Charles E. Gulledge III, 2020-2021 ASHRAE President

Charles remarks, digital transformation is not simply associated with adopting new technical solutions. Knowledge needs to be captured and linked in such a way that ALL relevant stakeholders’ benefit. Doing so requires understanding of how to collect, store, and analyze data; so that it is insightful and actionable.

His theme for the 2020-21 ASHRAE Society Year is “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.” It focuses on reimagining the building industry and ASHRAE’s place in it by integrating not only industry segments, but also technology.

Charles E. Gulledge’s term commenced during the June 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Summit. Although his travel plans were literally grounded as a result of COVID-19, sticking with ‘Virtual Outreach to Members’, he has had a very productive first quarter as ASHRAE president, due to the digital technology that has kept him in touch with ASHRAE comrades around the world. He said, I have already (virtually) visited over 40 ASHRAE chapters in two months. My capacity to reach the ASHRAE membership has increased like it never would have been possible in the old world of flying around the world and seeing people. To me, that is an interesting development.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Exceptional Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Chapter Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, two ASHRAE Technology Awards and the Dan Mills Technology Award. In addition to his contributions to ASHRAE, Gulledge’s career in HVAC spans over 36 years. He is currently a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Environmental Air Systems, LLC.