William Bahnfleth wins Editor’s Choice Award at Climate Control Awards 2023

January 8, 2024

Editor’s note: The information in this article was originally reported in a press release published by Climate Control. 

UNIVERSTIY PARK, Pa. — William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, won the Editor’s Choice Award at the 13th annual Climate Control Awards, which took place on Dec. 6 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  

The award recognizes “exceptional services” rendered to the cause of Indoor Air Quality, according to CPI Industry, the publisher of Climate Control Middle East magazine and producer of the awards. Bahnfleth was honored for his stewardship in the drafting of the recently released ASHRAE, formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Standard 241, said CPI Industry.  

“The Editor’s Choice Award is to honor Dr. Bahnfleth for his leadership in producing the standard,” said Surendar Balakrishnan, co-founder and editorial director of CPI Industry, as well as the editor of Climate Control Middle East, who presented the Editor’s Choice trophy. "Such a standard is a shot in the arm for global humanity that is looking to protect itself better against future possible pandemics.” 

Bahnfleth led the team that produced the ASHRAE Standard 241, which sets minimum requirements to reduce the risk of airborne disease transmission for diseases such as COVID-19.  

“Thank you for this kind recognition of my efforts during the pandemic,” Bahnfleth said. “I am honored to accept this significant award on behalf of more than 100 contributors to the Epidemic Task Force and more than 40 members of the committee that developed Standard 241.” 

Mark Ereth, emeritus professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, received the award on behalf of Bahnfleth. 

Bahnfleth holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and is a fellow and presidential member of ASHRAE. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 journal articles and 14 books or book chapters. He has served ASHRAE in a variety of capacities, including as 2013-14 society president.


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