Nation’s Coolest: UCF Club Consistently Ranks High in ‘Green’ Engineering Competition

UCF mechanical engineering senior Kevin Bauer wants people to know that the national award-winning student club he leads – the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers – is devoted to reducing global energy consumption, and not to repairing appliances.

The student engineers design and build heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for buildings and for seven of the past nine years, UCF’s designs have placed in the top three in ASHRAE national contests.

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Student Activities Update – August 2015

The students at UCF have done it again! As we announced it earlier this week, the Design Calculations team took home second place for their design of a proposed educational facility located in Qatar, United Arab Emirates. With the support of local firms and engineers, Justin Thomas, Eduardo Casas, Michael Willaford and Kevin Todoro accomplished this tremendous win. A big THANK YOU to all the local firms and engineers who have spent time mentoring our student members, providing them with internships, and donating to our student branch.

As the new academic year approaches, we want to make the best for all the upcoming seniors going into Senior Design and juniors getting started with their Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer classes. Therefore, I want to challenge everyone who was a student at some point in their life, to take interest in welcoming every student member at our dinners and create personal connection with them. As a recent graduate, and now Student Activities Chair, I believe it is essential for students to develop their “professional brand” early on, and what better environment than our monthly gatherings!

Lastly, in order to create vivid memories for both university and high school students, I will be calling on a few of you to give short presentations on topics like “Life as An Engineer” or “Qualities Employers are Seeking in Students”.

– Christian Robledo, Student Activities Chair

GGAC Update – July 22, 2015

Dear ASHRAE Member,

ASHRAE respectfully requests your help and voice to protect the development, adoption, and implementation of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) from the potentially harmful effects of proposed Federal legislation.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is currently developing comprehensive energy legislation that could include language from the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R.1273, commonly known as “Blackburn-Schrader”) that would likely limit the technical assistance that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) currently provides, upon request, to ASHRAE, the International Code Council, States, and Indian tribes for the development, adoption, and implementation of Standard 90.1 and the IECC.

This language would also prohibit the Federal government from funding actions by DOE or States to advocate, promote, or discourage the adoption of a particular building energy code, code provision, or energy saving target to a State or Indian tribe; or funding private third parties or non-governmental organizations that engage in this type of advocacy. This is very broad language that could have far-ranging implications. For instance, DOE could be prohibited from providing funds to ASHRAE Chapters that provide training, education, and related activities to State and local code officials or other policymakers on Standard 90.1.

Taken together, the possible provisions in this legislation threaten to reduce understanding of the potential full impacts of the consensus-based model building energy codes.

ASHRAE’s leadership believes that more information is needed, not less. As a result, I strongly encourage you to contact your U.S. House Representative and urge them to protect model building energy codes by opposing the inclusion of language from H.R.1273 in any bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For your convenience, ASHRAE has provided a suggested letter to send to your U.S. Representative. Please take action by clicking here or visiting

Thank you in advance for your time and efforts to protect the development, adoption, and implementation of 90.1 and the IECC.


David Underwood
ASHRAE President 2015-16