NORTHEAST CHAPTER PRESIDENT 2019-2020
Kevin was born and raised in the Mayfield, NY area, where he attended the local schools until graduation from high school.
After graduation he attended RPI in Troy, NY. He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his years at RPI Kevin was involved with teaching and mentoring activities. He was a Tutor and supervisor for Tutor Time, an RPI affiliated activity for tutoring K-12 students on any subjects they desired. Additionally, Kevin was active in Engineering Summer Camps such as:
-Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for Middle Schoolers
-NYS STEM Summer Program for Middle Schoolers
-PREFACE – A program for college bound students to visit RPI and reside in a dorm and experience what engineering school is like.
During Senior Week at RPI Kevin was recruited by EME Group Consulting Engineers in Albany, NY. He started working EME in June of 2011. His employment would encompass energy consulting, energy audits, commissioning and HVAC design.
Kevin's dream jobs would be to design cores of bowling balls or energy and environment related engineering. The latter offered more opportunities and a broader career path.
Kevin has an ASHRAE Building Energy Assessment Professional Certification (BEAP) which validates competency to assess building systems and site conditions, analyze and evaluate equipment and energy usage, recommend strategies to optimize building resources. It is ANSI accredited and recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Kevin was introduced to ASHRAE by David Houle of EME who got him involved with ASHRAE and appointed him the Research Promotion Chair where he received the Full Circle Award. After a year as Chair of RP, Kevin was asked to step in as Vice President, followed by President Elect and President for 2019-2020.
He enjoys the fact the HVAC is always necessary and changing which makes it interesting. Future involvement would be to serve on the Board of Governors for the chapter and maybe to do some additional committee work. Kevin would like to be remembered for working toward more active participation with related societies such as AEE and ASPE.
Kevin is single with a girlfriend and in his spare time, he likes bowling, soccer, volleyball, wooden bat baseball, hiking, and camping and nature activities. Kevin played trumpet in band and sang in choir during grade school. In college at RPI was co-founder of "Duly Noted" an all-male acapella group where he primarily sang bass and dabbled in arranging and vocal percussion.
We wish Kevin continued success in his career in HVAC and ASHRAE.
Stan Westhoff – Chapter Historian (2-27-2020)
- Written by Stanley Westhoff
We are growing!! SMRT Architects and Engineers are accepting applications for Mechanical Engineers experienced in the design of HVAC, plumbing, process piping and/or fire protection in our Albany, NY office. Strong verbal and written communication skills, a team player, and the ability to lead the mechanical aspects of multiple projects simultaneously are required.
Give us a call or send us a resume, and we’ll see what current opportunities offer you the best opportunities for success. A professional license is strongly preferred, with roughly 5-10 years of relevant experience in multiple market sectors.
SMRT is a growing, fully integrated architecture/engineering firm with a rich, 130-year history. Our core values are designed excellence, resilience, integrity, and community. Our core market sectors are Healthcare, Science/Technology, Criminal Justice, Government, and Higher Education.
- Minimum of 5 years of mechanical engineering experience in technical design and detailing of commercial construction projects, ability to coordinate design documents for construction.
- Developing project management skills
- Strong communication skills, both written and spoken.
- Ability to work both independently as a team member
- Emerging business development and networking skills (desired)
- Professional Engineering License strongly preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required.
- NCEES registration a plus
- LEED Accredited Professional preferred
- Written by Ramy Girgis
We are officially accepting applications for the 2019 ASHRAE Northeast Scholarship. Our scholarship program is designed to encourage and assist in the education of students pursuing a career in HVAC&R. Applicants must be full-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and in a program of study that is applicable to service in the HVAC&R profession. They must attend a college within the Chapters geography or have a permanent address in the area. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, June 7th 2019, and sent to David Ricci, our Student Activities chair. Scholarships will be awarded by 6/30/2019. Full details can be found on the application itself, should you or your applicant have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Click here to download the scholarship form.
- Written by Kendra Potasiewicz
Spring has arrived! Come, join ASHRAE’s Northeast Chapter Tuesday, April 23rd at the Italian American Community Center. Our lunch meeting’s registration will begin at 11:30 am, with buffet style lunch opening @ 11:45 am, immediately followed by our presentation.
This Month’s Topic: Heat Pumps’ Role in the Transition Away from Fossil Fuels
As Presented By: Mr. John Ciovacco
If equipment utilizing fossil fuels was no longer an option, how might that change your role as an engineer, system designer, equipment manufacturer, distributor, or mechanical contractor? To achieve NYS’s energy and environmental goals, heat pumps are being written into NYS policy as the principal alternative to fossil fuel heating & hot water for buildings. The reaction to ConEd’s Natural Gas Moratorium, effective March 15, 2019, has highlighted some of the challenges involved in a transition away from fossil fuels, and towards the electrification of buildings. The NYS Department of Public Service has ordered utilities to develop programs with increased incentives for heat pumps, not only for reductions in fossil fuels but also for decreases in peak electric or peak gas demand.
- Written by Kevin Houghtaling
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