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ARI Honors HVAC Leaders
Nov 15, 2005
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APPLIANCE magazine is in Aventura, Florida, U.S. at the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) 52nd Annual Meeting, being held at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort. ARI honored five leaders during the meeting with awards recognizing their contributions to the industry.

Mikulina Receives ARI Lifetime Achievement Award

ARI Chairman Geraud Darnis presented the ARI Lifetime Achievement Award to Tom Mikulina. This is the highest honor bestowed by ARI and it recognizes those who, throughout their careers, have been leaders in the HVACR industry and made significant contributions to its advancement.

Tom Mikulina was chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than three decades of leadership in the industry, beginning in 1972 with his participation in ARI's Compressor and Condensing Units Section. Throughout his career Mikulina participated in ARI's Air Conditioning and Heat Transfer Section, Liquid Chiller Section, Air Controlled and Distribution Devices Section, and Applied Packaged Section. Mikulina was an active member of ARI's Certification Programs and Policy Committee since 1979 and served as a member of ARI's Communications Committee since 1985.

Mikulina's accomplishments were recognized in 1982 when he was presented with the ARI Schulze Award. He received an ARI Special Recognition Award in 2001 for his work with school officials to re-establish an HVACR technician training program in Milwaukee. Before his 2005 retirement, Mikulina served as vice president of industry relations for Trane, where he began his career in 1963.

ARI Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Awards

The 2005 Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Awards for outstanding service to the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry were presented to Jean Luc Caillat, Dan Ellis, Dick Lord and Roger Pasch.

The Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual's distinguished service and commitment to ARI and the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. While representing their companies, each of the award recipients volunteered their expertise and time to serve on committees, task forces and working groups; to participate in the certification programs; and to represent ARI and the industry at national and international meetings.

Jean Luc Caillat, vice president of research for the Copeland Corporation, received the Schulze Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary leadership and commitment to ARI and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute (ARTI). Caillat has been active in ARI's research initiatives for more than ten years, serving as member of the ARTI Energy Conservation Subcommittee, the ARI Research and Technology Committee and the ARTI Steering Committee. Under Caillat's leadership and direction, ARTI developed and executed 11 research projects to assess the state-of-the-art and future potential of several alternative cooling technologies.

Dan Ellis, president of ClimateMaster Incorporated, received the Schulze Distinguished Service Award for his support and service to ARI, starting in 1988. Ellis has been an active participant in ARI's Water-Source Heat Pump Subsection and ARI's Applied Packaged Systems Section. He served as chairman of the Applied Packaged System section from 1995 through 1997. Ellis currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the ARI Board, is a member of ARI's International Committee and serves on two International Standards Organization Working Groups. His leadership on ARI's Water Source Heat Pump Subsection resulted in the development of ARI Standard 330 for ground source closed-loop heat pumps.

Dick Lord, director of engineering for Carrier Corporation, has served ARI for 25 years, starting in 1978 on the Liquid Chiller Engineering Committee. He served as chair of the committee in 1985 through 1987 and again from 2002 to 2005. Lord has also served as chairman of ARI's Liquid Chiller Section and ARI's Unitary Large Equipment Section. Lord developed fifteen patents through his technical contributions and his work with screw chiller and electronic expansion valve control systems.

Roger Pasch, president of DRI-STEEM Humidifier Company, has served ARI since joining in 1981, when he served in the Humidifiers Section and Air Filtration and Ultraviolet Light Treatment Section. He was an instrumental member of the 1992 indoor air quality study at Pennsylvania State University regarding central station humidifiers. Pasch holds five patents and published more than 10 ASHRAE technical papers.

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