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ALOHA - President’s Message - February 2018

Aloha members of the Hawaii ASHRAE community.

January was another eventful month for the engineering community of Hawai’i. In the beginning of the month was the chapter meeting, in the middle of the month was the VEX Robotics State Championships and at the end of the month was the ASHRAE Winter Conference and Expo in Chicago.

The January chapter meeting had two great presentations.  The first one was by Scott Hockin and he discussed domestic water heating with focus on water storage vessels. The main presentation was by Kristina Sells of WSP who discussed the different types of building acoustics as well as some best practice in acoustical design. The February meeting has two similarly great presentations with the main presentation discussing different types of refrigerants.  If anyone would like any of the powerpoint presentations let the ASHRAE board know.

I had the opportunity to be a judge for the VEX Robotics State tournament at the Kamehameha Kapalama campus on Jan. 14th. For those who are not aware, VEX Robotics is the leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world. It puts on more than 750 tournaments with over 10,000 teams from 32 countries and holds a worlds championship each year. The robots that these elementary, middle school and high school students made were awe inspiring with such features like sensors that could tell which colors rings were and follow lines through the play area. Watching the autonomous competition made me believe autonomous vehicles owning the roads is very near. I would recommend everyone to encourage their sons and daughters to participate and to also volunteer in the tournaments. ASHRAE members were well represented at the tournament as volunteers and spectators.

From January 20th to 24th was the ASHRAE Winter Conference and Expo in Chicago.  The 2018 Expo hosted more than 2,000 exhibitors and 65,000 industry professionals.  Every year the event gets bigger and bigger and this was the biggest one yet. Being so isolated here in Hawaii it is difficult to get to see the different technologies that are out there and the event gives engineers the opportunity to see what the engineering community has to offer.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the February meeting on the 8th and then the technical seminar in March!


Kevin Luoma, PE

2017-2018 Hawaii ASHRAE Chapter President


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