
  • Carlos Duarte Roa, Paul Raftery, Anand Prakash and Therese E. Peffer, Ph.D. received an award for “Field Demonstration of the Brick Ontology to Scale up the Deployment of Ashrae Guideline 36 Control Sequences.” Roa is an Assistant Professor and Researcher; Raftery is a Professional Researcher, University of California, Berkeley Center for the Built Environment, Berkeley, California. Prakash is a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California. Peffer is a Project Manager and Researcher, California Institute for Energy & Environment, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and Banantao Institute, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
  • Elence Xinzhu Chen, Xu Han, Ali Malkawi and Na (Lina) Li received an award for “Ensembled Deep Learning-Based Model Predictive Control for Automatic Window Operations in Winter.” Chen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Instructor in Architecture; Li is a Winokur Family Professor in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Havard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Malkawi is a Professor of Architectural Technology, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Malkawi is also Founding Director, Havard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Han is an Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Fatih Evren, Garrett Mosiman, Patrick Huelman, Andres Desjarlais and Antonio J. Aldykiewicz, Jr. received an award for “Data Acquisition System Selection and Calibration of Resistive Moisture Content Measurements for Large-Scale Field Studies in Cold Climate Residential Building Envelope Performance.” Evren works for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington. Mosiman is a Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Huelman is an Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. Desjarlais is a Program Manager; Aldykiewicz is a Senior R&D Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Poster Presentation Award
The Poster Presentation Award recognizes the authors of the best poster session paper presented at a Society conference during the previous year.
  • Nour Yossef and Katherine D’Avignon received an award for “Investigation into the Pertinence of Using Child-Specific Radiation Data for Thermal Comfort Calculations.” Yossef is a Doctoral Student; D’Avignon is an Associate Professor, École de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Robert Bean, Fellow Member received an award for “Decarbonization: The Product of Integrated Design.” Bean is retired, Chestermere, Alberta, Canada.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award salutes members of any grade who have served the Society faithfully and with distinction and who have given freely of their time and talent in chapter, regional and Society activities. The following members were recognized:
  • Dennis L. Alejandro, P.E., Managing Principal, Flowforth Ventures Inc., Metro Manila, Philippines.
  • Burkley M. Allen, P.E., Life Member, Senior Mechanical Engineer, I. C. Thomasson Associates, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Akshay Bhargava, Mechanical Engineer, CMTA, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Craig R. Bradshaw, Associate Professor and Director of Center for Integrated Building Systems, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • Jojo Castro, Principal, Kilojoule Consultants International Co., Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines and General Manager, Redcoin Trading Corporation, Las Pinas City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
  • Melanie M. Derby, Associate Professor and Dr. Charles E. Wilson Chair in Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
  • Brian Fronk, Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • Tyler Glesne, BCxP, BEAP, Strategic Accounts Representative, Control Services, Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Eric Granzow, P.E., HFDP, Lead Engineer, Olsson, Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Sam C. M. Hui, Ph.D., HBDP, BEMP, Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Jeff Hurd, Project Engineer, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Kinga Porst Hydras, Deputy Director, U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, Washington, DC.
  • Stephen Kowalski, Senior R&D Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Brian Krafthefer, Fellow Life Member, Retired, Honeywell, Int’l, Stillwater, Minnesota.
  • Mark Lawrence, President, M. Lawrence Engineering Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Douglas LeCren, P.E., Senior Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer, NANA Worley, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • CHENG WEE LEONG, Director, Method Engineering Pte Ltd, Singapore.
  • Apichit Lumlertpongpana, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member, President, I.T.C. (1993) CO. LTD., Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Kurt Monteiro, HBDP, HFDP, Senior Principal, Smith and Andersen Consulting Engineering, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Vikram Murthy, Director, Univac Environmental Systems Private Limited, Mumbai, India.
  • Nitin Naik, Managing Partner, Dew Point, Goa, India.
  • Lisa Ng, Ph.D., Supervisory Mechanical Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
  • Grant Page, P.E., Energy and Sustainability Engineer, Mason & Hanger, Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Robert (Bob) Persechini, Life Member, Vice President, VN5, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Paul Pieper, Senior Director of Business Development, The Master Group, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Robert Thomas Pollard, P.Eng, President, Pollard Engineering Limited, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Paul Raftery, Professional Researcher, Center for the Built Environment at University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
  • Christine Reinders, Assistant Manager of Facilities and Engineering Services, Ames National Laboratory, Ames, Iowa.
  • Mikael Salonvaara, Senior R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Joseph Sanders, Sales Engineer, R.B. Akins Company, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Aaron Smith, BEAP, BEMP, Director, Sustainability, M&R Engineering Ltd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Lane Devin Snowberger, P.E., Mechanical Engineering Manager, EMCOR Construction Services – Midwest, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • Kristin Rice Sullivan, Senior Engineering Manager, Trane Technologies, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • Ronald J. Thompson, P.E., Principal Engineer, Scope Permitting and Engineering, LLC, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Steve Tredinnick, P.E., Fellow Member, President, District Energy Specialists, PLCC, Lisle, Illinois.
  • Douglas Tucker, Director of Industry & Government Relations, Mitsubishi Electric US, Suwanee, Georgia.
  • Daniel Villa, Systems Research and Analysis, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Krishnan Viswanath, Partner, Dynacraft Air Controls, Mumbai, India.
  • Amanda Webb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Byard D. Wood, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Life Member, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah and Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
  • Da Yan, Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
  • Eric Yang, BEAP, HBDP, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Vantage Data Centers, Ashburn, Virginia.
  • Yang Junjing, Branch Head of Built Environment & Senior Scientist, National Environment Agency of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Davide Ziviani, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Exceptional Service Award
The Exceptional Service Award recognizes Distinguished Service Award recipients who have continued to serve faithfully and with exemplary effort. The following members were recognized:
  • Rob Craddock, Managing Director, Inland Metal, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Abdel Kader Darwich, HFDP, Principal, Guttmann and Blaevoet Consulting Engineers, Sacramento, California.
  • Stephen W. Duda, P.E., Fellow Member, Instructor, School of Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois.
  • Douglas Fick, Principal, CMTA, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Krishnan Gowri, BEMP, Fellow Member, Director of Building Performance, Intertek – Building Science Solutions, Bothell, Washington.
  • Christopher Gray, Ph.D., P.E., CTO, EcoSmart Solution, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Hon Katherine Hammack, Fellow Member, Director of Sustainable Initiatives, SC-B Consulting, Champaign, Illinois.
  • N. Eileen Jensen, P.E., Life Member, Retired Mechanical Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration, Vancouver, Washington.
  • Julia A. Keen, Ph.D., P.E., HBDP, Fellow Member, Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
  • Brian Krafthefer, Fellow Life Member, Retired, Honeywell, Int’l, Stillwater, Minnesota.
  • Steve Kujak, Director Next Generation Refrigerant Research, Trane Technologies, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • Cesar Luis Lim, Fellow Member, Managing Partner, Kilojoule Consultants Int’l. Co., Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
  • Sarah E. Maston, P.E., BCxP, Geographic Discipline Leader, Commissioning & Energy Services, Colliers Project Leaders, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Janice K. Means, P.E., Fellow Life Member, Professor Emerita, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan.
  • Michael A. Pouchak, P.E., Fellow Member, Lead Software Engineer and Systems Architect, Honeywell International, Plymouth, Minnesota.
  • Douglas Reindl, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Member, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Frank Shadpour, P.E., HFDP, Fellow Life Member, President, SC Engineers, San Diego, California.
  • Martha G. VanGeem, Life Member, Principal Engineer, Self-employed, Mount Prospect, Illinois.
  • Raymond Yew Wah Wong, Fellow Life Member, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Research Institute Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Wangda Zuo, Professor, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.
Distinguished 50 -Year Member Award
The Distinguished 50-Year Member Award is given to individuals who have been a member for a minimum of 50 years, and are either a past Society president, Fellow ASHRAE or Distinguished Service Award recipient or who have performed outstanding service to ASHRAE or its predecessor societies – the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE), the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE), and the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE).
  • M. Kent Anderson, Life Member, Retired President Emeritus, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR).
  • Michael F. Beda, P.E., Life Member, Retired, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Larry G. Berglund, Fellow Life Member, Lebanon, Connecticut.
  • Erich Binder, Life Member, Erich Binder Consulting Limited, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • Alan M. Brown, Fellow Life Member, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Steven F. Bruning, P.E., Fellow Life Member, Retired Partner Emeritus, Newcomb & Boyd, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Thomas D. Colvin, P.E., Fellow Life Member, Senior Consultant, Colvin Engineering Associates, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Larry Degelman, P.E., Life Member, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
  • Jorge Eduardo Donoso, Fellow Life Member, Ing. Eduardo Donoso e Hijos C. Ltda., Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • Ravisankar Ganta, Fellow Life Member, Supervising Engineer, Parsons Corporation, Richmond, Kentucky.
  • Victor W. Goldschmidt, Ph.D., Fellow Life Member, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • Edison Tito Guimaraes, Fellow Life Member, Datum Cons. Projectos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Vinod P. Gupta, Fellow Life Member, Shoreview, Minnesota.
  • Stephen W. Ivesdal, Life Member, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  • Peng Sum Loh, Fellow Life Member, Donvale, Victoria, Australia.
  • Michael Mamayek, Life Member, Retired, Illingworth-Kilgust Mechanical, West Allis, Wisconsin.
  • Thomas J. McNamara, Fellow Life Member, McHenry, Illinois.
  • Harry Milliken, Life Member, Retired Regional Manager, Desert Aire, Germantown, Wisconsin.
  • Kenneth C. Peet, Life Member, President & Owner, LSE Engineering, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Gordon M. Reistad, Ph.D., Life Member, Emeritus Appointment, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Arshad S. Sheikh, Fellow Life Member, Owner, SES Consulting Engineers, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Keith E. Starner, Fellow Life Member, Lexington, Kentucky.
  • T. David Underwood, Presidential Fellow Life Member, Retired, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Distinguished 75-Year Member Award
The Distinguished 75-Year Member Award is given to individuals who have been a member for a minimum of 75 years, and are either a past Society president, Fellow ASHRAE or Distinguished Service Award recipient or who have performed outstanding service to ASHRAE or its predecessor societies – the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE), the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE), and the American Society of Heating and Air- Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE). The following members received this award:
  • Richard C. Berry, Life Member, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
  • Milton J. Kodmur, Life Member, Retired, Kodmur Service Agency, San Diego, California.
  • Joseph Minton, Life Member, East Meadow, New York.
Andrew T. Boggs Service Award
Rick Hermans, P.E., Life Member, received the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award. The award, named after ASHRAE’s executive vice president emeritus, recognizes an Exceptional Service Award recipient for continuing unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service. Hermans is a retired Mechanical Department Manager, AECOM, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Eunice Foote Decarbonization Award
Paul A. Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow Member, received the Eunice Foote Decarbonization Award which recognizes a member who works to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment. Torcellini is a Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado.
Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award
Chandra Sekhar, Fellow Member, received the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award. This annual award is given to an ASHRAE Fellow for continuous preeminence in engineering or research work. The honor was initiated in 1979 by Presidential Member Bill Holladay. Sekar is a Professor, Program Director MSc (Building Performance and Sustainability), Department of the Built Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.
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The Society is showcasing integrated building solutions and sustainability in action through the opening of the ASHRAE Global Headquarters building in metro-Atlanta, Georgia.
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