ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers is an international organization of 50,000 persons with chapters throughout the world. The Society is organized for the sole purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.The MIT branch of ASHRAE was created through an initiative of MIT's Building Technology Program students and professors in late 1995. On March 4, 1996 MIt's ASHRAE branch was officially approved by the Society's Board of Directors. The objects of the Branch are exclusively scientific and educational and include, but are not limited to:

  • the advancements of the sciences of heating, refrigerating and air conditioning engineering and related sciences;
  • the continuing education of the members and other interested persons in said sciences, through lectures, demonstrations and publications;
  • the rendition of career guidance to students of the sciences;
  • the encouragement of the scientific research.