February 2021 Print

Message from the President

I would like to thank Society President Chuck Gulledge for hosting our Chapter meeting. His presentation on the construction industry being pushed into the digital age was very enlightening. It left me excited to see how a building's virtual twin will benefit our industry.

As we go into March, we have some exciting things happening this month. So keep an eye on your inbox for our next announcements.

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I would like to officially welcome Daniel Magallanes to our Chapter!

Daniel was previously a member of ASHRAE as a student at NC A&T, but has now upgraded to Associate status.

Welcome to the North Piedmont Chapter Daniel, we look forward to having you!

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In honor of Black History month, let's go back and honor one of our African American contributors to our industry.  Alice Parker filed a patent for her heating system on December 23, 1919.  Parker’s system used natural gas to power a furnace for heating. This idea was considered revolutionary at the time, as it conserved energy through central heating. At the time, most central heating systems used coal or wood as heating fuel. Parker's central heating system was the first to use natural gas. 

In Parker’s system, cool air was drawn through the furnace, conveyed through its heat exchanger, then used air ducts to spread warm air throughout the home. The system featured multiple burners and allowed temperatures to be moderated for different areas.

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Student Activities

Please join me in congratulating Kayla McIntosh on the award of the $5000 Benny Bootle Scholarship for the 21/22 academic year.  Kayla also received the James R. Bullock, Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $5000 last year for the current academic year.

Hopefully Kayla’s success will encourage other students to apply.  Some scholarships went unawarded this year due to lack of qualified applicants.

Go Aggies! Go Kayla!

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