Region VI CRC 2020 - Speakers

 Thank you to our illustrious speakers!

Charles E. Gulledge, III, PE

Chuck Gulledge

Presidential Address
The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0

Looking Forward
Integrated Building Design (IBD) / Design-Build-Operate-Maintain: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

Charles E. Gulledge III, PE, HBDP, LEED AP is the 2020-2021 ASHRAE President, serving on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. He is a former ASHRAE Treasurer, Vice President and Director-at-Large. Gulledge has served as past Chair of the Development Committee, ASHRAE 2011 Energy Modeling Conference, Chapter Technology Transfer Committee, and Technical Committee 7.1: Integrated Building Design. He has served as member of the Handbook Committee, CTTC-RVC for Region IV, President of the North Piedmont Chapter, and as the ASHRAE Liaison to the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Gulledge has received the Exceptional Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, Chapter Service Award, and the Dan Mills Technical Award.

In his role as the liaison to CSI, Mr. Gulledge was intimately involved in the overhaul of the MasterFormat 2004 (MF04) specification organization structure. He was a MasterFormat Accredited Instructor for CSI. Mr. Gulledge has presented multiple presentations on the Integrated Design Topic as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and an ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) Instructor. He has provided outsourced ALI instruction to organizations such as the New York City Transit Authority and NAVFAC.

Additionally, he participated as a speaker for the ASHRAE Satellite Broadcast on Integrated Building Design. Mr. Gulledge is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with the design/build firm of Environmental Air Systems, LLC in High Point, NC. He has over 34 years of experience in the HVAC industry. A licensed professional engineer in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama; he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.



Mick Schwedler, PE

Mick Schwedler

Keynote Address
Vision 2020 - Changes

50% Hospital AEDG 

Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, LEED ® AP BD+C is the 2020-2021 ASHRAE President-Elect and is also an ASHRAE Fellow, recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptional Service, Distinguished Service, and Standards Achievement Awards, was Chair of SSPC 90.1-2010, and also Chair of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Steering Committee. Mick has served on several USGBC technical and education groups and presently chairs the LEED Technical Committee and serves on the LEED Steering Committee. He also authored portions of the ASHRAE GreenGuide and served on technical groups for the New Buildings Institute.

Mick has been involved in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. As an applications engineer his areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) and chilled water and water source heat pump system design. His primary activities include assisting designers in proper application of Trane products and systems in buildings, and writing system application manuals and newsletters. In addition, he has presented technical information to tens of thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and ASHRAE webcasts. Mick has given technical seminars throughout North America, as well as in the Far East and South America, and published a number of articles within the industry. Prior to his work with Trane, Mick received his MSME from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Laboratory and BSME from Northwestern University.



Jim Coogan, PE

Jim Coogan

Looking Forward - Short Course
Guideline 36:  Best in Class HVAC Control Sequences

Space Pressurization / Best Practices for Laboratory BAS 

Jim Coogan, P.E., is a Principal in product development at Siemens Building Technologies.  In 40 years designing controls for mechanical systems, he has contributed to products ranging from room controllers to Internet-based interfaces.  More than 20 patents resulted from this work.  Jim has chaired several ASHRAE committees and is member of the committee currently revising the Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation standard.  Publications include technical papers on room pressurization and laboratory ventilation.  Jim earned his SB in mechanical engineering at MIT.



steve Kujak

Steve Kujak

Looking Forward
The Future of Refrigerants

Steve Kujak is the director of Next Generation Refrigerants Research for Ingersoll Rand. Over the past 27 years, he has led and been involved in numerous technology and product development projects involving development of new refrigerants, lubricants and compatibility of system materials Steve has been an author or co-author on 40+ publications related to refrigerants and has 17 patents related to HVAC products.

Steve is a distinguish service member of ASHRAE and is involved in numerous refrigerant safety and use standards used globally by the HVACR industry, as well as serving as the Region VI Refrigeration Chair. He was awarded the Crosby Field award for highest rated presentation of a technical paper in 2016. He is a voting member of ASHRAE Standard 34 “Designation & Safety Classification of Refrigerants”, where he is the chair of the toxicity subcommittee. He is the Chair for T.C 3.1 “Refrigerants and Secondary Coolants” and is a member of Research Administration Committee (RAC). He is also involved with AHRI and is participating in the Alternate Refrigerant Evaluation Program (AREP) and the ARTI Flammability Research Subcommittee.

He has a BS in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Dakota.

His hobbies include outdoors activities, like gardening, fishing, hunting and camping with his family. He is involved in local organizations working on environmental conservation minded projects. Steve is the board president of Friends of the Refuge- Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 group which supports the US Fish and Wildlife conservation efforts for local Mississippi River wildlife refuges.



Heather L. Platt, PE

Heather Platt

Design vs. Facility Operations

Heather L. Platt has spent the past 25 years helping buildings operate (and perform) better, improving energy efficiency, and enhancing ease of use for the facility staff. She has spent the majority of her career in the healthcare sector.

Heather earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University at Buffalo and her M.B.A. at Medaille College. She has worked as a contractor, design engineer, and as an Associate Director of Engineering and Maintenance in Buffalo, NY; where she cultivated her passion for building operations. Heather is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states. She is certified with USACE - Construction Quality Control Management for Contractors and FEMA’s Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals levels 100 and 200

Heather is an active 20+year member of ASHRAE, participating in Standards and Code development through various subcommittees. Heather currently serves on ASHRAE’s Technology Council, Standard 170 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, Standard 188 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, and Standard 514P Control Measures for Building Water Systems to Reduce Illness and Injury. She is also a member of NSPE, ASHE, and NCHEA.

Heather is a contributing author for various publications with ASHRAE and ASHE, including HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition, (ASHRAE), Water Management in Healthcare Facilities: Complying with ASHRAE Standard 188, (ASHE). She also speaks regularly at industry events, domestically and abroad.

Heather lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her husband.



Bill Coyle


Looking Forward & Healthcare
Preparing a Building for Smart Grid / Smart Hospitals

William Coyle, SIEMENS
Smart Infrastructure
National Business Development Manager, US and CAN
[email protected]

William Coyle is a portfolio professional in Building Automation Systems and digital transformation at Siemens. William has 27 years of experience within the building technology industry, of which 23 years have been with Siemens. William is accomplished in customer service, project engineering, and solution support. As Manager for National Business Development, he creates and delivers educational and design concept materials for the North American markets intended for use by Consultants. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University.