September 2018 Print

President's Report

From the President’s Desk……

Patrick Michels

I’ve been involved with Detroit ASHRAE going on eight (8) years now.  The first thing I did when I entered the HVAC industry was look for a way to get involved.  I was fortunate enough to find a roll on the reception committee, which transitioned into other roles such as YEA Chair, Webmaster, Board of Governors, Chapter Treasurer and now as your 2018/19 Chapter President.  I am so honored to serve such a great group of professionals, which is 600+ strong!

I have not only grown personally and professionally with ASHRAE, but have developed many relationships with remarkable people in the industry. I would not be where I am today without the opportunity to serve the Detroit ASHRAE Chapter. 

I have set out to accomplish a few goals throughout my year as Chapter President. I will be working to maintain our strong membership, grow our membership, and gain interest in volunteerism amongst our membership.  I plan on engaging our local A/E firms to promote the benefits of ASHRAE and gain an understanding of our young engineers needs to grow professionally.  Initial dialogue between construction association of Michigan (CAM) have begun as we look to bring another event together this year tying the A/E and Construction professional together.  We are all a team! 

Your Programs Chair has been hard at work this summer and has already set up this year’s agenda.  We will kick off the meetings on September 18th with our gracious host, SMACNA Detroit, at the Roostertail Event Center on the riverfront downtown.  We are fortunate enough to get two great speakers- Eli Howard and Doug Zentz. Eli will be lecturing during the technical session, and Doug will be speaking on Applied Psychrometrics during the dinner presentation.  These two gentlemen bring tremendous experience and expertise to the HVAC industry.  Our first meeting will set the benchmark for the meetings to follow so I hope you’ll find it inspiring and educational.  One meeting to note is our Holiday Dinner, which Consumers Energy has agreed to step in and host us once again at the Dearborn Inn. 

Here’s to a successful ASHRAE calendar year and I look forward to serving you.



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YEA Leadership Weekend 1.0
Portland, Maine – November 2-4, 2018

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge, meeting fellow engineers and having some fun along the way? Look no further than YEA Leadership Weekend! YEA Leadership Weekend is an opportunity for you—the future leaders of ASHRAE—to learn more about Society, develop soft skills and network with other young professionals. Over 600 YEA members have already taken advantage of this great opportunity…will you be next?

This event will include segments on understanding your own personality as well as other types, leadership development for young professionals, communication techniques and ASHRAE leadership opportunities.


YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0
Next event in February 2019

YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0 (YLW 2.0) is designed to provide additional, more advanced resources to YLW alumni. For this continuation of YLW, we bring back Ralph Kison to facilitate and expand on the skills he taught at the existing YLW event. As YLW alumni, you’ve had the opportunity to use the resources and connections you gained at YLW to not only grow your professional careers, but develop your participation within ASHRAE. The purpose of YLW 2.0 is to continue that growth and development, and hopefully inspire even further leadership skills and aspirations!


YEA Leadership International
Belgrade, Serbia – October 19-21, 2018

Interested in a weekend of networking, leadership coaching, and fun? This event is an opportunity for you – the future leaders of ASHRAE – to learn more about Society, develop soft skills, and network with other young professionals. Any YEA member is encouraged to register. Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Understanding the big picture
  • Personal goals that go way beyond work
  • What managers and leaders actually do
  • How to stand out at work
  • What successful people have in common


YEA Leadership U

Have you ever wondered what ASHRAE Officers do at the ASHRAE Winter & Annual Conferences? Here is your chance to find out! Through Leadership U, a handful of YEA members are selected for each conference to be matched up with Society Officers and participate in all of their events and board meetings, including social activities. Leadership U not only allows you to experience a conference like an Officer, but it is also a great opportunity to network and form connections with those active in ASHRAE.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Winter Conference in Atlanta..

The deadline for applications is Monday, October 1, 2018.

If you have any questions about Leadership U or the application process, please contact Rhiannon Masterson at or 678-539-1178.



LeaDRS is an ASHRAE regional program that encourages the development of future regional and Society leaders. Similar to YEA’s Leadership U program, the LeaDRS program allows a Region to select an ASHRAE member to shadow their Director and Regional Chair (DRC) at an ASHRAE conference. The LeaDRS program is open to all ASHRAE members (it is not restricted to YEA members). The LeaDRS program is run, funded, and administered by each Region.

Please review the LeaDRS program document for a complete description of the program.

If you are interested in applying for your Region’s LeaDRS program, please contact your Region’s DRC directly:




Region I

Mr. William Walter

Region II

Mr. Douglas Cochrane

Region III

Mr. Roger Jones

Region IV

Mr. George Austin

Region V

Mr. Douglas Fick

Region VI

Mr. Benjamin Skelton

Region VII

Mr. Michael Cooper

Region VIII

Mr. Jonathan Symko

Region IX

Mr. Trenton Hunt

Region X

Ms. Marites Calad

Region XI

Mr. Keith Yelton

Region XII

Mr. Daniel Rogers

Region XIII

Mr. Ng Yong Kong

Region XIV

Mr. Constantinos Balaras


Mr. Farooq Mehboob


YEA Scholarship for HVAC Design Essentials Training

Presented by the ASHRAE Learning Institute, the HVAC Design Essentials Training allows attendees to gain the fundamentals and technical aspects to design, install and maintain HVAC systems.

To encourage attendance by young professional ASHRAE members, YEA offers attendance scholarships to the HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials training. The full cost of registration to Level I of this workshop will be covered by ASHRAE. Any additional costs, such as airfare or hotel, are not covered by this scholarship.

Applications are open until June 30, 2018. Additional information can be found on the application form.

Criteria: All applicants must be ASHRAE members and 35 years of age or younger as of July 1, 2018 (student members are not eligible). Applicants will be reviewed based on contribution to the industry, ASHRAE involvement and career goals.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhiannon Masterson at or (678) 539-1178.

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