The President's Message: March 2015
By Terry Jacks
Each month in the President's Message, I try to either update the membership about new things going on in our chapter, or I use this space highlight the hard work of our great members. I've decided to use my space this month to shine the light on a small group of people within our chapter that have no doubt impacted each one of our lives at one point in time, and most likely played a large role in our decisions to enter the HVAC industry. We have four outstanding student chapters, which would not be possible without four outstanding faculty advisors, and their efforts are worthy of our applause.
Dr. Wayne Helmer, Ph.D. is serving as the faculty advisor for the Arkansas Tech University ASHRAE Student Chapter. Dr. Helmer consistently makes the 1 hour drive for the Central Chapter meetings, and usually has several students in tow. Dr. Helmer is also the 2012 recipient of ASHRAE's E.K. Campbell Award of Merit, which is presented to only 1 professor internationally each year. In addition to chapter meeting attendance, Dr. Helmer brought students to ASHRAE Winter Meeting the past 2 years.
Dr. Kwangkook (David) Jeong, Ph.D. is serving as the faculty advisor for the Arkansas State University Student Chapter. Dr. Jeong's passion for engineering and ASHRAE is evident whenever you are around him, and that same passion was evident in his students when I attended his HVAC class recently. While being 2 hours away keeps Dr. Jeong from Central Chapter meetings, he has also brought students to ASHRAE Winter Meeting the past 2 years.
Dr. Darin Nutter, Ph.D., ASHRAE Fellow, is serving as the faculty advisor for the University of Arkansas ASHRAE Student Chapter. Dr. Nutter actually taught the HVAC course that helped me to realize that this is the career path I wanted to take, and I will always be thankful of him for that. Dr. Nutter frequents the NW Section meetings, and was in attendance with the UA ASHRAE student chapter president when I visited the NW Section in January.
Dr. Srikanth Pidugu, Ph.D. is serving as the faculty advisor for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock ASHRAE Student Chapter. While the University of Arkansas at Little Rock engineering program is one of the youngest in the state, it has steadily been adding the engineering community in Arkansas thanks to Dr. Pidugu and his fellow faculty. When his schedule allows, Dr. Pidugu brings students to chapter meetings, and he has also brought students to ASHRAE Winter Meeting the past 2 years.
Please take time to say hello and thank you to each of these great men the next time you see them at the monthly meeting. Also, if you had a favorite professor or teacher, outside of the men listed above, that led you to the career path you are on today, take time to reach out to them and let them know how much of an impact they had in your life. "Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other." – Randy Pausch