YEA

What is YEA?

To ensure the future of the Society and the industry, ASHRAE is committed to advancing its programs and services for young members through helping them build their professional foundations. With this in mind, ASHRAE created a committee called Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA), for members age 35 and younger!

What can YEA do for me?

We’re glad you asked! To help you develop your skills, grow as a professional and expand your network, the YEA Institute was created to off er a variety of YEA focused education and networking programs tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re learning at a conference, attending a leadership weekend or receiving one-on- one advice from a fellow ASHRAE member, the YEA Institute is the perfect opportunity for you to make the most of your time with YEA.

YEA Guide


YEA Leadership Weekend

  • YEA Leadership Weekend is an opportunity for future leaders of ASHRAE to develop soft skills and network with other young professionals.
    • Understand your own and other’s personalities
    • Develop leadership skills and tools
    • Explore team dynamics
    • Broaden and refine existing communication techniques
  • Objectives of leadership weekend are:
    • Leadership, networking, communication, and professional development
  • Leadership Weekends are held twice per year:
    • In the spring on the West Coast
    • In the fall on the East Coast

YEA Leadership International

  • We held the first YLI event in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the fall of 2012. Based on its success, the YEA Committee was approved to host this event every year. The event has since been held in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Goa (India), and Athens.
  • YLI has the same goals as YLW, which is to act as an opportunity for future leaders of ASHRAE to learn more about Society, develop soft skills and network with other young professionals.
  • Objectives of leadership weekend are:
    • Leadership, networking, communication, and professional development

YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0

  • Continuation of YLW and is designed to provide advanced training resources to YLW alumni
  • Limited to 15 attendees. Requirements:
    • Current ASHRAE member (do not still have to be a YEA member)
    • Previous YLW or YLI attendance
  • Ralph Kison (who leads the YLWs) returns as the event facilitator to expound on soft skills and personal/professional development strategies.
  • The inaugural event was held in May 2017 and sold out within 48 hours!

LeaDRS

This Regional program allows for the development of future Regional leaders through their shadowing of current DRCs and support from the Region. LeaDRS would be a program that is run, funded, and administered by each Region in order to develop incoming or new Regional leadership. As a participant in this program, the DRC would select a participant from the Region to shadow the DRC at a Society Winter or Annual conference. The participant’s travel expense would be covered by the Region as an investment in the development of their future leadership. While not specifically required, it is the intention of this program to prepare new YEA members their upcoming duties and expectations as a Regional leader through direct interaction with the DRC.

Leadership U

This program is similar to LeaDRS, but is run by society and involves selecting 4 total members to follow 4 society vice presidents.  Applications can be found on the ASHRAE website and will also be sent out by me when it comes around.   

HVAC Design Essentials Training

This program isn’t run by YEA or anything, but YEA does offer a scholarship.  Five scholarships are awarded about every six months to be used for any of the courses in a 6 month period.  This program is roughly monthly and is a 3-5 day course going over the HVAC Design Essentials.  More information can be found here: https://www.ashrae.org/education-certification/hvac-design-and-operation-training