Monthly President’s Message

Madison Schultz - President of ASHRAE COK Chapter
By: Madison Schultz

November 5, 2019



Hello ASHRAEcok Family!

I am super excited to serve as your President this year! My goal for the year is to Empower Members. We are lucky to have so many wonderful volunteers helping this year so this year will be jampacked with events; I hope to see you at many of them.

I have a big shout-out this month:

I want to thank Byron Hughes for serving as the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Chair. He has served in this position for several years working to keep ASHRAE members engaged with lawmakers. This year, the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission (OUBCC) is considering input regarding the adoption of the 2018 family of International Codes. As you know, the state of Oklahoma is woefully behind in adoption of building codes, especially the International Energy Conservation Code. For years, Byron has pushed for the state to adopt more modern energy codes. This year, he was able to directly address the OUBCC regarding that effort. This is a huge step forward in the effort to bring the building energy codes in the state of Oklahoma up to an acceptable level. Thank you, Byron, for your tireless effort in this regard!

I would like to welcome Aruna Abhayagoonawardhana as our Diversity in ASHRAE Chair. He has some exciting goals including working with the Student Activities Chair to promote engineering to kids, an event for Women in ASHRAE, and an event for People of Color in ASHRAE. This is the first year that this position has been filled in our chapter. I anticipate great initiatives to stem from Aruna’s leadership. Please reach our to him if you would like to get involved.

I’m looking forward to the YEA and Sustainability events this month. The ASHRAEcok YEA Committee is hosting a happy hour. And the Sustainability Committee is hosting our annual river clean up. Please see their articles for more information. I will see you all there!

I am very excited to see all of you at our Chapter Meeting this month. I am pleased to welcome our featured speaker, Eli Howard. Mr. Howard is the Executive Director Technical Services for SMACNA. He will be presenting an exciting discussion of System Effects on Ductwork. As a reminder, our new location is Will Rogers Theater at 4322 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

All of the committee chairs are hard at work planning spectacular events for the year. Please reach out if you want to get engaged with all they are doing or if you have an idea for an event or activity that will empower members.


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