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.


Paul Bemis
Applied Math Modeling Inc
Oct 10, 2017, 5:52 PM