2024 Net-Zero Design/Construction-A-Thon

The Net-Zero Design/Construction-A-Thon had students teams compete on an engineering project with mentors from the industry at Cal Poly from January 26 to 28. There was a high level of student interest in the competition, as evidenced by the 75 applications we received for the 42 available spots. View pictures from the event here. […]

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Cal Poly HVAC&R Programs Wins ASHRAE Decarb Challenge Grant!

Dr. Mott along with her students was awarded $2,000 for their pioneering project, “Sustainable Energy From Organic Waste: Anaerobic Decomposition and Thermoelectric Generation.” In a competitive field of 43 outstanding submissions, 9 ASHRAE chapters, including the Southern California Chapter in collaboration with Cal Poly’s Student Branch and the San Jose Chapter, were selected to receive […]

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Women in ME/ASHRAE Dinner – Fall 2023

We kicked-off our Annual HVAC&R Event 2023 with the Women in ME dinner! Karine Leblanc presented The Power of EQ: bridging the gap between technical brilliance and human connections. Over 50 women students attended the dinner and made connections with one another, as well as with industry and faculty.   […]

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Senior Design – Design of Climate Chamber using a Transcritical CO2 Refrigeration Cycle with Glycol Heat Recovery Loop

A senior project team of four HVAC&R mechanical engineers were tasked with the design of a walk-in, partitionable climate chamber running with a transcritical CO2 refrigeration cycle. The chamber design is to be constructed as a future project, and then the chamber would be used for years to come to give students hands-on experience with […]

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Senior Design – ASHRAE Applied Engineering Challenge

Design a portable IAQ health meter that will detect contaminants in a space and display the levels of different toxins to the user. The system should identify related IAQ issues and provide solutions and/or next steps to solve these problems. The system shall consider multiple system variables, including space temperature, humidity, contaminant level (as outlined […]

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Senior Design – ASHRAE Student Design Competition

Students were tasked to present the methods and decisions that went into selecting an HVAC system for a single-story laboratory facility in Cairo, Egypt. This 2,515 m2 (27,000 ft2) new construction contains a variety of rooms, including wet bench labs, dry bench computational labs, research support offices, a common area for circulation, a break room, […]

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Senior Design Project – Net Zero Building System Selection

This project involves a new 5-story (around 500 bed) student housing building on the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) campus which has net-zero energy usage. For this project, students worked directly with Glumac – an MEP firm specializing in cost effective sustainable building design – to influence building massing and orientation and select an […]

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Senior Design Project – Anderson Hotel

The Anderson Hotel is a 5-story historic hotel in downtown San Luis Obispo on the corner of Monterey and Morro. This building is set to be modernized and converted to a mixed-use low-income housing building while maintaining the historic architectural elements. The first floor will have retail tenants and the upper 4 floors will be […]

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College of Engineering Oustanding Student Service Award

Erin served as the VP of Events for the ASHRAE Club and planned and executed two career-type fairs for the HVAC&R industry. She attended the IIAR conference and made new connection with the industry. Erin particpated in the SURP in 2021 and as a result co-authored an ASEE conference paper. Erin also graduated with two […]

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