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News Release: NREL Engineer Named ASHRAE Vice President

August 10, 2010

Sheila J. Hayter,  a senior research supervisor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was recently named a vice president for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

As a vice president, Hayter is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and serves as chair of the Publishing and Education Council. At NREL, her work focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency applications for the buildings industry. She has been recognized by NREL for making exceptional contributions to renewable energy science and technology and advancing her profession with NREL’s Outstanding Performance Staff Award.

“It’s great for NREL to be actively involved in an organization like ASHRAE so we can maintain a connection to industry and know what they are facing as they try to implement technologies and ideas generated from places like NREL,” Hayter said. “Frequently, the goals of groups like ASHREA overlap with the goals of NREL and DOE, so it only makes sense that we are working together.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization with an objective to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

This is Hayter’s second term as a vice president. She is a Fellow ASHRAE member and also serves on the Society Rules Committee, Finance Committee, Advanced Building Energy Labeling Implementation Ad Hoc Committee and the Board Governance Implementation Ad Hoc Committee. She formerly served on the Board as director-at-large. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and an ASHRAE Technology Award.

She is a Professional Engineer, and holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado (1997) and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University (1990).

NREL is DOE’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.


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