TexASHRAE Monthly Roundup – March 2023

Howdy y’all! Here’s what we’ve been up to this last month:

TexASHRAE General Meeting – Shah Smith and Associates

Our presenters for this month were Wesley Smith, P.E. and Rachel Schutte, P.E. of Shah Smith and Associates’ Austin Office, an MEP firm specializing in projects for education, healthcare, and other mission-critical projects. They presented the design process for designing a laboratory space and went into detail about the challenges that come with it, such as unknown heating loads from specialized equipment. We would like to thank Wesley and Rachel for a great presentation, and for answering questions our attendees had during and after the presentation!

Speaking of attendees, we would also like to mention that we had a great turnout at this meeting (in fact, it’s our highest turnout this year!), and would like to thank everyone that came out to attend this meeting. We hope to see y’all again in the future!

TexASHRAE Monthly Roundup – February 2023

Howdy y’all! Here’s what we were up to over the last month:

Spring Student Organization Fair – February 8th

To start off the month, TexASHRAE attended the spring organization fair. On top of providing information about the club to students. we also utilized a heat pump to demonstrate its cooling capacity by freezing popsicles!

February Meeting – 3D Printing – ICON and The Future of Home Building

Our presenter of the month was Bungane Mehlomakulu, PE of ICON, a firm specializing in 3D printing construction and technology. He presented past, current, and future projects (including a project on Mars!), and went into detail about the materials used for printing, the testing needed for a house to print properly, and how building systems are implemented. We thank Bungane for an amazing presentation, and for answering questions after the presentation!

Girl Day at UT Austin w/ ASHRAE Austin

TexASHRAE joined the Austin chapter of ASHRAE to volunteer at UT Girl Day, a day dedicated to providing hands-on STEM activities to elementary and middle schoolers. For this activity, we provided a lesson about thermodynamics and heat transfer by challenging kids to prevent their piece of popsicle from melting against a heat lamp by covering it with one of a variety of materials. It was a blast for everyone involved