New American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Student Chapter at College of DuPage

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By Mike McKissack

College of DuPage was recently accepted to house a student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

“Acceptance for a student chapter by ASHRAE is a big deal because they are almost exclusive to four-year engineering schools,” said Christopher Lexow, COD HVACR Instructor and ASHRAE chapter Student Board Advisor. “This honor provides national and professional validation of what we already know: our program is an educational leader in the engineering and HVAC industry.”

According to ASHRAE Student Chapter President Jason Maurer, COD having an ASHRAE student chapter offers several benefits.

“Having an ASHRAE student chapter at COD means we can apply for extra funding through grants for research and development for a variety of projects and initiatives such as a student-built, hands-on lab space,” Maurer said. “Another benefit is that as a club that we can offer scholarships through the chapter to students to help fund their educational needs.”

Founded in 1894, ASHRAE, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

Comprising 32 students from COD’s HVAC and Engineering programs, the chapter is off to a busy start.

“In March, we organized a raffle that that encompasses more than $12,000 in prizes donated from our industry partners which will raise money for the program and help the winning student’s future by supplying the correct tools for future employment,” Maurer said. “We will also be starting work on a building design competition in which the student chapter will be competing against more than 100 four-year universities from around the world. We hope to do well during the competition and show the country what our chapter and COD are capable of doing.”

The chapter will also have a booth set up at the College’s second annual STEMCON, a free interactive fair celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The HVACR program at College of DuPage provides students with the theory of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating, electrical circuitry, control equipment, and system design, as well as hands-on experience a state-of-the-art lab on cutting-edge equipment. Students can choose from a variety of certificates, including Energy and Analysis, a Service Technician and a Stationary Operator certificates, as well as A.A.S. degrees such as Contractor, Service Technician and Facility Maintenance Mechanic.

Click here for more information about the HVACR program at College of DuPage.

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 28,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants nine associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

(Pictured above: Members of the College’s newly-formed ASHRAE student chapter, ASHRAE officers and COD HVAC faculty members with more than $12,000 worth of tools and equipment donated to help raise funds for the chapter by industry partners)

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