Chairman

Richard W. Trent is a graduate engineer who majored in Heat Engineering at SUNY Maritime College and completed graduate refrigeration work at Columbia University (NY).

He is a former U.S. Naval Officer and US Merchant Marine Chief Engineer. While on active military duty, he served multiple tours on destroyer escorts and nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines. When on merchant vessels (both steam and diesel powered) as an engineering officer, he supported the American and international coalition military forces of operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the waters of southwest Asia. His last assignment was to participate in the Persian Gulf Sealift as Chief Engineer of the M.V. Cape Henry, chartered by the US Military Command.

While at Carrier Air Conditioning Company, he was a new product manufacturing program manager in the Machinery and Systems Division. This division was responsible for the production of several new centrifugal chillers, ranging in size from 400 to 1100 tons.

This extensive experience led him to co-found Carolina Heat Pipe Inc in 1993 and subsequently receive a series of US patents for the application of Heat Pipe Science to Heating Equipment and processes utilized in our Thermosyphon Run Around Heat Pipe (TRAHP™) and Spilt System Heat Recovery Systems.

Dick is a past president (1998-1999) of the Charleston Chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as well as former ASHRAE Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for region IV (2000-2003). He also authored a feature article that appeared in the January 2001 issue of the ASHRAE Journal, titled 'Air Conditioning in Submarines.' He served as Vice Chair for a special project committee during the development of the ANSI/ASHRAE standard SPC 151 “Practices for Measurement Testing Adjusting and Balancing of Shipboard Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems. Formerly a voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee TC8.10 - Mechanical Dehumidification and Heat Pipes, he continues to serve as a corresponding member of the committee.