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President's Message: 

San Jose ASHRAE Members and Friends,

I wish I could comment on clear, crisp, fall air but it looks like another late summer and smoky fire season is in store for the Bay Area. Coupled with the ongoing interest in COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is front and center on everyone’s minds these days. We are very excited to welcome Distinguished Lecturer Brian Monk to present at our October Technical Webinar on IAQ and Cognitive Function in High Preforming Buildings. Join us virtually on October 13th to learn more about how we can better design and retrofit existing buildings for improved indoor air quality.

In the same vein, we’re looking forward to having Distinguished Lecturer David Schurk present on Using Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization to Create Healthy Indoor Environments at our November Technical Webinar and Student Night. I’m sure many technologies will emerge due to our current climate and I’m looking forward to learning about this one. Current students can email for free registration to both events.

If you were unable to attend the Terrarium Workshop for our Women in ASHRAE and Diversity in ASHRAE programs on September 24th, you missed a great event! Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, Norman S. Wright, Point Energy Innovations, and Heat Technology Products, we were able to build Pinterest worthy terrariums while enjoying planty humor from Seth with Succulence. I cannot thank Vanessa O’Connor enough for her initiative and creativity with planning this event for our chapter.

I very much missed our standard September Social and networking with friendly faces, but virtual whiskey tasting and chapter lore did not disappoint. Thanks to our sponsors, DMG North and LG, we were able to provide eighty members with tasting kits from 10th Street Distillery in San Jose. I want to thank Joe Chin for all his hard work planning this event and scrounging up some interesting facts about our chapter!

If you have ideas or requests for future meetings, both technical or social, please let us know what you’d like to see! This will be an unprecedented year and we are always looking for feedback as to how we can best serve our members. We are also always looking for sponsors and would love to work with you to create an event you’d like to be a part of.

I’m sad to announce that this years Winter Conference and AHR Expo have been postponed from January 25-27th in Chicago. We are cautiously optimistic that they will be conducted in person March 15-17, 2021. The decision will come on or before October 15th – stay tuned!

Stay healthy and safe,

Elise Kiland

2020-21 San Jose Chapter President


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