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March 12, 2020

ASHRAE SJV March Chapter Meeting

March 12, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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The Downtown Club
2120 Kern Street
Fresno, CA 93721

$35.00 Member Ticket

$10.00 Student Ticket

$40.00 Guest Ticket

Attention all members! For the welfare of our DL speaker and our chapter we are CANCELLING March’s chapter meeting this Thursday.

Pat was willing to travel from Florida to Fresno, but she did have concerns about traveling amid our current COVID-19 situation. We did not want to impose the risk on her and decided cancelling was in her best interests. We explored a video conference option but her presentation is very interactive and wouldn’t present well remotely. We’ll work with Pat and intend to secure her for a future presentation.

Although the current risk is still low there is an increasing awareness and a presence of COVID-19 locally and we felt the responsible decision would be for us to limit large gatherings for the immediate future. We will continue with our plans in April in the hopes that our community health circumstances will become more stable.


ASHRAE SJV is hosting Patricia Graef for a presentation on business ethics. ASHRAE’s code of ethics prescribes “we pledge to act with honesty, fairness, courtesy, competence, integrity and respect for others….” It goes on to list specific examples of ethical behavior for its members to follow. Engineering laws also prescribe certain ethics criteria. Ethics for business is not easily defined and, in many cases, is not governed by laws. Ethics must be part of the business culture, starting at the top and filtering down through supervisors and employees. Leaders who make a commitment to be ethical and socially responsible find that their employees will follow. They will strengthen and grow their businesses by improving customer and employee trust and loyalty. This session will discuss engineering ethics and then go on with several examples and case studies illustrating how business ethics improved or conversely ruined some companies. The audience will have a chance to participate in some “what would you do?” scenarios. 
Patricia Graef, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED GA, retired from Munters Corp., Fort Myers, Fla. Patricia Graef has spent the more than 40 years focusing on engineering and developing products that control temperature and moisture in building air as well as the water associated with the processes. Graef received her bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. In the time Graef has worked for Munters, she has served as a Scientist in the cooling tower division, was the Director of Core Technology for Humidification and Engineering and Development Manager for the HumiCool division. Today she is senior engineer for the Air Treatment division and has more than a dozen international patents in her name.
Graef is a 45-year member of ASHRAE. In ASHRAE she has been a voting member of Guideline 12 Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems since 1995 and Standard 188 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems since 2004. She has contributed to four ASHRAE handbook chapters including Water Treatment, Humidification, Evaporative Cooling ,and Gas Turbine Inlet Cooling. Graef has shared with the HVAC industry her knowledge by contributing to ASHRAE Handbooks, standards writing, monitoring research projects, and program presentations. Graef is a recipient of ASHRAE’s Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Service Award and the Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Our Chapter meets on the first Thursday of the month, September - May.  Please the chapter's calendar for additional events.

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