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ASHRAE’s Honors and Awards program recognizes the dedicated ASHRAE Members who give freely of their time and expertise to fulfill the Society’s mission of advancing the arts and sciences of HVAC&R to serve humanity and provide a sustainable world.

Our award recipients exemplify the best in engineering and technology by continually binging credit to the profession and the Society.

ASHRAE is proud of the many contributions its men and women have made on behalf of the Society and to our industry.  We encourage you to help us recognize those members who deserve to be thanked by nominating them for an appropriate award.

ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Industry Achievements (Houston 2018)

How to Nominate

Information, Nomination Forms, and Submission Dates

Personal Honors | Personal Awards for General Society Activities
Personal Awards for Specific Society ActivitiesPaper Awards
Society Awards to Groups or Chapters |  Chapter and Regional Awards

ASHRAE's awards fall into one of six categories: Personal Honors; Personal Awards for General Society Activities; Personal Awards for Specific Society Activities; Paper Awards; Society Awards to Groups or Chapters; Chapter and Regional Awards.

Nominations for Personal Honors and Personal Awards for General Society Activities may be made by chapters, regions, committees or individual ASHRAE members. Nominations for Personal Awards for Specific Society Activities and Society Awards to Groups or Chapters are made by the committee which sponsors the award. Recommendations for Paper Awards are made by the Society Program Committee. Nominations for Regional Awards are made by the delegate from a candidate’s chapter at the Chapters Regional Conference (CRC).

Nomination deadlines are listed below.  All nominations and inquiries should be directed to:
Candace Pettigrew, Honors and Awards Committee Staff Liaison
678-539-1128
cpettigrew@ashrae.org


ASHRAE Biographical Record Update

Nominations for most Society Honors and Awards require a current ASHRAE Biographical Record. You can create or update your ASHRAE Biographical Record and contact information using your member login.

If you do not have an ASHRAE ID, are not applying for ASHRAE membership, and are applying for a Society award that requires an current ASHRAE Biographical Record, you must set up an e-mail login and password. You may also use this link if you already have an ASHRAE ID as a non-member, but have no record of your ASHRAE ID.

  • Personal Honors

    ASHRAE Hall of Fame

    This award honors deceased members who have made milestone contributions to the growth of ASHRAE-related technology. Individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame must have been an ASHRAE member (any grade) or a member of a predecessor Society and must have shown evidence of distinction in the Society, either technically or academically.

    Hall of Fame Members

    • Recognition given to the recipient’s family includes a plaque, transportation to the Winter Meeting, and one night’s lodging. The recipient’s accomplishments are recognized on the ASHRAE website and in a permanent binder maintained in the Society Headquarters Library.
    • Maximum of two may be awarded per year
    • Completed ASHRAE Hall of Fame Nomination Form required 
    • Deadline for nomination: December 1

    Nomination Form


    ASHRAE Pioneers of the Industry Award

    This award honors deceased individuals who have made milestone contributions to the growth of air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and ventilation. Individuals inducted into the Pioneers of the Industry must have shown evidence of distinction, either technically or academically.

    Pioneers of the Industry

    • Recognition is given to the recipient’s accomplishments on the ASHRAE website and a permanent binder in the ASHRAE Headquarters Library.
    • Maximum of two may be awarded per year
    • Completed Pioneers of the Industry Nomination Form
    • Deadline for nomination: December 1

    NOMINATION FORM


    F. Paul Anderson Award

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    This award, named in honor of F. Paul Anderson, 1927-28 President of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers, is the Society's highest award. This award honors members for notable achievement, outstanding work or service in any field of the Society. Accomplishments should include exceptional leadership in the HVAC&R industry, ASHRAE, and society. Broad-based activities of outstanding value in consulting, contracting, engineering, design, and related activity within ASHRAE are desired. Previous recipients of this award include Willis Carrier, Sam Lewis, Carl Ashley and Donald Kroecker.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque with a medallion, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society.
    • One awarded per year
    • A letter of nomination, current ASHRAE Biographical Record, and digital photo are required
    • Deadline for nomination: December 1

    Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award

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    This award honors Fellows of the Society for continuing preeminence in engineering or research work.

    • Recognition is in the form of a medallion, plaque, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • A letter of nomination, current ASHRAE Biographical Record, and digital photo are required
    • Deadline for nomination: May 1

    Fellow Nominations

    ASHRAE members who have attained distinction in the fields of heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation or the allied arts and sciences through invention, research, teaching, design, original work, or as an engineering executive on projects of unusual or important scope. The individual must have made substantial contributions and have been a full grade member in good standing for at least ten years prior to the date of their election.

    Learn more about the College of Fellows

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    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque with a medallion and a lapel pin
    • No limit on number awarded per year
    • A completed Fellow Nomination Form, a letter of nomination and at least two sponsor letters, a current ASHRAE Bio, and digital photo are required. 
    • Deadline for nomination: December

    pdf_icon.png Guidelines for ASHRAE Fellow Nominators (updated February 2018)

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    word_icon.png Fellow Nomination Form (updated February 2018)


    Andrew T. Boggs Service Award

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    This award, named after Andrew T. Boggs, former ASHRAE Executive Vice President, recognizes past recipients of the Exceptional Service Award for continuing, unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the Society.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • A letter of nomination, current ASHRAE Biographical Record, and digital photo are required
    • Deadline for nomination: May 1

    ASHRAE Award for Distinguished Public Service

    This award recognizes ASHRAE members who have performed outstanding public service in their community, and in doing so, have helped to improve the public image of the engineer.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • A letter of nomination, current ASHRAE Biographical Record, and digital photo are required
    • Deadline for nomination: December 1

    E.K. Campbell Award of Merit

    word_icon.png More information about E.K. Campbell

    This award honors an individual for outstanding service and achievement in teaching. The award, funded by contributions from individual members of the Life Members Club (LMC), consists of a plaque and a $10,000 honorarium as approved by the LMC Executive Board. The plaque is to be presented during the Plenary Session at the Society’s Winter Meeting and the honorarium is to be presented at the LMC Luncheon the following Tuesday when the recipient is required to speak.

    Visit the LMC Webpage for nomination details and deadlines

    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Life Members Club

    Honorary Member

    Honorary Member status is granted to individuals in recognition of preeminent professional distinction without regard to whether the individual is or has been a member of the Society. Previous recipients include Milton Eisenhower and President Herbert Hoover.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque with a medallion  
    • Maximum of three may be awarded per year
    • A letter of nomination, current curriculum vitae/resume, and digital photo are required
    • Deadline for nomination: December 1
  • Personal Awards for General Society Activities

    Distinguished Fifty-Year Member Award

    This award recognizes individuals who have been ASHRAE members for a minimum of fifty years, and were a past Society President, a Fellow, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, or otherwise performed outstanding service for the Society.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque and lapel pin
    • No limit on number awarded per year
    • Deadline for nomination: December 1
    • Awards are presented at the Annual Society Meeting

    Exceptional Service Award

    This award recognizes members who have served the Society faithfully and with exemplary effort, far in excess (45 service points) of that required for the Distinguished Service Award (15 service points). The individual must have been a full grade Member for a minimum of ten years and be a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

    • A completed DSA/ESA Point Tally Form, current ASHRAE Biographical Record, and digital photo must be submitted with each nomination.
    • Members may be nominated by other members, chapters, regions, committees, or may nominate themselves.
    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque and lapel pin
    • Maximum twenty awarded per year
    • Deadline for nomination: May 1
    • Awards are presented at Annual Society Meeting

    Distinguished Service Award

    This award recognizes members of ASHRAE who have served the Society faithfully and with distinction on committees or otherwise given freely of their time and talent on behalf of the Society (15 service points are required).

    • A completed DSA/ESA Point Tally Form, current ASHRAE Biographical Record, and digital photo must be submitted with each nomination
    • Members may be nominated by other members, chapters, regions, committees, or may nominate themselves.
    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque and lapel pin
    • No limit on number awarded per year
    • Deadline for nomination: May 1

    word_icon.png Instructions for DSA/ESA Point Tally Form (February 2015)

    word_icon.png DSA/ESA Point Tally Form (February 2018)


    Developing Leader Award

    This award recognizes new members who have shown diverse involvement and commitment to ASHRAE within five (5) years of Associate Member join date.

    Additional Award Details

    • A completed application/point tally form and digital photo must be submitted with each nomination
    • Members may be nominated by an ASHRAE member or may nominate themselves
    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque and lapel pin
    • No limit on number of recipients per year
    • Deadline for Nomination: May 1
    • Recommended by YEA Committee

    Please send all completed nominations and photos to Rhiannon Masterson, Assistant Manager – Membership, at rmasterson@ashrae.org.

  • Personal Awards for Specific Society Activities

    Lincoln Bouillon Award

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    This award recognizes a member who performs the most outstanding work in increasing the membership of the Society during the course of the year.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Membership Promotion Committee

    William J. Collins, Jr. RP Award

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    This award recognizes the Chapter RP Chair who excels in raising funds for ASHRAE's RP campaign during the course of the year.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque with a medallion, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by RP Committee

    Homer Addams Award

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    This award recognizes a graduate student who has been engaged in an ASHRAE research project at a university that has graduate programs in the areas of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and has achieved a high standard of performance in this work.

    Additional Award Details

    • Recognition is in the form of a $5,000 honorarium, plaque and lapel pin
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Research Administration Committee
    • Deadline for nomination: December 15

    Submit nominations to ASHRAE Manager of Research and Technical Services, 1791 Tullie Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2305 or mvaughn@ashrae.org.


    Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award

    Additional Award Details

    This award recognizes a promising investigator, preferably less than 40 years of age, for significant accomplishment in the general area of man's response to the environment, which may include thermal, moisture, visual, acoustical, toxic, allergic, olfactory, vibrational and microbiological effects on man's health, comfort and well-being.

    • Recognition is in the form of a $500 honorarium, plaque and lapel pin
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by TC 2.1 (Physiology and Human Environment)

    John F. James International Award

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    This award recognizes an ASHRAE member who has done the most to enhance the Society's international presence or posture.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Members Council

    Milton W. Garland Commemorative Refrigeration Award for Project Excellence

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    This award recognizes the designer and owner of a non-comfort cooling refrigeration application that highlights innovation and/or new technologies.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque with a medallion, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Refrigeration Committee

    Visit the Refrigeration Committee webpage for nomination details and deadlines.


    Comfort Cooling Award for Project Excellence

    This award recognizes the designer and the owner of a comfort cooling application which highlights innovation and/or new technologies.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque with transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Refrigeration Committee

    Visit the Refrigeration Committee webpage for nomination details and deadlines.


    Standards Achievement Award

    The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in volunteer service for developing ASHRAE standards/guidelines.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One or more awarded per year
    • Recommended by Standards Committee

    Dan Mills Technical Award

    word_icon.png More information about Dan Mills

    This Award was created by the Society Board of Directors in 1998 to honor the memory of Dan Mills of the ASHRAE Memphis Tennessee Chapter who demonstrated outstanding chapter communication in the area of government activities and contacts. Its purpose is to recognize a Chapter Technology Transfer Committee member (Chair or Vice-Chair) who excels in promoting technical and energy activities of the CTT Committee. For additional information, please visit www.ashrae.org/cttc.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Chapter Technology Transfer Committee

    Student Activities Achievement Award

    This award is designed to recognize an ASHRAE member who has contributed to the goals and the growth of student activities at all levels. Although this award is designed to honor a present or past Student Activities Chapter Chair, other members demonstrating such service can be nominated as well. Learn More

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Student Activities Committee 
    • Candidate must have proven track record of contributing to student activities related programs (included but not limited to mentoring for the annual design competition or grants program, sponsoring students at ASHRAE conferences, promoting local and national scholarships, participating in K-12 outreach and student branch involvement).

    Lou Flagg Award

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    This award recognizes a Chapter Gold Ribbon Award winner for compiling information on outstanding historical projects or persons related to HVAC&R.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Historical Committee

    Chapter Program Star Award

    This award recognizes excellence in chapter program endeavors. For additional information, please visit www.ashrae.org/cttc.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque, lapel pin, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Chapter Technology Transfer Committee

    George B. Hightower Technical Achievement Award

    word_icon.png More information about George B. Hightower

    This award recognizes excellence in volunteer service in the area of Technical Committee, Technical Group, and Technical Research Group activities excluding research and standards.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Technology Council

    Service to ASHRAE Research Award

    This award recognizes excellence in volunteer service in the area of Society research.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Technology Council

    Environmental Health Award

    This award recognizes excellence in volunteer service focused on environmental health issues.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by the Environmental Health Committee

    Donald A. Siller Refrigeration Award

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    This award recognizes exceptional performance by a Chapter Refrigeration Chair for planning activities and providing technology transfer on the subject of refrigeration. For additional information, please visit www.ashrae.org/cttc.

    • Recognition in the form of  a plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee

    Young Engineer in ASHRAE (YEA) Award of Individual Excellence

    This award recognizes the YEA member (s) annually for superior efforts during the preceding Society year in the promotion of the YEA Institute and representation of the 35 and under demographic of ASHRAE.

    • Recognition in the form of  a plaque
    • One or more awarded per year
    • Recommended by YEA Committee

    Youth Outreach Award

    This award recognizes the outstanding effort of a member who actively engages a youth audience in their country, region, or local community through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.

    • Recognition in the form of  a plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by the Student Activities Committee

    Grassroots Government Advocacy Award

    This award recognizes an individual for outstanding effort and achievement in state, provincial, and local government activities in connection with technical issues related to the activities of the Society.

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque for first place winners, and transportation, if not otherwise reimbursed by the Society.
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee

    word_icon.png Grassroots Government Advocacy Award Criteria and Application


    Lower-GWP Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Innovation Award

    This award recognizes individuals who have developed or practiced innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to minimize global warming potential (GWP) through refrigeration and air-conditioning management.

    • Recognition of and certificate presentation will be at a UN event with UN Environment.
    • Submission process: February 1 to May 15 each calendar year
    • Recommended by UN Environment Liaison Committee
  • Paper Awards

    Crosby Field Award

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    This award is for the highest rated paper presented before a technical session, a symposium or a poster session, or at a Society meeting in a given year.

    • Recognition is in the form of a $750 honorarium and plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Selection is based on paper review scoring by the Conferences and Expositions Committee

    Willis H. Carrier Award

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    This award is for the best published paper of outstanding quality presented at a Society meeting by a member of any grade who was 32 years of age or less at the time of presentation of the paper.

    • Recognition is in the form of $500 honorarium and plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Selection is based on paper review scoring by the Conferences and Expositions Committee

    Technical Paper Award

    This award is for the best technical papers presented at a Society meeting for the year.

    • Recognition is in the form of a $500 honorarium and plaque
    • Four awarded per year
    • Selection is based on paper review scoring by the Conferences and Expositions Committee

    Journal Paper Award

    This award is for the best article published in the ASHRAE Journal for the year.

    • Recognition is in the form of a $500 honorarium and plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by the Publications Committee

    Poster Presentation Award

    This award is for the best Poster Session Paper from each Annual and Winter Meeting.

    • Recognition is in the form of a $500 honorarium and plaque
    • Two awarded per year
    • Selection is based on paper review scoring by the Conferences and Expositions Committee

    Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award

    This award is for the best referred paper published in the volume year of the Science and Technology for the Built Environment, the ASHRAE research journal.

    • Recognition in the form of a plaque
    • One awarded per year
    • Recommended by the Research Journal Subcommittee
  • Society Awards to Groups or Chapters

    Technology Award/Award of Engineering Excellence

    The ASHRAE Technology Awards program recognizes, on an international scale, successful applications of innovative design, which incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management, indoor air quality, and mechanical design management technology. 

    • Recognition is in the form of a plaque
    • Awards are given in six categories with up to three awards in each category
    • Recommended by the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee

    Visit www.ashrae.org/technologyawards for submission requirements and deadlines.


    Student Design Project Competition

    This award recognizes outstanding student design projects, encourages students to become involved in the profession, promotes teamwork, and allows students to apply their knowledge of practical design. Teams may compete in three categories: HVAC Design Calculations, HVAC System Selection, and Integrated Building Design. A “Rising Star” winner is also chosen from each category.

    • First, second, and third place winners are recognized in each entry category
    • First place teams each receive a plaque and $2,000 honorarium, plus a team representative receives transportation to the ASHRAE Winter Conference, two night's lodging and up to $100 for expenses.
    • A representative from each second place, third place, and rising star teams receives transportation to the ASHRAE Winter Conference and two night’s lodging.
    • Recommended by the Student Activities Committee

    Visit the Student Design Project Competition webpage for instructions and deadlines.

  • Chapter and Regional Awards

    Regional Award of Merit and Chapter Service Award

    Both awards recognize activities and contributions of members at the regional and chapter level. Ten (10) points are required for the Regional Award of Merit; Twelve (12) points are required for the Chapter Service Award.

    Nominations for Regional Awards must include current ASHRAE Biographical record listing service rendered and the year of accomplishment.

    • Recognition is in the form of a certificate
    • Nominations are made by delegate from candidate’s chapter at the Chapters Regional Conference (CRC)
    • An updated ASHRAE Biographical Record and Point Tally Form are required for the Regional Award of Merit and the Chapter Service Award (Available via the Honors and Awards web page)
    • Regional Award of Merit – No Limit on awards per chapter per year in each region
    • Chapter Service Award – No Limit on awards per chapter per year in each region

    word_icon.png Regional Award of Merit Point Tally Form

    word_icon.png Chapter Service Award Point Tally Form

    Please contact vgrant@ashrae.org for questions concerning the Regional Award of Merit and Chapter Service Award.

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