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ASHRAE President Elect

Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member

President's Lunch Friday

Professor Bjarne Olesen of Technical University of Denmark holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engg. and Ph.D in Laboratory of H&AC, Technical University of Denmark. Professor Olesen has published more than 350 papers (60 peer reviewed, 70 peer reviewed conference papers, 13 chapters and 200+ publications in proceedings and journals). He is a recipient of ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award. Professor Olesen is also a fellow of ASHRAE, REHVA, AICARR (Italian HVAC&R association) and International honorary member of SHASE (Society of Heating, AC & Sanitary Engineers of Japan). He is a member of TC-6.5 “Radiant Space Heating & Cooling”, TC 2.1 Physiology and Human Environment”, TC 4.3 “Ventilation requirements and infiltration.” Professor Olesen is also a member of ASHRAE Board Planning committee; REHVA Board of Directors; Active House Alliance Board of Directors. He is also an Associate Editor of ASHRAE HVAC&R Journal and a member of the Editorial Committee of REHVA Journal.

Jeffrey D. Spitler, PhD, PE

 Saturday Technical Discussion by Oklahoma State University

Jeffrey Spitler is Regents Professor of mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University where he holds the OG&E Energy Technology Chair.  He is a past president and Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, and a Fellow of ASHRAE. He has authored or co-authored over 150 technical publications including seven books; he has won a number of best paper awards including the ASHRAE Crosby Field award and the Napier Shaw Bronze Medal from CIBSE. Products of his ground source heat pump system research include a design tool for ground heat exchangers (GLHEPRO), methods for estimating ground thermal properties, and simulation models implemented in eQuest, EnergyPlus, and other programs.  In the 2014-2015 academic year, he served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Alternative Energy Technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mark W. Fly, P.E.

Friday Technical Session on Sound and Tour of Governair

Mark is the Director of Engineering and Government Affairs for AAON Incorporated, a manufacturer of packaged HVAC systems and air handling equipment with facilities located in Tulsa, OK and Longview, TX.  He oversees over 135 engineers and technicians working in both the Tulsa and Longview facilities working on new product development, sustaining engineering, order processing and manufacturing engineering. He also promotes the company and industry views and positions by working with Oklahoma’s and Texas’s congressional delegation, trade organizations, and various regulatory agencies. 

Mark has been an ASHRAE member since 1983.  Since 2014 he has served as a Director at Large on the ASHRAE Board of Directors, and is currently Chair of the Society Rules Committee, Chair of Publications and Education Finance Committee, and ExO to the Publications Standing Committee. He has served on and chaired various standing committees and TC since becoming actively involved at the society level in 1986.  He is currently a member of TC 2.6 Sound and Vibration, TC 5.1 Fans, 9.1 Large Building Systems and TC 9.12 Tall Buildings. He was a recipient of the ASHRAE Society Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and advanced to Fellow in 2012.

Barry Benator, P.E., CEM

Friday Technical Discussion on Ethical Decision Making

Barry Benator is founder and president of BENATECH, INC., a consulting and training firm serving clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. Specializing in leadership and management services for the engineering profession, he has more than 30 years of engineering, project management and training experience. He has project managed more than 100 projects, and both he and BENATECH have received awards and commen­dations for their engineering and training performance. 

He has taught leadership and management skills to more than 5,000 engineers, managers, executives and others in leadership positions. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Mercer University in their MBA program. Mr. Benator is coauthor of Project Management & Leadership Skills for Engineering & Construction Projects and developer of more than 20 courses on leadership, project management, communication skills, negotiating skills, energy engineering and life cycle costing. He has been active in technical and professional organizations, and has received awards for his technical and leadership contributions, including the Energy Innovation Award from the Department of Energy and the Engineering Excellence Award from the Consulting Engineers Council of Georgia.


Friday Technical Session on ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient

Mr. Jarnagin has been involved in energy-related research and development activities for over 35 years. His background is diverse, including work in the areas of fluid flow, power plants, automotive and transportation systems, HVAC systems, energy use in buildings, smart grid activities and energy standards development. Mr. Jarnagin has served on numerous utility, government and business advisory boards, lending his expertise to solving their respective energy problems. He served on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida for 10 years, and has been with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the past 20 years. Mr. Jarnagin is active in standards development activities, both nationally and internationally. He chaired ASHRAE’s Standard 90.1 committee for 4 years, providing the leadership to successfully complete a comprehensive revision to that standard in 1999. He chaired a multi-disciplinary team made up of members of four organizations that produced the first Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Small Offices which won 3 national awards from sustainability organizations in the U.S. In addition, he served as chair or vice chair of 3 additional AEDGs. Mr. Jarnagin is active in ASHRAE, having served on the Board of Directors as a Director-atLarge, and served as an ASHRAE Vice President as well. He also served as the Chairman of ASHRAE’s Technology Council, which has stewardship for all of ASHRAE’s research, standards, and technical committees. 

Craig Bradshaw, PhD

 Saturday Technical Discussion by Oklahoma State University

Craig Bradshaw is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, starting August 2016.  He was formerly the Manager of Research and Development at TORAD Engineering from August 2012 until July 2016. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 and his B.S. (with honors option) in 2007, both in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University studying with Eckhard Groll and Suresh Garimella.  Craig’s research interests include the study of HVAC&R systems, their components, and their impact on the environment. Craig has authored/co-authored 1 book chapter, 27 journal and conference publications and is a named inventor on 6 patents relating to the spool compressor. 

Craig has been involved in ASHRAE since 2008 and is currently a faculty advisor to the Oklahoma State University ASHRAE student branch and actively involved in many Technical Committees.  Craig a voting member in TC 8.1 where he is also currently the research chair and former webmaster.  Craig is also a voting member on SPC 23.1 which is updating the compressor testing standard for hermetic, positive-displacement, compressors operating in sub-critical cycles.  He is also a voting member of TC 1.2 and corresponding member of TC 8.11. Craig organized a seminar on behalf of TC 8.1 for the winter meeting in 2015 (Seminar 51) on compressor analysis and participated on the follow-on seminar in winter 2016 (Seminar 65) as a speaker.

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