Chapter History

The Ft. Wayne chapter of ASHRAE

was chartered in 1974 and has functioned over 30 years as a meeting point for the HVAC industry in northeastern Indiana.

Chartered in 1974 with Alfred Gunterman as president, the chapter was dormant for several years in the 1990s, but through an energetic group of Ft. Wayne consulting engineers it was rejuvenated.

Initially it was supposed that local professionals were not members of the Northern Indiana chapter of ASHRAE because of the travel time involved in getting to South Bend, but that a local Fort Wayne chapter would spur a membership surge. These suppositions have proven to be true as we now have over seventy active members in the Fort Wayne ASHRAE Chapter!

ASHRAE National History

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an international organization of over 50,000 people with chapters worldwide. Formed by the merger in 1959 of two societies, the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) and the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) with the purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration, ASHRAE writes standards for the HVAC&R industry world wide. With more than 100 current projects worth nearly $8 million, ASHRAE investigates a multitude of issues relative to the HVAC&R industry.


  • The first meeting of ASHRAE was September 10, 1894 in New York City
  • ASHRAE was incorporated in New York on January 24, 1895
  • On July 19, 1906 in Chicago, a motion was made to form "local chapters of the society" upon application of 10 members in any state
  • The first chapter formed was the Issinois chapter on December 13, 1907