April 2018 Print

Message from the President

I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the 2018 year and that winter wasn't too harsh!
Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we have several outdoor events that are planned as we wind down the remaining quarter of our calendar year that we hope you will take the opportunity to join us for!


First off, we'd like to first thank Dr. Nave from NC A&T for being our lecturer at our meeting in March. Thanks again to Hyfab for their hospitality. It was an interesting lecture in which Dr. Nave discussed the uses and regulations of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), as it pertained to our industry. We were blown away by the drone shown in the below photograph, which came with a price tag of only $35,000.00

The 1st ASHRAE Skeet Shoot for RP was a huge success! Thanks to all the individuals and teams who came out and enjoyed a Friday afternoon filled with shells. We raised over $1500 for research promotion!

At 11:30am on April 18th 2018 at Hoffman & Hoffman conference center, we will be having our final "in-house" chapter meeting of the year. This will be a very interesting topic and presentation by the Chair of our Greensboro Community Sustainability Council, Mrs. Faun Finley, who works with city council to create our Greensboro Sustainability Action Plan. Mrs. Finley will present on our local initiatives in sustainability with an eye on the future. Please join us for this interesting discussion and unique opportunity to learn more about what is happening in our community.

Registration is now OPEN for our May 25th,2018 SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT! The details are listed on the website and you will be receiving an email with link to sign up and get your teams registered! Come kick off the long weekend with us at Bryan Park. We always have a great time and this one will not dissapoint.

We will be hosting our YEA Night at Greensboro Grasshoppers ballpark with local A&T ASHRAE Chapter Students on April 19th as the Hoppers battle the Charleston Riverdogs. This is a great way for the students to come out and meet with industry professionals as they prepare to begin their careers, many in our industry. We are looking for any sponsors that would be willing to subsidize the cost of the tickets...($7 each). We expect 15-20 attendees!

The 2018 CRC Planning meeting will commence April 27-28th in Columbia, SC as we look forward to the joint CRC being hosted by Region IV and Region XII August 8-11th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Registration is now open for the August CRC, so please make you plans accordingly.




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Research Promotion

Spring is here and that meas two things.  First, we're making our final push to reach our $29,000 goal for Research Promotion.  TWENTY-NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS.  That's a big number and it's great to be a part of something so impactful.  Thank you to everyone who's donated, volunteered, and/or sponsored our efforts this year and in years past.  I'm confident that we'll meet this goal, but it's going to come down to the wire.  

That brings me to the second thing, the ASHRAE Spring Golf Outing!  This year's outing will be held on May 25 so please mark your calendars.  If you haven't already, go ahead and drag out the ole clubs and take a cleaning brush to your irons.  I'm told those little grooves are important.  Be looking for the emails, and we hope to see you out there!

If golfing isn't your thing, I hope you got to sign up for our First Annual Sporting Clays Classic, which has probably taken place by the time you'll be reading this.  Expect a full report in next months newsletter.  

And as always, if you'd like to make a tax deductable donation online, just go to, or contact me directly at

Thank you,

Rob O'Berry, RP Chair

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Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA)

Come enjoy an evening of Baseball and discounted beverages! Next Thursday, April 19th at 7:00pm is YEA Night at the Grasshopper's ballpark.  Come see our Grasshoppers take on the Charleston Riverdogs on Thirsty Thursday!!  

This is free for all who wish to attend.  Please RSVP with me ( ASAP and let me know how many tickets you will need.  Hope to see you there!!!

Miguel Marquez, YEA Chair

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The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning) industry has somewhat unsung African American heroes.

I would like to recognize a few HVAC Heroes that helped shape our industry as we know it today.

David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.

Engineer, Journalist, Inventor (1898–1976)
An African-American pioneer of heating and air conditioning, David Nelson Crosthwait Jr. is best known for bringing heat to a very cold Radio City Music Hall. His designs led to many HVAC innovations. And the heating system he provided for Radio City Music Hall in New York City is perhaps the most famous example of his legacy.

Crosthwait won a medal from the National Technological Association in the 1930s. And he became the first African American to be honored as a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers in 1971.


Alice Parker

Inventor of the gas furnace

Not much is known about Alice H. Parker except that her design for the first gas furnace became the precursor to what would become the central heating system. Her patented heating furnace set the stage for what would later become central heating for residential and commercial buildings. Parker’s invention was a heating furnace powered by gas with several units with individually controlled air ducts. It was designed to heat different sections of an entire house. Before Parker’s design and patent were approved in 1919, coal and wood were the most common ways to heat a home.


Frederick McKinley Jones

Founder of Thermo King (May 17, 1893 – February 21, 1961)

A man whose inventions helped shape refrigeration as we know it today, Frederick McKinley Jones is known for his innovations in preserving perishable goods during long-haul transportation. Anytime you see a truck on the highway transporting refrigerated or frozen food, you're seeing the work of Frederick McKinley Jones. And if you’ve heard of the name Thermo King — an international enterprise that is still around today — it was McKinley Jones who co-founded it with Joseph Numero in 1938. McKinley Jones patented a portable cooling unit for trucks transporting perishable food. He also innovated portable cooling units during World War II for preserving blood, medicine and food used at army hospitals and battlefields. In 1944, Jones became the first African American to be elected into the American Society of Refrigeration Engineers.  He also became the first African-American to receive the National Medal of Technology, posthumously, from President George Bush in 1991.

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Student Activities

Come join us this Friday (April 13th) from 11:30am-1pm at Cherry Hall Room 111 on NC A&T Campus, to congratulate the graduating Senior class.  Lunch will be provided.  Please come join us in wishing the newest crop of Engineers good luck in their endeavors!!!

Last month our Chapter participated in NC A&T's CERT Energy Day.  We want to thank the volunteers who participated: Mark Bingham, Maurice Harrison & Miguel Marquez! This year they demonstarted how a Siphon works and changing the potential energy of water to kinetic energy to local middle school students.  The volunteers had a great time and hopefully opened up the minds of future engineers and scientists.

Our chapter presenter last month was NC A & T's own Dr. Jerry Nave.  He presented a very interesting program about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs.)  The meeting was well attended by a large contingent of students from the university.

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