Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Tech Seminar


On Thursday, March 21, 2019, SES hosted the YEA Omaha Tech Seminar and Social Hour at our Omaha office. Engineers under 35 were invited to attend the YEA Tech Seminar to meet and network with other engineers in the area and to learn technical items from a senior engineer. Having a technical session in the YEA setting benefits young engineers because it is limited to a group of their peers which allows them to be more comfortable and open to asking questions. Additionally, it allows the presentations to be tailored to the technical background of the group since the range of experience is not as broad as it is at a regular ASHRAE meeting.

This session’s tech lesson was presented by Eric Granzow, PE, FPE, HDP, LEED AP, CEM. Eric presented on Chilled Water Systems to give them an overview of the high level design decisions and the thought that goes into setting up a project with a chilled water system. Too often, young engineers are assigned a project with the system already decided and the design parameters already set. Eric’s presentation focused on helping them understand the process that occurs prior to that point so they would have the knowledge going forward to ask relevant questions when they aren’t provided complete information from a senior engineer.

“We started adding a technical component to our monthly YEA events this year because it provides a unique environment for young engineers to gain a greater understanding of high level topics that they may not be exposed to every day in their job,” explained Sarah Toy, SES Mechanical Engineer and YEA Nebraska Co-Chair. “Each engineer in our industry focuses on different building and system types, so this allows us to bring different backgrounds and experiences together to help make the entire industry better. I enjoy hearing different perspectives and approaches to design and it is a less intimidating platform to ask questions that I, as a young engineer, may otherwise feel embarrassed to ask in a different setting.”

Engineers from Morrissey Engineering, Farris Engineering, Data Power Technology, and Control Services attended this month’s session. Each engineer attends these sessions to learn technical items, but it also gives them an invaluable chance to network with other engineers in their industry. After the technical seminar, attendees were treated to a meal while they socialized over some March Madness.

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