Bernard A. Nagengast Receives 2020 Engineer-Historian Award From ASME

Nov 16, 2020

NEW YORK (Nov. 16, 2020) – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) presented Bernard A. Nagengast with the 2020 Engineer-Historian award at a virtual ceremony on Friday, Nov. 13, in conjunction with the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE).
Presented annually, the Engineer-Historian Award recognizes outstanding published work or works by an engineer dealing with the history of mechanical engineering and is intended to encourage mechanical engineers’ interest in the history of their profession. Preference is given to those publications dealing with the art and science of mechanical engineering.
Selected by ASME’s History & Heritage Committee, Nagengast was chosen for his collected publications on the history of air conditioning and refrigeration, including more than two dozen articles and two co-authored books: Heat and Cold: Mastering the Great Indoors: A Selective History of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration from the Ancients to the 1930s (1994) and Adventures in Heat and Cold: Men and Women Who Made Your Lives Better (2020).
For over 40 years, Nagengast, a consulting engineer from Sidney, Ohio, has educated his fellow practitioners and the public on the history and social impact of refrigeration and air conditioning. After graduating in engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 1971, he attended a year of graduate school and worked for seven years with the Copeland Corporation, focusing on refrigeration systems, before becoming a consultant. A longtime member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and a mainstay on that organization’s Historical Committee, Nagengast published his first historically-oriented article in 1972 and began regularly publishing historical articles on the history of climate control, especially air conditioning and refrigeration, a decade later. 
According to Gail Cooper, who wrote a definitive history of air conditioning in the early 20th century: “Some of the most careful research and balanced history writing [on the subject of air conditioning] has been done by Bernard Nagengast.” 
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Held Nov. 16-19, the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) is the largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference in the world.  Hosted virtually this year, the conference will feature synchronous and asynchronous events, exhibits, poster sessions, and discussion forums via an online platform. IMECE draws professionals from across the globe from a variety of engineering and industrial sectors, including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, advanced energy, applied mechanics, bioengineering, design engineering, energy production, conservation and recovery, environmental engineering, fluids engineering, heat transfer, materials, nanotechnology, and rail transportation. For more event details, visit:  
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