President’s Message

By: Damon McClure

Hello Central Oklahoma Chapter. September 11 has in the past marked a tragic day in our history with all the lives that were lost and affected on 9/11/2001. I would like to take a moment of silence to honor those who lives were lost or impacted on this day. This September 11 was a day of remembrance, beautiful pristine weather conditions, and it also marked Central Oklahoma Chapter’s annual golf tournament. The golf tournament was a success and I would like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, and participants that contributed to this year’s tournament. Please see the news article from Bryan Garcia with event specific details such as event winners, sponsors, and other accolades. 

As mentioned in my previous article, one of our chapters directives this year is to increase the overall chapter contribution to Research Promotion, by providing more individual and chapter sustainable contributions. One individual contribution I would like to personally recognize is Bryan Garcia and the time he has selflessly volunteered each year to arrange our tournament. Bryan’s efforts united with Chris Dolan’s creative RP programs has raised more money this year than any other tournament in recent memory. This year’s golf tournament was tremendous start to our chapter’s goal as we raised over $18,000 for Research Promotion and Scholarships. Contributions by our chapter members are greatly appreciated and as chapter officers we should do our part to participate in contributing. Therefore, as our chapter has in the past, this year’s chapter officers and Board of Governor (BOG) members have decided to participate the society’s Full Circle program. As a group we will individually give above and beyond the honor roll level. Also, did you know that you can individually contribute at https://xp20.ashrae.org/secure/researchpromotion/rp.html and you can earmark your donation to research, scholarships, and/or general funds if preferred. These contributions are put to good use to further ASHRAE advancement locally and globally.

These contributed funds indirectly assist in our chapter’s third directive to increase the chapter’s student, Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA), and women memberships. Several chapter officers, chairs, and members are currently working with Oklahoma State University (OSU) and their students in this regard. We are directly working Dr. Bach, Dr. Bradshaw, Dr. Fisher, and Dr. Spitler for the Thermal Systems Senior Design Competions (MAE 4344) on various projects. Several of these projects are sponsored by ASHRAE and various industry manufacturers. I have personally mentored two groups with their project “A Learning Environment for Selection of HVAC Duct Work”, in which undergraduate students will develop a duct work learning environment. The experimental setup will eventually be utilized each semester to demonstrate hands-on experiments with duct fittings’ effect onto pressure drop and fan curve. After completion the ASHRAE sponsored project will be integrated into OSU’s new undergraduate laboratory with the ASHRAE logo being presented on the setups along with other previously developed systems.

In closing, weather it is personal contribution, chapter contribution, student growth, and/or RP driven programs, I am grateful our chapter will continue to work towards contributing to a purpose that will eventually impact every level in ASHRAE. We are doing our part to sow seeds that will grow with time to “Contribute. Purpose.”

 CRC 2016

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To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

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Last Updated: 10/02/2017