January 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear members of the Utah Chapter of ASHRAE,

Have you ever been asked by a coworker, business associate, or family member, “What the heck is ASHRAE anyway?”  What did you say? What was the first thing that came to mind? I’m sure you started with ASHRAE’s Mission and Vision statement then followed it up with a healthy discussion about ASHRAE’s Core values … right? No?

What? You mean you didn’t know that ASHRAE had a Mission and Vision statement? You didn’t know ASHRAE’s Core Values?  Well today is your lucky day! 

In our hectic lives it’s easy to get bogged down with our day to day tasks and to lose sight of the bigger picture. Life and work are more than just enduring meetings, running calcs, making selections, writing specs, completing proposals, getting a bid out … aren’t they?

I hope you will take a minute to read through ASHRAE’s Mission and Vision statements, and Core Values below. As you do, take a minute to think about why you do the things you do. What is your mission statement? What is your vision? What are your Core Values?

Just some food for thought!


Michael Dallon
President, Utah Chapter of ASHRAE 2019-2020

ASHRAE's Mission and Vision (https://www.ashrae.org/about/mission-and-vision)

Mission: To serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.

Vision: A healthy and sustainable built environment for all.

ASHRAE's Core Values (https://www.ashrae.org/about/ashrae-s-core-values)

Excellence: ASHRAE education, technical information and all other activities and products will always reflect the best practices that lead our industry. We strive for continuous improvement and innovation in all our practices and products.

Commitment: ASHRAE and its members are passionate about serving the built environment, creating value, and recognizing the accomplishments of others.

Integrity: ASHRAE is committed to the highest ethical standards. We work transparently, observing essential requirements for due process and peer reviews to assure our members and stakeholders that we do the right things the right way.

Collaboration: ASHRAE seeks and embraces collaborative efforts with organizations, agencies, and individuals sharing our commitment to sustainable built environments.

Volunteerism: Members lead ASHRAE at every level, serving ASHRAE and helping ASHRAE serve society.

Diversity: ASHRAE is committed to providing a welcoming environment. Our culture is one of inclusiveness, acknowledging the inherent value and dignity of each individual.

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Research Promotion

Research Promotions is the vehicle that provides funds for many different areas related to ASHRAE including: YEA, Research (think new refrigerants), Scholarship etc.

You should donate if you ever have used any tables, books etc. from ASHRAE as these would not exist without the funds provided by RP. Donating is also a  a way to help keep our industry vital.

Mark your calendars for Thursday March 19th at 6:00 p.m. This is the date for our Top Golf RP Fundraiser. Sign up and registration information should be out very soon!!

Thanks to everyone that has donated in the past!!

Cory Wright - RP Chair

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Utah Engineering Council

The UEC Banquet is being held February 22 at FLSmidth. If you want to attend you can order tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-utah-engineers-council-uec-awards-banquet-tickets-76186350425

Congratulations to the following members for being voted as this year’s Utah ASHRAE’s winners for: Engineer of the Year, Engineering Educator of the Year, and Fresh Face of Engineering and to represent ASHRAE at the UEC banquet:

Wade Bennion – Engineer of the Year

Joe Touhuni – Engineering Educator of the Year

Marie VanderVliet – Fresh Face of Engineering

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History Highlights

Rod Butler – ASHRAE Utah Chapter President 1993-94

Rod Butler has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in mechanical engineering in the Utah area.

Rod has held positions with Callie & Evans, VBFA, Olsen & Peterson, Daw Technologies, CH2M Hill and Dennis Group.

While at Daw Technologies, Rod was involved in large-scale cleanroom projects in many parts of the world, including China, South Korea, Japan, Israel, Scotland and many areas of the United States.

Rod was introduced to ASHRAE in 1973 when he worked at Callie & Evans.

Mr. Evans began taking Rod along with him to ASHRAE meetings.

Shortly thereafter, Rod joint VBFA and learned that VBFA would pay for his yearly membership dues.  So Rod promptly joined ASHRAE and has been a member ever since.

Rod has always loved learning from the lectures and feel that it has contributed greatly to his industry knowledge and his career.

After approximately ten years of ASHRAE membership, Rod was invited by Tom Colvin to begin serving in chair positions, eventually leading to Rod’s service as Utah Chapter President.

While working for Daw Technologies, Rod also served on the ASHRAE Clean Spaces Committee.

Rod speaks happily of the many relationships he has built and cherished over the years through his ASHRAE involvement.  He also thoroughly enjoyed attending regional and national conferences and learning from many individuals in the industry.

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Young Engineers in ASHRAE - YEA!

YEA (pronounced “YAY!”) stands for Young Engineers in ASHRAE. In order to qualify, you must be under the age of 35 and currently a member in ASHRAE. As a YEA member, you get first dibs to attend all YEA hosted trainings and social events. Are you over the age of 35 but still interested in attending? No worries, we understand you are still YAH (Young at Heart) and will let you attend all trainings and social events given there is enough space.

Below is our tentative schedule for the Spring Semester

End of February: Technical Training #3 – Engineering Topic

April: Technical Training #4 – Personal Development Topic

May: YEA & Memberships Hosted Spring Social  - Activity to be determined

Also, the YEA Leadership Weekend 1.0 is now open for registration!

This year, the event will be located in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 15th to the 17th. This is an incredible opportunity for one self to take a weekend in a great city, surrounded by other YEA members from different regions, to learn more about your skills and attributes and how to use your strengths in the work force. Registration is $500 and includes hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday, meals during the event (dinner on Friday, all meals on Saturdays, and breakfast and Lunch on Sunday) and all necessary materials and resources. Airfare and any ground transportation costs are not included.

Registration will fill up quickly! If you are interested in attended, it is encouraged to sign up sooner rather than later. You can read more about the Leadership weekend and register for the event online at “www.Ashrae.Org”, under “Communities”, “YEA”, “Events & programs”, “YEA Leadership Weekend 1.0”.

Lastly, if you are a YEA member, please keep an eye out for an email that includes a link to a short feedback quiz on YEA, their events, and their announcements.

If you, or other YEA members in your office would like to know more YEA, their events, and how to become more involved, please email [email protected]

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