ASHRAE Honors 25-Year Industry Veteran with Hightower Tech Achievement Award

Devin Abellon, P.E., business development manager for Engineering Services at Uponor North America, was recently named the recipient of the 2019-2020 George B. Hightower Technical Achievement Award. Presented in May during the 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference (held virtually this year), the award recognizes excellence in volunteer, leadership and service to the organization’s Technical Committees, Technical Groups and Technical Research Groups.

Abellon was cited for his significant contributions to ASHRAE and TC 6.5 over the past four years in his work as TC 6.5 Programs Subcommittee chair. From 2015 to 2018, Abellon chaired six ASHRAE seminars and a panel discussion with 16. In 2019, he chaired the radiant heating and cooling track at the Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, which featured 39 presentations in 12 seminars. As TC 6.5 Handbook Chair, Abellon recently developed a comprehensive plan for a consolidated handbook chapter on radiant heating and cooling.

Before joining Uponor in 2009, Abellon served as the managing principal and vice president of LSW Engineers California, Inc. in San Diego. He now has over 25 years of experience in the HVAC and plumbing industries with a focus on high-performance and sustainable building design and construction. A registered professional engineer in California and Arizona, Abellon has held several leadership positions within ASHRAE at the local-chapter, region and society levels, including regional Nominating Committee member, society Membership Promotion Committee chair and as a facilitator for ASHRAE’s Leadership Academy. At the Annual Conference on July 1, he was elected as director and regional chair of Region X, which covers California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.