ASHRAE Tucson Newsletter


From the ASHRAE Tucson Chapter, we hope everyone had a good summer!

After our last lunch meeting of the 2015/2016 ASHRAE year, chapter president Scott Zimmerman ventured from Tucson to pursue other opportunities. We thank him for his service, and wish him well in his upcoming endeavors. As a result of this vacancy, I, Alan Olsen (who was serving in the role of president-elect) have entered the role of president. I'm humbled by this, and grateful for those knowledgeable individuals around me who have done so much for this chapter. You have an exceptional group of board and committee members interested in making a lot happen this year!

In just about two weeks we will starting our ASHRAE lunch meetings again. Please note we have changed the days for the lunch meetings to the second Wednesday of each month. We are again offering the "sustaining membership" payment option for ASHRAE members. This saves the hassle of paying at each lunch meeting, and you get one for free. You pay for all 9 lunch meetings at once, for the price of 8 ($200). This can be done via credit card on the RSVP link below, or by check at the first meeting. We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your input!


  • Topic: Current Responses to, and Future Opportunities in HVAC Building Sciences at the University of Arizona
  • Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm
  • Location: Barrio Brewing Company
  • RSVP: Click Here

A brief history of HVAC design curriculum at the University of Arizona will be presented by a former student and current Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering adjunct lecturer.  The existing curriculum (Fundamentals of HVAC analysis and design) will be reviewed with opportunities for the audience to suggest changes and a proposed future course (Advanced HVAC analysis and design) will be examined, again with an opportunity to suggest additions.  Finally, the status of a new undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering being considered by the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department of Engineering and the program’s implications to the existing and proposed AME curriculum will be discussed.  The speaker has promised no quizzes and only light homework.  This is a good opportunity to for the HVAC community to provide input to current and proposed curriculum that directly affects our industry.

About the Speaker: Peter V. DeMars   
Peter V. DeMars, P.E. is principal mechanical engineer of DeMars Group, inc., a mechanical/electrical consulting firm specializing in clean space design for semiconductor, biopharmaceutical and device manufacturing clients.  Other projects have ranged from a small 6 person submarine to large projects of 25 million square feet or more where early planning for energy and low carbon responses were critical.  His return to Tucson from his weekly commute to offices in San Francisco allows him better flexibility in teaching, service on local foundation boards and volunteering.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, previously taught the HVAC design course briefly in the 80’s, has been the principal instructor for the HVAC curriculum in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department for the past 8 years and serves as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of ASHRAE at the University of Arizona.


ASHRAE Tucson Grand Prix

  • Date: TBD (possibly Friday, October 7th)
  • Time: Tentatively 4pm-6pm
  • Location: Autobahn Indoor Speedway - 300 S. Toole
We're looking into renting out the new Autobahn Indoor Speedway for an ASHRAE afternoon of racing and fun. We're working out the details, but look for more information and a flyer coming soon.


ASHRAE Tucson & Central Arizona Chapter Trap Shoot

  • Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016
  • Time: More information coming
  • Location: Casa Grande Trap & Skeet, 8015 S. Isom Rd, Casa Grande
"Pull!" Our annual trap shoot, in association with the Central Arizona Chapter, is coming up in November, so mark your calendars. Again, more information and a flyer are in the works.



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