Aloha, E Komo Mai!

Welcome to the ASHRAE Hawaii Chapter Website 



Messsage from the 2014-2015 Chapter President

William Lee, P.E.

Bill Lee, P.E.

Aloha! It is my honor to serve as your Chapter President for this next Society year.  We have a great group of Chapter officers, Board of Governors, and Program Chairs who are looking forward to serving the Chapter.  If we may be of service to any of you, please let us know.  Mahalo and looking forward to meeting with all of you soon.




Message from 2013-2014 Outgoing President

Barry Jim On, P.E.

Barry Jim On, P.E.

My thanks again to all the members and corporate sponsors who have contributed to the success of our Chapter over the years and especially this past Society Year.  We do well only with your support and I ask for your continued support to Chapter President Bill Lee, P.E. and his leadership team that they may do even better next year.

A Hui Hou,




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September Chapter Meeting at 6pm, Plaza Club, 20th Floor, Honolulu, Hi


ASHRAE Society News:

Presidential Member Bill Coad (2001-2002) passed away on August 9, 2014.

I first “met” him through articles he published in ASHRAE Journal and HPAC Engineering and was enlightened and entertained by the way that he made the connection between engineering practice and scientific fundamentals. It was clear that he was not the typical engineer. He preached Einstein’s (paraphrased) dictum – that everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler – and applied it to his work. I still use some of Bill’s articles in my classes at Penn State.

Eventually, I got to know Bill personally through service on ASHRAE Technical Committees. During his year as ASHRAE President, I invited him to visit our student branch. Unlike many presidents who stuck to their theme addresses, Bill gave an excellent technical talk at the right level for a student audience. He was not only a talented technical thinker, he was also a great communicator and teacher.

One of the things I remember best from Bill’s repertoire of technical talks was the distinction between “design according to the products of the marketplace” and “design according to the laws of physics.” His point was that we should strive to conceive the best possible solution and then find or create the products to construct it instead of designing according to habit or custom. Not everyone has the skills or courage to take that approach, but it is the kind of philosophy Bill expressed that I found inspirational.

I could add many other stories about Bill’s technical capabilities, but I will close this short reminiscence by recalling, instead, what a kind, witty, pleasant gentlemen he was. For many years, Bill led a toast at ASHRAE winter and annual meetings in memory of Allen Hanley, a departed long-time Technical Committee colleague. Now, I imagine that committee will be raising a glass to Bill as well. May his memory be with us for a very long time!