Adrienne Thomle is a Global Product Manager for Honeywell, and resides in Golden Valley, MN. She is a member of the ASHRAE Minnesota chapter, and currently serves as the TAC Section 7 Chair.
Member Since: March 1998
How you spend your days at work: As a Global Product Manager I use most of my time at work to find ways to make our products the first choice of Honeywell customers in the HVAC industry. With my industry peers, I do this by continuous learning of applications, new technologies, code and standard changes, as well as to determine the trends in the industry and how my line of products need to evolve to meet the future needs of customers. Many days are spent supporting customer questions and training for existing products.
How you spend your days when not at work: Most of my free time is absorbed by trips to the Hawaiian Islands and other states, on cruise vacations, or volunteering in my community and Rotary International. I am currently the contributions committee chairman for my Rotary club and enjoy working with the committee to distribute the annual Rotary contributions to community projects and work with school counselors to determine student scholarship recipients. When I am not volunteering or vacationing, I like to walk 21 miles a week and golf or ride my bicycles.
Your favorite lunch spot: Doolittle’s Air Café
What you enjoy most about your current position: My greatest satisfaction professionally is working with customers, assisting them in solving HVAC control issues with air side economizers, and teaching classes to HVAC technicians. I love sharing knowledge with people that will help them do their job better and allow buildings to save energy. Receiving a patent for a new product, I currently have five U.S. patents and 12 additional pending patents.
Who, or what, inspired you to become an engineer? My sister is a geological engineer and had a very heavy influence on me going to an engineering school. My father was the head of maintenance for our school district and as a child I would go over to the school with him on cold winter nights to check on the boilers. I loved it, although it was a bit scary for a small child. I also like taking things apart and putting them back together thus the M.E. in me.
Did you consider any other professions, aside from engineering? Crazy enough? Marine biologist. I loved science and biology in high school.
Proudest professional accomplishment: Receiving my patents and being the global expert on air side economizer control for packaged rooftop units.
Proudest life accomplishment: Surviving ovarian cancer.
Why did you join ASHRAE? Like most HVAC engineers I thought ASHRAE was a group that wrote the handbooks. Then at one AHRI winter show, I attended a couple of seminars and an experienced ASHRAE peer asked me to go to a TC meeting with him. I attended a few TC meetings and became involved in the standards, guidelines and handbook committees and then I was hooked. Over the next ten years I learned what a great organization ASHRAE is and now look forward to seeing my good ASHRAE friends and colleagues every six months. I learn so much at every meeting and the friendships are priceless.
Where did you study? South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for B.S.M.E and University of St. Thomas Masters in Business Management.
What advice do you have for engineers who are new to the industry or just starting out? Speak up and ask questions –learn as much as you can; volunteer in ASHRAE (members are always willing to help you); volunteer in your community (you will get more out of the time you give to people than you can possibly do for them); join community service organizations (the networking is incredible and will help you in your career) and most importantly find a passion related to your choice of career.
Your ideal retirement dream includes… always working – but less hours; always volunteering; daily exercise; adopting a couple of pets and moving to a warmer climate in the western U.S.
If you are involved at the Chapter, Regional, or Society level, can you tell us how? The majority of my involvement with ASHRAE is on the Society level –having served on standards, handbook chapters, guideline sub-committees, voting member, vice-chair and secretary of 2 different TCs, and Chair of one TC. Currently TAC Section 7 Chair. Have given talks at chapters and have attended regional meetings.
Would you say ASHRAE has impacted your personal and/or professional life? How? ASHRAE has positively impacted my professional life. I have been able to use the knowledge that I gained at the meetings and seminars over the years to deliver a better product and services to my customers. The professional engineers and peers have been an inspiration for me to be a better person and have given me the confidence that as a group we really can improve the working and home life for all members of the planet. On a personal basis I have met so many intelligent people that I admire and respect and I will always consider as my friends.
Chris Albright, PE, is a Vice President at East Hills Engineering Associates located in Windber, Pennsylvania. He is the past President of the Johnstown chapter, the current Membership Promotion and YEA Chair of the chapter, as well as the Region 3 YEA Chair.
Member Since: 2003
How you spend your days at work: As Vice President of a small MEP consulting engineering firm, I get to be involved in just about every facet of our business. Everything from client contact/outreach, proposal efforts, project management, surveying of existing conditions, design and construction services.
How you spend your days when not at work: I love to play golf and my Wife and I love to travel, although our kids are at the age that they currently consume most of our time not spent at work.
Your favorite lunch spot: Any place where someone else pays :)
What you enjoy most about your current position: Not just my position, but what I love about this industry is that it is so dynamic. Everyday something changes; be that owner's expectations, code requirements, standards, technology, etc.
Proudest professional accomplishment: Obtaining my PE
Proudest life accomplishment: By far, my family!
Why did you join ASHRAE? I was first signed up when I took the HVAC elective in College. The instructor (who was also the student branch advisor) signed every student in the class up and I never left.
Where did you study? University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Your ideal retirement dream includes… Clear, blue water.
If you are involved at the Chapter, Regional, or Society level, can you tell us how?
Chapter: I am a past President, the current Membership Promotion and YEA Chair and will be the General Chair of our CRC Committee in 2015 when we host the CRC in Johnstown, PA
Regional: I am currently the YEA Regional Coordinator for Region 3.
Would you say ASHRAE has impacted your personal and/or professional life? How? ABSOLUTELY! I feel that I owe my entire career to ASHRAE. The instructor mentioned above introduced me to my current employer and I have been working for that Company ever since.