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May 12th (12:30-1:30 EST)


TOPIC: Net Zero K-12 design including a ‘Bio-Wall’ plant based filtration system.

The focus will be:

1) Net Zero ROI calculations

2) Bio Wall filtration – effectiveness and cognitive effect on students.

This is based on a proposed school retrofit the speaker, Prof Hutzel, and his students participated in.

Professor Hutzel is an ASHRAE partner and heads up a strong student organization at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.


Speaker Bio

Bill Hutzel is a Professional Engineer and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at Purdue University in West Lafayette,IN, where he teaches and conducts research in high performance buildings. The goal is to integrate cost effective energy technologies with renewable energy to achieve buildings that are net zero in terms of their annual demand for off-site electricity. In addition to technical work, Professor Hutzel has also assisted with energy policy as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C.




#1 - Impromptu ASHRAE Student Design Competition


Event Details

DATE: Saturday, February 15th, 2020

WHEN: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Students will walk in the shoes of a consulting engineer in a crash course through the early phases of a building project.  They’ll interact directly with industry experts to develop a conceptual mechanical system design for a real-world problem.  Early in design, a team has the most flexibility to affect the overall project.  Good decisions will set the stage for a smooth and successful construction process.


#2 - February 2020 CIC ASHRAE Event - Brewery Tour and Distiguished Lecturer


Date: February 18th 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Indiana City Brewing Company
Address: 24 Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Things to Know: Parking is limited at the Brewery. Parking Map to Follow. 
5:30 - 7:00 PM : Socializing, Drinks (Two Beer Tickets to be provided at Door), BBQ Courtesy of Nameless Catering. Tentative Brewery Tours. 
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Lecture by Dr. Eckhard Groll on Refrigeration. 



Dr.-Ing. Eckhard A. Groll

Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering

William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering

Purdue University




Dr. Eckhard A. Groll is the Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering and also serves as the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering. He joined Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in 1994 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000, to Full Professor in 2005, and to the Reilly Professorship in 2013.  He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Ruhr in Bochum, Germany, in 1989 and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1994.  


Prof. Groll teaches thermodynamics and his research focuses on the fundamental thermal sciences as applied to advanced energy conversion systems, components, and their working fluids.  He is a world-renown expert in positive displacement compressors and expanders.  Since joining Purdue University, he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 120 research grants and more than 40 educational grants with a total budget of approximately $14 million from various governmental agencies, professional societies, and more than 30 different industrial sponsors.  He has advised more than a 100 graduate students and more than 150 undergraduate project students, visiting scholars, and visiting research associates.  He has authored or co-authored more than 370 archival journal articles and conference papers.  He has been the co-author of 4 book chapters and the editor or co-editor of 7 conference proceedings.   He holds 4 patents.  He has a given 100 invited lectures and seminars, and 14 conference keynote lectures.  He serves as the Regional Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Refrigeration and is a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  He has organized and chaired 11 international conferences on topics of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Compressors, and Natural Working Fluids.


Prof. Groll has been recognized for his academic leadership in higher education.  He is a 2010-2011 Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and 2009-2010 Fellow of the Academic Leadership Program of the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC-ALP).  He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching excellence including most notably the 2018 J&E Hall International Gold Medal in Refrigeration by the Institute of Refrigeration and the 2017 Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump Award by the IEA Heat Pump Centre.  In addition, he was inducted into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers in 2008.



#3- Riverside High School - Meeting and Tour

Dinner meeting, Tuesday January 14, 2020


Date:    Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Place:   Riverside High School

              3010 North White River Parkway East Drive

             Indianapolis, IN 46208  

Time:    5:30-6:00 PM - Check in

             6:00 PM - Dinner

             6:20 -7:00 PM - Presentation

             7:00 – 7:45 PM – Tour

Cost:   $ 25 per person, Includes dinner

Meeting Program

Come join us for a presentation and tour of Riverside High School.  Formerly known as Heslar Naval Armory, this historic building was converted to Riverside High School which opened in Sept of 2018.  Many of the building’s distinctive architectural features were preserved, including wood doors with porthole windows, stair rails wrapped in nautical rope, an inlaid anchor in the terrazzo entrance floor, and the former military training gymnasium now used for team sports. The school also retained naval battle murals in the gym.  Our presentation will cover the challenges of converting this building to a school while preserving its historic features.  We will discuss why a Variable Refrigerant Flow system was a good fit for this building and how it was applied.  Following the presentation we will take a tour of some of the buildings unique spaces which include a flood room, former Captains Lounge, and 2nd floor gym.  We hope you will join us as we kick off the New Year with this exciting meeting and tour.


Meeting Sponsor

Our thanks to Johnson Controls for sponsoring this meeting. 


Space is limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible.


Parking is available in the school parking lots adjacent to the buildings on a first-come, first-served basis. On-street parking is allowed on surrounding streets.





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