Honors & Awards

Chair: Samir Sheth

The purpose of the Honors & Awards committee is to identify and submit qualified candidates for chapter, region and society awards and honors. The committee consists of the chair of the Honors & Awards, chair of History, chapter President and others who have been active in the chapter.

Anyone can nominate a member for an Honor or Award, with the exception of a few awards that are given by specific groups within ASHRAE.  The easiest route is to go through the Chapters Honors and Awards Committee which present the nominations at CRC in August.  Each award has a deadline of eithr December 1st or May 1st.  The December 1st submissions are given at the Winter meeting in January one year after the submission; the May submission is given at the June Annual meeting one year after the submission.

The Distinguised Service Award and the Exceptional Service Award are given at the Annual meeting and require a point sheet calculation which is available on the Honors and Awards page of ASHRAE.  Tjese awards must be in cooperation with the candidates.  Their help is needed to put together a submission.

To nominate someone yourself:  (from the home page) www.ashrae.org (and log on),  (on the blue bar go to) Membership & Conferences,  (scroll down to) Honors & Awards.  (in the first paragraph under the photo is a small link)  Click here.  That puts you on the Honors & Awards page with all the information you could ever want.

The direct address to this page is:  http://www.ashrae.org/membership-conferences/honors-and-awards-program

Updated bios are a must.  To update your bio: From the ASHRAE home page go to (on the blue bar) MEMBERSHIP & CONFERENCES  (on the blue bar)  scroll to MY MEMBERSHIP and click.  Go to CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS/VIEW OR EDIT YOUR PROFILE/UPDATE YOUR BIO.  Make changes and save.


A list of All past Honors & Awards winners can be found on the History page.


2010 - UGA Engineering Faculty Member and Atlanta Chapter Member Receives ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

(Shown with Tom is 2009-10 President Gordon Holness (left) and executive vice president Jeff Littleton.)

Thomas M. Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., has received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) at the Society’s 2010 Annual Conference held here June 26-30. The Distinguished Service Award salutes members of any grade for giving freely of their time and talent on behalf of the Society. The honor recognizes participation in chapter, regional and Society activities. Lawrence is a public service associate, faulty of engineering, University of Georgia, Athens.

Lawrence said he traded the corporate world for an academic position for two reasons during the second half of his career. The first was to help refocus on environmental issues such as green buildings and energy efficiency. He is proud to be a contributor to development of Standard 189.1 and is also helping institutionalize the green building arena within ASHRAE, such as formation of technical committee 2.8, Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability, which he currently chairs. Lawrence’s second reason for switching career fields was to help guide the next generation of engineers and lead them into the industry and ASHRAE. He helped form a student branch at the University. He has led several students to the industry and this spring serves as faculty mentor for a group of students entering the 2010 ASHRAE Student Design Competition. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

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