Arkansas ASHRAE Newsletter: The Razorback Report

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President's Report

The President’s Message
By: Ron McCarty

It appears that Fall is here as the temperatures drop and the leaves start to change.  HVAC systems are starting to change over from cooling to heating mode.  It is hard to believe that we are getting ready for our third meeting for the year.  So far, the first two meetings have been a great success with record attendance and based on the current program calendar meeting interest should remain high with a great line-up of events.   The next meeting on November 7th at Camp Aldersgate where Steve McConnell has arranged for us to have ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer as our speaker.  Look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and if you can please bring a non-member to the meeting to introduce them to ASHRAE.

All the committees are in full operational mode promoting ASHRAE across the state.  A lot of activity is being put forth on the K-12 and Higher Education fronts.  This is the future of our profession, so if you are asked to help this committee please take a few minutes to do so and help.  

On the event side, our Fall ASHRAE Golf outing was a great success.  I want to thank everyone involved for their help and support for this event.  Additional events are coming up for our YEA and Student Activity groups.  Please look for times and places in the upcoming newsletter.

In closing of this message, I just wanted you to know that our ASHRAE community has lost two members this month, Albert Davis and Charles Batson.  These two individuals will be missed and our prayers go out to their families. 

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Chapter Meeting Announcement

Central Arkansas ASHRAE 
Chapter Meeting & Seminar
Hosted By: Arkansas ASHRAE Board of Governors

Agenda for 11/17/2018:
10:15 - 11:30    Board of Governors' meeting
11:30 - 12:00    Lunch and Announcements
12:00 - 1:00      Victor W. Goldschmidt, Ph.D. (ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer)
           Thinking Like an Engineer and Societal Challenges
1:00 - 3:00     Victor W. Goldschmidt, Ph.D. (ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer)
           2-hr Seminar - PDH Opportunity - Leadership Principles
Speaker Spotlight:

Victor W. Goldschmidt, Ph.D. (ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer)

Victor W. Goldschmidt, Emeritus Mechanical Engineering Professor, served at Purdue University from 1964 through 2000. He is currently serving as a Leelanau County Planning Commissioner as well as a facilitator and engineering consultant. During his 36 years at Purdue University, Mr. Goldschmidt was responsible for educating mechanical engineering students, including the direction of graduate research in the HVAC area. Most of his service with graduate students was with the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories with heavy support from the HVAC industries. During early stages of his career, he served as Director of the Engineering Purdue Fellows in Latin America; during later stages he served as department head for Freshman Engineering. Prior to his academic involvement, he worked in Applications Engineering and Development Engineering with Honeywell. Mr. Goldschmidt has taught almost every course in thermal sciences offered at Purdue, as well as a special upper level technical course on the “Creative Process in Engineering.” He is trained as a Synectics (special brainstorming) facilitator and is currently engaged in the development of strategic plans and problem solving sessions. A past ASHRAE Director-at-Large, he also has served as a member of Publishing and Technology Councils. He is an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award recipient and Fellow, as well as Honorary Member of IIR, ACAIRE, ASURVAC and AAF. He resides in North Michigan, above Traverse City.

Thinking Like an Engineer and Societal Challenges

After 40 years lecturing to Mechanical Engineering students the presenter has evolved and reconsidered what his purpose should have been as an educator.  It goes beyond transfer of information and mastery of a necessary set of tools. It also goes further than applying those tools in the art of problem solving.  The presentation will highlight the nature of engineering thought processes, recognizing the role in problem solving, looking for alternatives, using creativity, thinking in a pragmatic manner, considering safety, and always asking questions. Societal problems exhibiting failure in thinking like engineers will be presented. These are to be examples and challenge for critical thinking on the part of engineering professionals while responsibly serving society. 

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Calendar of Events

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ASHRAE Events & Sponsorships

CRC (Chapter Regional Conference) is the annual meeting for all 15 chapters in ASHRAE Region VIII.  The CRC is a golden opportunity for all the chapters to come together and learn about and from each other.  CRC ends with the big event of the awarding of the Golden Gavel to the best chapter of the year.  The conference also gives everyone an opportunity to meet and fellowship together. Each year a different chapter hosts the CRC and opens their doors to the Region. This years CRC Region VIII event will be hosted by the Mexico City Chapter in Cancun, Mexico. Mark your calendar and lets have a strong reprensentation of our Central Arkansas Chapter. 


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Thank you all for your generous contributions and sponsorships benefiting ASHRAE Research.  We are planning some fun activities like Poker Nights, Fall and Spring Golf, Raffles and a Trap Shoot to help raise funds for ASHRAE Research.  Look for a calendar in next month’s newsletter announcing these events and dates.  We will also recognize our chapters major donors at the November meeting.  Please attend and join me in personally thanking these individuals and business’.  In the meantime you can go to ASHRAE’s website,, to donate to RP programs including, ASHRAE Research; ASHRAE Scholarships for undergraduate students; ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI); development of new courses & materials; Graduate Research Projects (Grants-in-Aid); Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Leadership Training; and Permanently endowed support to all of the above programs.  The ASHRAE RP campaign raises over $2.2 Million a year from over 6,000 contributors in our industry.  Arkansas and Region VIII are a major part of that success.  Again, thank you for your support in the past and this year’s campaign.

Steve Keen, RP Chair

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YEA & Student Activitites

YEA and Student Activities joined to host their annual bowling night in October which was a huge success! Seventeen participants came out to bowl with seven being engineering students and the other ten being local engineers. The highest scoring team had 532 points combined and received a picture with the golden pin. The highest individual score was engineering student Jake Brantt with 153 points.  Thanks to all of the engineers and students who attended. 

Student Activities is still looking for volunteers to sign up to speak to K-12 classes about STEM.  If you are interested, please sign up in the link below or contact Fallon Lee (

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