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President’s Message

Hello ASHRAE members and welcome to the 2019-2020 ASHRAE Year!  I am truly honored to serve as your Chapter President this year (again).  Joining me on the Board of Governors is Chris Beaty (President Elect),  Jake Kopocis (Secretary), Aaron Rasell (Treasurer), Dave Kros (1st Board Member) and Sara Robbins (2nd Board Member).  We have many returning and new committee chairs which we will be highlighting in the upcoming months.  We really do have a great team of leaders here to help and support all of you. 

There have been a couple ASHRAE activities since we last met in May:

  • The Annual ASHRAE Golf Outing had another successful year at Iron Horse Golf Club in June.
  • ASHRAE Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO in June.
  • The Board met for a kickoff and planning meeting in July.

The last event was the Joint Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) which was held last month in sunny San Diego, CA.  This was a joint CRC with Region IX and Region X.   I am proud to report that the Nebraska Chapter was able to return home with many Honors and Awards.  Here are the all the awards our chapter or members of our chapter brought home:

  • Nebraska Chapter – Man Mile Award
  • Nebraska Chapter – PAOE Honor Roll, Star Award and Special Citation
  • Jeff Backemeyer – Chapter Service Award
  • Tyler Glesne – Chapter Service Award
  • Tom Lewis – Chapter Service Award and Regional Award of Merit
  • Nick Mandel –RP Goal and Full Circle Chevron
  • Sara Robbins – Blue Ribbon (Highest PAOE) and Green Ribbon (Most Online Renewals)
  • Sarah Toy – YEA Award
  • Jake Kopocis – YEA at Heart
  • Shaun Nienhueser - Selfless Service Award
  • David Yuill – Exceptional Service Award (award at the Annual Conference in Kansas City)

In the 2019 ASHRAE Student Design Competition the University of Nebraska team was awarded First place in the HVAC System Selection category.  A big congratulations to Mitch Mallett-Hiatt, Colin Miller and Samuel Underwood along with their faculty advisor David Yuill and industry mentor Rick Hiatt! 

We have a great group of energetic leaders to help keep our Chapter thriving, but we are continuously interested in new volunteers to join in.  We are looking for individuals to serve as chairs, co-chairs, or in supporting roles for committees or special chapter events.  These are great opportunities to join and learn from a committed and dedicated team of highly talented individuals. These roles also give the opportunity to learn leadership skills and make lasting relationships while serving our members. I can’t stress enough the satisfaction you receive from serving. If you would like to be a part of these teams, please contact me at If you have shown interest and we haven’t found a place for you, PLEASE contact me so we can talk.


Shaun Nienhueser

Shaun Nienhueser - President 

Chris Beaty - President-Elect

Jake Kopocis - Secretary

Aaron Rasell - Treasurer

David Kros - 1st Board Member

Sara Robbins - 2nd Board Member

Tom Lewis - Board Ex-Officio

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