President's Corner

Insights from our 2017-2018 President Paul Bemis

2017-2018 President's Message

posted Oct 10, 2017, 5:52 PM by VP NH   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 6:13 AM by president@nhashrae.org ]

Hello fellow ASRAE members of New Hampshire,

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you and review some of the goals and objectives I have for my two year term here at the NH chapter. Let me begin with some of my background.

I am a NH native and attended both Keene State College and also UNH graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I then went on to study Electrical Engineering and Business at Northeastern. Most of my professional career has been in the high technology market with long employment periods at Hewlett Packard and then ANSYS and Fluent. My most recent role is as the President and CEO of a small software company here in NH focused on the thermal modeling of data centers using CFD modeling software. We have produced a product called CoolSim that is used by companies in the design/build market to optimize the thermal performance of data centers. Many of our existing customers are also ASHRAE members.

My goals for the next two years are fairly simple; I would like to grow the membership of the NH Chapter and become more involved as an organization in supporting the design/build community here in our home state. I was able to attend the CRC event held on Long Island this spring and was pleased to hear the ASHRAE organization is increasing its emphasis on residential building design. As a state with many businesses in the residential building design area, I see this as an opportunity to reach out to our local design and build community to support their design goals. This should include training events focused on residential design to complement our existing work in the commercial market.

In addition to this, I am interested in re-establishing the UNH Student ASHRAE Chapter. The chapter did operate under the guidance of Ralph Draper at the Manchester campus, but has become dormant since his departure. I have been working with UNH Mechanical Engineering students over the past 8 years as part of my work at Applied Math Modeling, and as a result have established a good relationship with them. This year we are sponsoring 5 ME students in the ASHRAE Applied Engineering Challenge. We also have a volunteer ASHRAE Student Advisor who has agreed to work with us, so things look positive for re-establishing a chapter on the Durham campus.

My final goal is to increase the participation of young engineers to both join ASHRAE and to become involved with our chapter. As many of us are getting (a bit) older, I believe it is important to solicit younger engineers to get involved and keep the chapter moving ahead as an organization.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support to the ASHRAE organization, and if you have any ideas for sessions, or would like to provide feedback, please feel free to drop me an email or call me on the phone.

Thanks,



Paul Bemis
President
Applied Math Modeling Inc
603-369-6085

2014-2015 President Message

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:32 AM by president@nhashrae.org   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 7:32 AM ]

All,

 I am sure we are all in feel the same way of “where did the summer go”.   With ASHRAE – Granite State Chapter officially taking the summer off, there seems to have been a lot of activity happening in those off months.   The summer months included:  planning for our 6th Annual Golf Outing, attending the CRC in Tarrytown, NY in August and planning for 2014-2015 program schedules.    Thanks to all who were involved in activities over the summer.

 

The 2014-2015 year started off very successfully….our Golf Outing drew more attendance than we have ever before.   Our programs are starting off to be well attended and drawing interest from many.  .

 

As we start of this year, I would like to ask for some help with our committees. We have a very dedicated group of committee members and committee chairs, however, are always looking for more involvement from the membership. Specifically we are looking for individuals that are interested helping out with Programs,Publicity, Membership, Refrigerationand Webmaster. If anyone is interested or knows of anyone that would be interested, please contact me at rich.ruel@philips.com.

 

If anyone has any ideas for programs for this year, please feel free to contact myself or Tabitha Jason.

 

As we continue into this 2014 2015 year for ASHRAE, let us all remember that ASHRAE is a volunteer organization. If it wasn’t for all of the dedicated individual offering their time, we would not be able to have a successful chapter.

Thanks to everyone and look forward to 2014-2015 year!

Rich

Summer Message

posted May 29, 2014, 5:08 AM by president@nhashrae.org

All,

The year is flying by and it is June already!  As I look back at the 2013-14 ASHRAE year, I want to thank all of those that have made this year extremely successful!  As part of this year, we have exceeded our fund raising goals for Research Promotion.  We have established our PAOE points and have made par on all sections of our grading points.  We have maintained our membership and have put everything in place to start programs with UNH and K12 students.  Congrats to all!!

 

As we finish up this year, I would like to ask for some help with our committees.  We have a very dedicated group of committee members and committee chairs, however, are always looking for more involvement from the membership.  Specifically we are looking for individuals that are interested helping out with Programs, Publicity, Membership, Refrigeration and Webmaster.    If anyone is interested or knows of anyone that would be interested, please contact me at rich.ruel@philips.com.

 

The last activity for this year is our Fishing Trip.  Sign up now if interested!
If anyone has any ideas for programs for next year, please feel free to contact myself or Tabitha Jason.  Please keep your eye open for announcements during the summer….specifically our 6th Annual Golf Outing in September.  See you there!!

 

As we enter into this 2014 2015 year for ASHRAE, let us all remember that ASHRAE is a volunteer organization.  If it wasn’t for all of the dedicated individual offering their time, we would not be able to have a successful chapter. 

 

Thanks to everyone and look forward to 2014-2015 year!

 

Rich

January Message

posted Jan 6, 2014, 1:23 PM by president@nhashrae.org

All,

2014 is here!!   I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday season and that 2013 was good for all of you!   You all have made it a great time to be part of the Granite State Chapter of ASHRAE.   The tours, anniversary party, Toys for Tots drive were all successes in 2013.

 

As we plan into 2014, the year looks positive already.   Activities including fund raisers, tours, tech sessions, golf outings, officer training and installation of officers will all keep us very busy.

 

As we enter into this 2014 year for ASHRAE, let us all remember that ASHRAE is a volunteer organization.  If it wasn’t for all of the dedicated individual offering their time, we would not be able to have a successful chapter. 

 

Thanks to everyone and look forward to 2014!

 

Rich
 
Richard Ruel
President Granite State Chapter - ASHRAE

January Message

posted Jan 21, 2012, 3:23 PM by president@nhashrae.org   [ updated Jan 21, 2012, 8:07 PM ]

Hi,

This year is our 25th Anniversary!!  Certainly something to celebrate.  Each year the president sets a theme or focus for their presidency.  Some years it's about YEA, or Research and Promotion, etc.  This year I want to focus on inspiration.  How does one set out to inspire?  I find the many members that have been active in our chapter inspiring.  Some have been active for many of the 25 years.  That's inspiring and almost heroic.  Your participation and involvement is what allows our chapter to thrive and be successful.  Thank you. 

At this point we would normally be talking about our January meeting, but it was moved to January 31st due to a snow storm.  Our December meeting was by Neal Fischer and Ed Allen with Multi-Aqua on Water Reclaimation Systems.  We want to thank Neal Fischer and Ed Allen for the great presentation.  Our January 31st meeting is at the Fratellos in Manchester where Harry Milliken will be discussing Natatorium design.  We also have a Joint meeting and facility tour on January 25th with AFE Chapter 140.  Tour will be at the Buderus facility followed by dinner at The Yard Restaurant on South Mammoth Road in Manchester.  Our February meeting will be Feb 9th at the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord.

We continue to advertise our new website has changed to www.NHASHRAE.org.  This is big step towards achieving our goal of maintaining the new website monthly.  Our officers all have access and can update the site as a team.  It is a continuous work in progress, if you have not seen it, go check it out.  We are looking for feedback and was to grow or improve the site.

I want to remind us of our history.  ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 55,000 members worldwide. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing HVAC and Refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing & continuing education.

We are always looking for help on the Board Of Governors, committee chairs and officer positions.  We have a recent new addition to the Board Of Governors and want to welcome Tabitha Jason to the board.  Many of our committees are a committee of ONE.  We want to expand our committee, to at least TWO people and are in need of volunteers.  Not a large time commitment, maybe an few minutes responding to emails, work as a backup to the committee chair, no more than an hour or two a month.  Feel free to contact myself or any officer or BOG if interested.  With your involvement, you can be an inspiration for others.

Last topic is YEA, the Young Engineers in ASHRAE.  Our goal is to foster engineers under the age of 36.  Our chapter and really ASHRAE as a society cannot continue long-term without new incoming (Young and Active) members.  How can you help?  You can help identify and inspire young engineers to seek out ASHRAE, attend and become active in the chapter. Bring someone new.  Reach out to an existing member that has not been to a meeting in a while.  Just inspire and remove roadblocks to attending.

Our Board Of Governors, Committee chairs and Officers rock!  There is a lot of dedication and effort there.  Some BOG members have been active in the chapter since almost the very beginning.  Some help with the Maine chapter as well.  We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year!  That goes to show the effort and dedication of our members.  A lot of dedication has gone into ASHRAE and keeping our chapter alive, and promoting the vision of ASHRAE.  We cannot do it without volunteers like you.  I personally am inspired by the dedication that many of our members show.  If you are not active and involved in the chapter, I encourage you to get involved.  That's how we make a difference.

Thank you,
Joshua Benoist, PE

October 2011

posted Sep 30, 2011, 3:01 AM by Brice Kosnik   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 3:02 AM ]

All,
 
Welcome to the 2011-2012 year of ASHRAE!  We have lots to be thankful for.  Let me start by thanking Joe Myers for the past two years of hard work and dedication as President.  Also want to thank the chairs and board of governors for their hard work last year.  We started this year with a bang at the September golf outing.  We want to thank Andy Arsenault and Bob Studley for organizing a very successful golf tournament and presentation.  We had 52 golfers plus 15 more for the meeting.  We want to thank Gary Phetteplace for the presentation.  I want to thank everyone that attended the CRC regional meeting in New York City.  We learned a lot, and come home with lots of ideas to try this year.  Thank you Brice Kosnik for the hard work on our new chapter5 website www.NHASHRAE.org.  Some areas are still a work in progress, if you have not seen it, go check it out.  And last, we want to thank Steven Rosen our Regional Vice Chair for Research and Promotion, who attended the outing and spoke to our chapter on Research and Promotion from a regional perspective.
 
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 55,000 members worldwide. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing HVAC and Refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing & continuing education.
 
In the hustle and bustle of the golf outing and presentation I was concerned we may not have communicated the idea clearly behind the presentation.  Every year many of us donate money that goes towards Research and Promotion.  It can be a "black box" of sorts, our money goes in and we may not directly see the work or results on a local level.  We felt that we could shine a light on research happening right in our back yard by our own chapter member, Gary Phetteplace.  Was a great example of our Reserach & Promotion donations at work.  Thank you Gary so much for the presentation on the research you and your firm has been doing.  There are so many ways to help fulfill the ASHRAE goals above, and donations towards Research and Promotion is one of many ways.  We are always looking for help on the Board Of Governors, committee chairs and officer positions.  Not a large time commitment, maybe an hour or two a month.  Feel free to contact myself or any officer or BOG if interested.
 
The month of October we will be having Energy Modeling sessions again like we held last May.  October 5th is our first meeting at 6pm at the Autodesk building in Manchester on Commercial street, 3rd floor.  Joe Cefaly will discuss EnergyPro energy analysis software at that meeting.  The next week is open and we are looking for a volunteer to do a presentation.  I will be traveling the next week of the 17th and so we will skip that week and use the first week in November as a make-up.  The last week of October we have the Taco VWV Energy Analysis program to discuss.  The first week of November is open and looking for volunteers.  We may open this up to LEED analysis programs as there was some interest expressed.  Pizza and pop provided.  Each meeting is worth 2 PDH CEU credits, so if you are a Professional Engineer this may help.
 
Last topic is YEA, the Young Engineers in ASHRAE.  Our goal is to foster engineers under the age of 36.  Our chapter and really ASHRAE as a society cannot continue long-term without new incoming (Young and Active) members.  I want YOU to think about how YOU can help identify and inspire young engineers to seek out ASHRAE, attend and become active in the chapter. We have a great Board Of Governors, chairs and Officers.  Some BOG members have been active in the chapter since almost the very beginning.  Guess what, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year!  I cannot say that enough.  We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year!  A lot of dedication has gone into ASHRAE and keeping our chapter alive, and promoting the vision of ASHRAE.  I personally am inspired by the dedication that many of our members show.  If you are not active and involved in the chapter, I encourage you to get involved.  That's how we make a difference.
 
Thank you,
Joshua Benoist, PE

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