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We picked up a tweet yesterday from Robert Bean, a mechanical engineer and well-known indoor climate and radiant heating consultant, about the Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence finding a permanent home at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York.
The society, located in Manhattan, was founded in 1785 to provide cultural, educational and social services to families of skilled craftsmen. It’s hard to sum up the society’s rich history, but its Mechanics Institute continues to provide tuition-free evening instruction in trades-related education and counts more than 180,000 alumni.
Considering its namesakes, the award should fit in quite well. The award, bestowed upon an American or Canadian citizen, is based on the character traits of Gil Carlson, mechanical engineer and inventor of the Bell & Gossett System Syzer and his protégé Dan Holohan, a well-known authority on hydronics as well as a society member.
Presented once every two years, the award is given to an individual known for their dedication to teaching, mentoring and raising funds for philanthropic causes on behalf of the steam and hydronic industry.