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--Announces 2017 Undergraduate Program Equipment Grant Recipients--
ATLANTA – ASHRAE announced today its 2017 Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants – which encompasses a group of 26 undergraduate projects led by students from around the world who are poised to continue ASHRAE’s commitment of shaping tomorrow’s built environment today. The awarded grants total more than $118,000 and will help the winning students complete their undergraduate projects.
The Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants is an ASHRAE program that provides grants to engineering, technical and architectural schools worldwide. Its goal is to increase student knowledge, learning and awareness of the HVAC&R industry through the design and construction of senior projects. Grants are used to fund equipment and supplies for senior projects and two-year technical school projects that focus on ASHRAE-related topics.
"Discovering and supporting undergraduate engineering, technical and architectural projects is crucial to enhancing the quality of hands-on experiences for students," says Russell Marcks, a previous winner of the grants and current Student Activities Chair for ASHRAE. "These grants are incredibly helpful in presenting students with the opportunities to work in a task-oriented lab environment with the same real equipment they will work with in the field as professionals."
More than 46 entries were received and evaluated for this year’s grants. The winning projects were chosen based upon guidelines that include: relevance as an ASHRAE-related topic; long-term student impact of the project; amount of funding requested; and the participating students’ involvement with ASHRAE.
This year’s winning projects are:
The top two projects will be presented during the Student Program at ASHRAE’s 2018 Winter Conference, which will take place January 20-24, 2018 in Chicago. Those projects are “Design and Prototyping of a Carbon-Dioxide-based Heat Pump Integrated Energy System,” Ryerson University and “A Hot-Gas Bypass Load Stand to Demonstrate Compressor Performance,” Oklahoma State University. For more information about the program, please visit www.ashrae.org/grants.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 57,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.