March 2021 Print

President's Report

Greetings fellow ASHRAE Dallas members!

For those that don't know me, I grew up in South Dakota and moved down to Texas to get away from the cold and snow storms but it doesn’t sound like I can get away from the snow, even in Texas. My thoughts and prayers are with those that were affected by the winter storm we experienced a couple weeks ago. 

We want to thank one of our own, Pam Duffy, for presenting on an exciting topic to our chapter last month. Her presentation, Productive from Anywhere: Practical Tips to Get Stuff Done, was well received by our members. Our chapter will explore the options of having more leadership and productivity presentations mixed into our monthly meetings. If you know anyone or can present on leadership and productivity, please reach out to our CTTC chair to coordinate a presentation. 

Your Research Promotion team has been hard at work planning our Spring Golf Tournament. We will be hosting our annual Spring Golf Tournament on April 6, 2021 at the Cowboys Golf Club. Please visit our website to register for this event, I want to personally thank all of our sponsors for this calendar year. Your contribution is critical to our chapter success so THANK YOU! Below are our 2021 calendar year ASHRAE Dallas Sponsors. 

  • Texas AirSystems - Platinum
  • Lennox - Platinum
  • Bartos Industries - Silver 
  • ADW - Bronze

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to our RP Chair Henry Homes or visit

As always, let me know if there is anything I can do to make your ASHRAE experience a better one.

May the New Year bless you with health, happiness, and wealth.

Stay well, stay blessed.

Ermias Lamesgin
2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas Chapter President

P.S. -  Make sure you follow us on all our social media channels and join our LinkedIn Group by clicking the icons below.


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General Chapter News

Upcoming Events

March YEA Happy Hour:
03/10/21, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Jack & Ginger's 2107 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206.

Dont miss out on the fun! Come on out, enjoy a couple drinks, and some engaging conversation in support of all the Young Engineers in ASHRAE.
A big thanks to this month's YEA Happy Hour sponsor: Scott McGuinnes with HTS! Without your contributions and efforts, our events wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable.

ASHRAE Spring Golf Tournament:

ASHRAE Spring Clay Shoot:
SAVE THE DATE: 05/21/21

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Note from the President-Elect/CTTC Chair

I hope this letter finds all of you well.  I know the crazy weather we had in February caused a lot of damage to personal and commercial properties and many of our members were affected either professionally or personally. I hope by now we are starting to recover and get back to feeling like we live in Texas.  I want to give a huge thank you to Pam Duffy for her presentation on Productive from Anywhere presentation.  I know I got a lot of feedback that this presentation was extremely helpful and motivated a lot of us to change how we organize our workflow every day, me included! I was able to use some of these techniques as I regrouped from the winter storm outage and had to prioritize many of my tasks for my clients. This month Gary Stauffer with SPX/Marley will be presenting on Variable Flow over Multiple Cooling Towers. I hope to see you all in person over the next couple months as we have many great things to come in April for our members!

Eric Borders, President-Elect and CTTC

March Virtual Meeting

When: 03/10/2021 -- 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 985 8743 6735
Passcode: 883322

Topic: Variable Flow over Multiple Cooling Towers for Energy Savings

Explains how significant energy savings can be achieved and how to avoid common mistakes when designing a system for and implementing variable flow.


  • What is the science behind and the potential benefit of variable flow?
  • Under what design conditions will variable flow work and not work?
  • What are some of the common mistakes made in implementing variable flow?
  • What options should I consider adding to my cooling tower to enhance the capability for variable flow?
  • Are there cooling tower designs inherently better at performing variable flow?
  • What are the risks of reducing flow too much?
  • How low can I reduce the flow and still avoid these risks?


Presenter: Gary Stauffer

Presenter Bio

Gary Stauffer is a Sales Engineer for SPX Cooling Technologies, Overland Park, Kansas.   Gary has worked for SPX Cooling Technologies since 2005.   He has held several roles including Designer in Mechanical Components, Technical Services Engineer, and Applications Engineer.  In the 10 years prior to that he worked as an Engineering Technician in the aluminum casting industries with the companies of Briggs & Stratton, and Stahl Specialty Company, respectfully.

Gary initially attended university at Missouri S&T, followed by the University of Missouri- Kansas City, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011.   He has fifteen years of experience in working with Mechanical Equipment found in Cooling Towers.   He is a member of ASHRAE and ASME.


Future Presentations

April Meeting (04/14/2021):
Speaker Dave Binz, Director of Engineering – Cambridge Air Solutions
Cooling Facilities with High Process Air Load Requirements – Industrial Cooling with 2-Stage Evaporative Cooling

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Treasurer's Report

Treasurer's Report:

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Note from the Secretary

We look forward to a fun filled Spring with the Dallas ASHRAE Chapter. Although our monthly meetings will remain virtual for the remainder of the 2021 ASHRAE year, we have several events planned for your involvement. From Women in ASHRAE to Membership Promotion and Golf Tournaments, be on the lookout for updates of times and places! You can click the link below to access our Leadership meeting notes from March. Feel free to contact me with any questions about motions or topics discussed.

March BOG and Leadership Meeting Notes

Bri Williams ([email protected])
Dallas ASHRAE Secretary

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YEA & Student Activities

When February came around, I remember rushing to print my resume and ironing up my one and only ‘interviewing shirt’ before going to the career fair. I was a college student and I recall all the nerve-wracking feelings and sweaty handshakes when talking with employers.

Those good’ol memories motivated me to do something different this year – hosting a Career Advice panel for the students at UNT and UTD. It was virtual, so I did not have a chance to feel the sweaty handshake from students. Just through emails and Zoom screen, but I and all the event volunteers were very impressed with the energy, passion, and how the students nowadays prepare for their upcoming career fair.

I deeply appreciate the volunteering and support of the following ASHRAE members who arranged to be at the event, or worked extra hard at night or over the weekend to make the event a success:

Ermias Lamesgin
Justin Bowker
Mickey Schroeder
Jay Martin
Micheal Shackelford
Kevin Miller
Quentin Mackie
Tony King

Until the next time we can mingle with students in person and hold their resume paper to give them some feedback, take care and thank you for your engagement with ASHRAE Dallas.

Minh Vu, PE (IA), LEED Green Associate
Engineer | Mechanical
[email protected]
8350 N. Central Expy., Ste 775
Dallas, TX 75206
Direct: 214.540.5920
Main: 214.540.5900


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Women in ASHRAE

Save the Date! Time to MYX it up – Create your own personalized lip color at this Women in ASHRAE event. Additional information will be available closer to the event. There are limited seats for this event – Please email [email protected] if you would like to reserve a spot!

When: Wednesday, April 21st  
Where: MYX Blend Bar – 3699 McKinney Ave, Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75204

Alyssa Pauly
Women in ASHRAE Chair

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Government Affairs Committee Update

CDC Releases New Guidelines for Reopening Schools

On February 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a 35-page guide for the reopening of K-12 schools for in-person instruction. The operational strategy focuses on phased mitigation and is intended to complement the CDC’s guidance, tools and resources that have already been published.

The CDC lists ASHRAE’s guidance, including ASHRAE’s guidelines for schools and universities as a resource for ventilation. The CDC and ASHRAE suggest the following:

  • Increasing outdoor air ventilation
  • The use of economizers
  • Turning off demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy or temperature during occupied hours
  • Improve central air filtration
  • Ensure restroom exhaust fans are functional and operating at full capacity
  • Inspect and maintain local exhaust ventilation in areas such as kitchens, cooking areas, etc.
  • Consider portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fan/filtration systems to help enhance air cleaning
  • Consider using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) as a supplement to help inactivate SARS-CoV-2, especially if options for increasing room ventilation are limited
  • Consider running the HVAC system at maximum outside airflow for 2 hours before and after the building is occupied

To learn more about the CDC’s K-12 Operational Strategy, click here

We welcome any and all questions, comments, thoughts, or opinions. Wishing everyone a great 2021!

Tim Campbell
ASHRAE Dallas Chapter - Government Affair Committee Chair
[email protected]
[email protected]

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Membership Promotion

Hello ASHRAE Dallas Chapter! Keep an eye out for MP events coming your way in the coming months.

If you are currently experiencing hardship, especially with the current COVID-19 pandemic, please contact our Member Services Department at [email protected]. One of our Member Services Representatives will assist you in determining your hardship case and provide guidance with respect to adequate adjustment of membership dues and other member benefits for the 2020-2021 Society Year.   

I want to encourage you all to take full advantage of the benefits ASHRAE has to offer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 214-458-9707 during the day, or via email at [email protected] .

Thank you,

Quentin Mackie
ASHRAE Dallas Membership Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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Research Promotion Update

Upcoming Events:
Spring Golf: Tuesday, April 6th @ 1:30pm
Spring Clay Shoot: Friday, May 21st

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Refrigeration Update

Hello, ASHRAE members!

We finally have a date and place confirmed for this years’ ASHRAE refrigeration tour. Save the date for Thursday March 18th from 5:30-7:30 at Franconia Brewing Company in McKinney. The owner and master brewer has a technical mind and will walk us through his brewing process including a discussion regarding his two BOHN Refrigeration Units used for their 2000 Sq. ft. walk-in-cooler which is maintained at 36 degrees F. He will also tell us about how his facility is able to put energy back into the ERCOT grid, which many of us learned about with the ice storms a few weeks ago. And one other important item to mention: Along with our tour, beer will be included for this members only event.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Tony King – Trane Technologies
Team Leader – Commercial Account Manager, Texas Trane
(469) 758-3101 Office
(972) 333-8318 Cell
[email protected]

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A Message from the Editor

Hello ASHRAE Dallas, your Newsletter Editor here again!

Please take a minute to connect with us on your preferred social media, we are on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 


A quick reminder that the March Virtual Meeting is on 03/10 via ZOOM meeting (login info is in the President-Elect Note above).
There is a YEA Happy Hour at Jack & Ginger's on 03/10 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Sponsored by Scott McGuinnes with HTS.
If you have anything you would like seen in future newsletters, or if you have any concerns/questions about this newsletter, please contact me.

Jake Hall
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Sr. Sales Exectutive, Automation Service
[email protected]
M: (214) 673-7092

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