Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

CIBSE ASHRAE lecture 2011: Leading engineering towards a sustainable future

06 October 2011

ASHRAE Presidential Lecture, CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate and CBSD Awards and celebratory reception.

Free event supported by Baxi, CIBSE Patrons, CIBSE Young Engineers, Rumford Club, IMechE CBSD and ASHRAE.


Scheduled programme:

Now in its sixteenth year this well-established and prestigious award rewards the best graduate from a programme related to CIBSE/ASHRAE activities (eg building services, architectural engineering, lighting, acoustics) with a trip to the 2012 winter ASHRAE meeting in Chicago, USA. The finalists, will give a short presentation to the assembled audience at IMechE and to the judging panel that includes both the ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin and ASHRAE past president Richard Rooley, CIBSE President Andy Ford, IMechE President Rod Smith and last year's winner Mike Gardner.



Whilst the judges deliberate there will be a presentation from Sir Deian Hopkin that will consider the educational and training opportunities to underpin the real needs for a successful future for building services and architectural engineering.



Co-sponsored by the IMechE CBSD, IMechE GLR and ASHRAE

Ron Jarnagin will speak on the challenges and solutions of sustaining active engineering societies through leadership.


Ron's premise is that while the focus for engineering societies may naturally be on the technical areas, the risk is that it may miss the true requirement for long-term sustainability - leadership. His view is that leadership has to be demonstrated, not just declared. Writing a strategic plan in itself will not demonstrate the kind of activities that are considered actually leading. Leadership is contagious - enthusiasm, movement and drive will enthuse others to move towards leadership roles. And half of the leaders effort should be looking back to ensure the next generation are following - leaders bring people along with them, they don’t go alone.


And, of course, leaders don’t do it alone. Not only do they need their committees, but organisations that lead need partnerships and teamwork to make things happen. And to truly sustain and move forward leadership requires courage and the willingness to take risk.


Ron has three pillars to support future success:



  • The first pillar is developing future leadership by identifying and nurturing students and young members - potentially from outside the normal pool of engineers

  • The second pillar is to build a recognition of international issues and support for a global engineering membership. The challenges that the engineering community face can not be tackled without thinking and working beyond borders.

  • The third and final pillar is to strengthen the industry. The industry must deliver and maintain better buildings for a society that can’t afford the price of today's developments. This means that engineers have to do a better job in their designs, contractors have to do a better job putting designs together, and commissioning agents need to make sure everything works as intended. Together with ensuring that the owners are trained means there is need to go all the way to the end of the process to be successful.


Critically Ron advocates that partnerships between organisations are essential for engineering advancement and sustainability. As Ron says, as a leader 'you don’t have to start every parade, you just sometimes have to be able to jump in front of it if it comes by, and that’s okay too in my book'.


About the ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin

Ron is a staff scientist at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has undertaken many roles in ASHRAE and recently chaired ASHRAE Standard 90.1 committee, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and the committees that wrote three of the Advanced Energy Design Guides. As ASHRAE’s 2011–12 President, he directs the Society’s Board of Directors and oversees the Executive Committee. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Louisiana State University, and an undergraduate and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.

Clips:

CIBSE ASHRAE lecture 2011

: This free evening lecture will focus on innovation with presentations from the Building Services Graduate of the Year finalists; as well as Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, Honorary Fellow of CIBSE and the ASHRAE President, Ron Jarnagin.

Duration: 1hr

CIBSE ASHRAE lecture 2011 - part 2

Speaker(s): This free evening lecture will focus on innovation with presentations from the Building Services Graduate of the Year finalists; as well as Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, Honorary Fellow of CIBSE and the ASHRAE President, Ron Jarnagin.

Duration: 1hr 20mins