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HVAC&R at Cal Poly SLO: A Great Start into 2024 with Remarkable Achievements!

2024 has kicked off with incredible success for our HVAC&R Program! Our presence was strongly felt at the 2024 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, where nine dedicated students represented us with pride. The spotlight continued to shine on us as our Senior Design teams were honored for their 2nd and 3rd places in the 2023 ASHRAE Student Competitions.

The year’s highlight was Dr. Mott and her students’ triumph in the Decarb Challenge, securing a $2,000 prize for their innovative project, “Sustainable Energy From Organic Waste: Anaerobic Decomposition and Thermoelectric Generation.”

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.

Mark your calendars! Our Annual Event featuring a HVAC&R Industry Showcase and Mixer will be on October 11, followed by an exciting day of Golf, Wine Tours, and Mountain Biking on October 12.

Join us in celebrating a year of excellence and innovation in HVAC&R at Cal Poly SLO!

Project Spotlight

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, and an atrium reception area. The owner specified building requirements including a budget, operating hours, and a space function analysis.

Students: Evan Hecke, Stephen Huckabone. Jaycen Mouillesseaux, Ian Oliver

Upcoming Events

May 7 –May 8, 2024


Field Trip
Student Club

Our ASHRAE SoCal Trip will be on May 7-8. This trip is available to all ME Cal Poly students with an interest in HVAC&R. We will leave Cal Poly Tuesday, May 7, at 1:30 pm and return on Wednesday by midnight. The trip includes transportation, all meals, hotel Tuesday night, a tour of the SoFi Stadium, other tour activities, an industry networking event, and dinner Tuesday. Please email Professor Mott if you have any questions or need a letter of participation for your instructors.

This will be a great opportunity for networking with industries!

Register here: ASHRAE SoCal Trip

October 11, 2024

Fall 2024 HVAC&R Industry Showcase

Career Fair

The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ASHRAE Student branch would like to invite you to the Fall 2024 Cal Poly HVAC&R Fall Industry Showcase. The Showcase will take place from 11 am to 3 pm on Friday, October 11, 2024. More information and registration form will be posted here soon.

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