President's Message

    President's Message: SEPTEMBER 2017

    President of the Central Arizona Chapter of ASHRAE

    Meg Gates



    Hello, and welcome back to ASHRAE! I am honored and excited to be acting as your Chapter President this year. My goal is to follow the theme of Society President, Bjarne Olesen: “Extending our Community” and apply it to our Chapter locally.  

    The board and I would like to extend this professional organization beyond engineers and encourage more connectedness with cities, clients, architects, contractors, and students. I would like to see our community become a place where competitors are your friends and all construction professionals­ can learn alongside each other to focus on our shared needs and objectives of the building industry. We will also strive to create a stronger connection between our industry and the ASU Student Branch. The Chapter and Student Branch should be a resource for employers to find interested and quality interns or new hires, and the students can benefit from on-the-job training and real world application of the principals they are studying.

    If you haven’t noticed already, the schedule, format, and presentations are a bit different than what you might have been used to. Of course, we will keep the tradition of providing technical training, but will endeavor to create a more discussion oriented atmosphere for networking. After all, there is a lot we can learn from each other!

     “Extending our Community” here in Phoenix will also include collaboration with the Tucson Chapter, support for members interested in joining technical committees, and sponsorships for our members to attend regional trainings or interact with Society at the annual conferences.

    As we continue to build our interpersonal and professional relationships, further enhance our knowledge and training, and look for increased engagement, I am confident we will have a fun and successful year!

    Lastly, I’d like to thank all of the current volunteers that make this organization possible and look forward to seeing new faces as our community continues to expand.  

    Thank you and please feel free to contact me anytime for questions or concerns at