October is Student Activities month, and we are off to a roaring start this year!
Our ASHRAE student branch at UCF hosted its first on-campus meeting Sept. 20th to a student body of 17 members and hopefuls. Christina Webb was the guest speaker for the event, where she discussed the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA) and their ENERGYSTAR specialist program – an exclusive internship opportunity through CFEEA that is only being offered to ASHRAE student members! The next series of training sessions for that program begin this month, so if you are a student and you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our ASHRAE International Design Competition student design teams are now knee deep in technical mentoring sessions, geared towards providing them with the tools and knowledge to continue to excel on the world stage. On Sept. 21st Megan Tosh, Ian Lahiff, and I provided the students with an outline of our industry, the key players and their roles, and the breakdown of the supply chain at Stan Weaver & Co. Key abbreviations and blueprint reading exercises were administered to introduce our students to how we communicate via schematics and layouts in our industry. A follow up mentoring session on Sept. 23rd was hosted by John Miller and I at Peninsula Engineering, where we introduced the students to psychrometrics, how to perform building load calculations, and zoning strategies. We have a few more mentoring sessions scheduled for this fall semester, where we intend on presenting to the students a greater look into psychrometrics and how that pertains to selecting HVAC equipment, how to use ASHRAE Std. 90.1-2007, and an overview of project management and pricing. If you would like to get involved and help mentor these students in any of these topics, or if you have other ideas that you’d like to provide instruction on, please contact me at Nathaniel.email@example.com.
Our student branch is currently working on setting up a K-12 teach-in at a local school, tentatively with a December time frame. If you would like to be involved please contact me. In the meanwhile, there are several more k-12 opportunities for us to go out and open up the young minds in our community towards our mission and the engineering sciences as a whole. Seminole county schools will be hosting their teach-in on November 16th, you can volunteer at https://www.ocps.net/es/cr/resources/Pages/ADDitions.aspx. Orange County will be hosting their teach-in the following day, November 17th, the registration link is https://www.ocps.net/es/cr/resources/Pages/ADDitions.aspx.
Finally, Osceola County will host their teach-in on November 18th, you can find out more at http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/. If you intend on volunteering on any of the above mentioned dates, please contact me. I encourage you all to take a day and volunteer at a school. Reaching out to the next generation and introducing them to our mission is an important aspect of our responsibility to promote a sustainable world.
By, Nate Boyd– Student Activities Chair, 2010-2011