From Andrew Pospisal, March 2019:
I grew up on an acreage outside of Council Bluffs, IA and graduated from Lewis Central High School in 1993. After high school, I attended and graduated from Iowa State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. During my time at ISU, I enjoyed cheering on the Cyclone football and basketball teams and competed on the intercollegiate bowling team. I also had internships at a number of interesting companies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (as a civilian) doing GPS mapping of federal recreation areas and at Barry-Wehmiller designing soda bottling lines.
After graduation, I moved to Des Moines and started working for Johnson Controls (JCI) as a field engineer commissioning HVAC control systems. After a couple of years learning the ropes of the construction industry, I transitioned into an office role as a member of the regional Core Engineering Team designing controls systems for projects in Iowa and the upper Midwest. During my time at JCI, I was fortunate to work under an excellent Project Manager named Gary Erickson whose patient tutelage helped shape the rest of my career. The branch manager at the time, John Kelly, encouraged attendance at ASHRAE meetings and that’s how my involvement with the Iowa Chapter got started. Since I left Johnson Controls in 2004, I have worked for a number of small start-up companies, a.k.a. “tech start-ups”, where I’ve been able to work on cutting-edge technologies and have an influence in product design and engineering.
Through it all I’ve maintained a connection with the ASHRAE Iowa chapter. I joined the Board of Governors in 2003 as the Homepage Editor and maintained that role until 2013 when I moved into the Secretary chair. I was chapter President in 2016-2017. I’ve always admired and respected the names of the chapter presidents that came before me and am proud to see my name included in that list.