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Our November Meeting (Nov 1st) is at Camp Aldersgate!

Cooler weather and football!  What a great time of year!  We should have great weather for the golf tournament.  It is October 20th at the Country Club of Arkansas and should be a great time. 

Our YEA Let’s Study Event was a huge success.  I would like to thank Phil Watson for his efforts in putting this together.  I would also like to wish everyone studying for the PE test the absolute best.

All of the things happening in ASHRAE has been made possible from volunteers.  Thank you to everyone that gives of themselves to make our chapter great.

Our November Meeting is at Camp Aldersgate.  I hope to see everyone there!

Max Good


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Chris Nagle

Chris Nagle is the Vice-President of Water Systems at Evapco, Inc. Prior to Evapco, Chris worked as Commercial Leader for Chemical and Equipment water treatment solutions with GE Infrastructure and before that the  Ge Betz Laboratories, BetzDearborn, GE Water & Process Technologies. 

Topic Spotlight

Currently ASHRAE Guidline 12-2000R - Proposed Revision of Guideline 12-2000, Managing the Risk of Legionelloisis Associate with Building Water Systems  was issued for the first public review (July 2017).    Based on this our speaker, Chris Nagle  topic "Understanding Legionella Bacteria and its Sources was very timely."  This presentation seeks to provide a basic understanding of Legionella Bacteria and Legionnaires’ Disease.  Potential sources of bacteria supply and amplification will be reviewed along with tools to help reduce the risk of disease.  Design and maintenance practices for evaporative cooling equipment will also be discussed.


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ASHRAE History

Arkansas ASHRAE History

Russell Black – Historian

Continuing with our publication of historic leadership recall interviews, here is an interview with Ed Tinsley of Tinsley-Mullen Engineers by Tim Staley, Chapter Historian.  Date:  March 25, 1998

Ed was a two-year President of Arkansas ASHRAE in 1989 and 1990.  Ed also wrote the very influential instructional booklet, “A Year in the Life of an ASHRAE Chapter” (May, 1991)

Question 1: Would you give a brief biographical sketch of your life including place of birth, family size, early schooling, higher education, employment background, current family, etc.

  • Born on March 18, 1960 in Houston, Texas. I have two (2) sisters and two (2) brothers. I am    the middle child.
  • Have lived in Houston, Los Angeles, Red Oak IA, and Arkansas
  • Graduated from Sheridan High School in 1978
  • Married Paula Rae Nutt (high school sweetheart) on June 23, 1979
  • Graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1982 with BSME.
  • Worked for the University of Arkansas Physical Plant Engineering Department from 1979 until 1984.
  • Worked for Pettit & Pettit Consulting Engineers from 1984 until 1987.
  • Worked for St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center from 1987 until 1992.
  • Worked for Goodman Tinsley Engineers from 1992 until 1995.
  • Worked for Tinsley-Mullen Engineers from 1995 until present.
  • Paula and I have three (3) children ages 18, 16, and 10.


Question #2: Please describe what attracted you to the engineering industry as well as your first job in the engineering industry.

  •  / have always enjoyed math and science as school subjects.
  • My father is employed in the engineering industry and my mother was a high school math teacher (now retired).
  • My Sunday School teacher at the church we attended in Fayetteville worked for the UA Physical Plant as a mechanical engineer. He offered me a job working as his assistant in 1979.
  • Working at the Physical Plant taught me a great deal about the maintenance and operation of mechanical and electrical systems. Working with real life systems at the same time that I was studying mechanical engineering was a tremendous opportunity. I became much more focused on my studies.


Question #3: How and when did you get involved in ASH RAE?

When I worked at Pettit & Pettit the Principals in the firm strongly encouraged ASHRAE attendance. Kent Pettit, Sam Cummings, Ken Baldridge, Ray Arledge, Floyd Farmer, Jeff Roussel, Randy Ragsdale and others all attended the monthly meetings on a regular basis.

After working as the Reception Chairperson in 1985 I was asked to enter the officer rotation in 1986.

Question #4: As a past Arkansas ASHRAE President, what were some of the major issues facing the HVAC industry at that time?

The major technical issues during my tenure as ASHRAE were Indoor Air Quality and CFC refrigerants.

Question #5: What was the single greatest challenge that faced you during the years you served as an officer for the Arkansas Chapter?

The single greatest challenge during my tenure was coordinating the CRC in 1991 when the Arkansas Chapter was the host. Fortunately, the CRC Chairpersons, Bill Harrison and Sam Cummings, were seasoned ASHRAE veterans and knew what they were doing. They did an excellent job and the CRC went very well.

Question #6: What people stand out as influences on your professional career?

I have been very fortunate to have worked for several of the giants in Arkansas ASHRAE including Kent Pettit, Sam Cummings, and Bill Goodman. These individuals demonstrated to me that ASHRAE involvement would yield many personal returns including technical knowledge and lasting friendships.

Other individuals that strongly influenced my professional career include Dr. Rick Couvillion (UA Engineering Professor), Bill Harp (Engineering Manager at the UA Physical Plant), Larry Whitt (Senior Vice President at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center), and Jim Bradford. Dr. Couvillion demonstrated a love for education, Bill Harp demonstrated a love for the profession and a strong work ethic. Larry Whitt demonstrated common sense and professionalism. Jim Bradford demonstrated enthusiasm and perseverance.

Question #7: What advice would you give a young individual starting out in the HVAC industry today?

Without a doubt I would advise any young individual beginning a career in the HVAC industry to become heavily involved in ASHRAE. I would also advise them that such a career will involve long work hours and that they had better enjoy their work.

Question #8: What advice would you give a current or future ASHRAE Chapter Officer?

I would advise them to ask prior Chapter Officers for assistance. There are many individuals that have been in the ASHRAE trenches and know how things work. Many of these individuals would be eager to help a new officer.

Question #9: Please describe any humorous and/or significant historical events that you recall from your ASHRAE experience.

I have witnessed so many humorous and enjoyable events during my ASHRAE experience that I cannot recall one single event. The most memorable events that I have witnessed were when Jim Monk and Sherry Baldwin won the Golden Gavel

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