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The President's Corner

Daniel Daly, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Please join us at our upcoming Meetings!

Our April Luncheon will be held on April 7th from 11:30AM-1:00PM at the Crowne Plaza in Blue Ash (map). ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Victor Goldschmidt, Ph.D will present Thinking Like an Engineer and Societal Challenges. The presentation will highlight the nature of engineering thought processes, recognizing the role in problem solving, looking for alternatives, using creativity, thinking in a pragmatic manner, considering safety, and always asking questions. Societal problems exhibiting failure in thinking like engineers will be presented. There are to be examples and challenges of critical thinking on the part of engineering professionals while responsibly serving society. 

Victor W. Goldschmidt, Emeritus Mechanical Engineering Professor, served at Purdue University from 1964 through 2000. He is currently serving as a Leelanau County Planning Commissioner as well as a facilitator and engineering consultant. During his 36 years at Purdue University, Mr. Goldschmidt was responsible for educating mechanical engineering students, including the direction of graduate research in the HVAC area. Most of his service with graduate students was with the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories with heavy support from the HVAC industries. During early stages of his career, he served as Director of the Engineering Purdue Fellows in Latin America; during later stages he served as department head for Freshman Engineering. Prior to his academic involvement, he worked in Applications Engineering and Development Engineering with Honeywell. 


Mr. Goldschmidt has taught almost every course in thermal sciences offered at Purdue, as well as a special upper level technical course on the “Creative Process in Engineering.” He is trained as a Synectics (special brainstorming) facilitator and is currently engaged in the development of strategic plans and problem solving sessions. A past ASHRAE Director-at-Large, he also has served as a member of Publishing and Technology Councils. He is an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award recipient and Fellow, as well as Honorary Member of IIR, ACAIRE, ASURVAC and AAF. He resides in North Michigan, above Traverse City. 


After 40 years lecturing to Mechanical Engineering students, Dr. Goldschmidt has evolved and reconsidered what his purpose should have been as an educator.  It goes beyond transfer of information and mastery of a necessary set of tools. It also goes further than applying those tools in the art of problem solving. 


Cost of the luncheon is $20 (members), $30 (non-members), or $10 (students) if preregistered by noon, April 3rd. Please preregister and/or prepay here:  hhttp://cincinnatiashraeapril.eventbrite.com


On a April 8th from 8:00AM-11:00AM at the office of KLH Engineers at 1538 Alexandria Pike #11, Fort Thomas, KY 41075, Victor Goldschmidt will facilitate “Leadership, Change and Planning” an intensified three-hour workshop. 


Leadership and planning are essential for effective meeting of goals and objectives. This applies to individuals, corporations, and even ASHRAE Chapters. Essential differences between management and leadership will be addressed through the sequential steps of leadership. Personal experience has led these to be: “envision”, “equip”, “empower”, “edify”, and “evaluate”. 


The purpose of leadership is change leading to improvement and growth. Essential to change is communication and inherent to it is conflict.

As part of this intensive workshop highlights of the “art and science” of change and responses to conflict will be discussed. An overview of strategic planning will then follow as a tool to manage change. The components of strategic plans include vision, mission, goals and objectives. The common and fundamental key element in leadership, change, and planning is vision.


A clear, succinct vision statement becomes an energizing and exciting motivator. An objective of the workshop is to guide the participants through the development of a draft vision statement for their chapter. The workshop will be conducted in an informal and participatory manner, with involvement, exercises, and introspection of the participants. 


If you would like to get more involved in the chapter, or share your input for the future vision of the chapter, or if you are just interested in developing some tools to improve leadership skills, please find time for this important event.

This is a FREE event with a cap of 30 participants; please RSVP by emailing
ddaly@groteenterprises.com or by registering at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-change-and-planning-tickets-16154547687

Dan Daly