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Scholarship Winner, Classmates Take Part in ASHRAE ‘Student Night’

Eight students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s four-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology major participated in a recent meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

The Penn College contingent participated in the regional chapter’s April 14 “Student Night” in Harrisburg, along with architectural engineering majors from The Pennsylvania State University.

Matthew A. Alters, of Bellefonte, president of the college’s ASHRAE chapter, received a $500 ASHRAE Central Chapter scholarship.

“Matt has worked hard in supporting ASHRAE and deserves this recognition,” said David P. Socha, instructor and adviser to the Penn College chapter.

Taylor P. Hostler, of Port Royal, presented his capstone project in which he designed and built a cooling tunnel for processing chocolate. Christopher J. Barlow, of Nazareth; Mark C. Shaffer, of Hanover; and Keith W. Webber, of Allentown; presented their ASHRAE Student Design project that minimizes energy consumption by a 15-story hospital in Orlando, Fla.

Also attending the meeting were students Mark P. Hunsicker, of Lansdale; Gregory J. Miller of Easton; and Xzarius O. Ryans, of Columbia, S.C.

Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is an international organization of 51,000 people dedicated to advancing the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter is part of ASHRAE’s Region III, which covers the Mid-Atlantic states and comprises design professionals and students in the industry.

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