ASHRAE UK Midlands Chapter was established in 2017 and represents a Society established in 1894 with now 58,000 members, 15 regions and 198 Chapters across the globe. As 2021-2022 Chapter President, I would like start by acknowledging and thanking all former past and present executive board members of the Midlands Chapter, Chairs and Committee Members who have established the grass roots and foundations of a successful Chapter in the UK, and one with a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, collaboration, and ideas. I would also like to thank our sponsors that make it possible for the Chapter to support research, host events for its members, and support the next generation of engineers that represent the future. The Society’s 2021-22 theme from our Society President Mick Schwedler is of “Personal Growth. Global Impact. Feed the Roots”.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected lives across the globe, it has also served as a paradigm shift to demonstrate the fragility of our global community to such events.
Yet, in the face of such adversity the global community has come together to innovate a way through to beat the virus and mitigate its spread. It is through such collaboration and the efforts of the global community, in all walks of life, that has made this possible- including those efforts of volunteers.
Pandemics are not the only challenge to global fragility and resilience. Global warming remains one of the greatest challenges to our planet, and therefore our ability to innovate new ways on a mission to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2050 also requires collaboration within sectors of Industry and community. The ASHRAE society members, volunteers and sponsors all contribute towards this mission. With extensive research, technical committees, government affairs, innovation, and developing standards which are adopted worldwide, bring us closer to achieving a healthy and sustainable environment for all.
We welcome you to join our growing Chapter of members and volunteers, whether a Student in Industry at grass roots, an experienced Contractor, or long serving Practicing Engineer, come share your ideas, network, and expand your personal and professional development. We welcome new members to join our board of governors (BOG), whether in a formal or informal capacity. It is only through consistent collaboration and sharing ideas do great things happen.
If you are interested in contributing or sharing ideas to assist with ASHRAE’s mission and vision, then please get in touch.