Richard W. Trent

Dick is a graduate engineer who majored in Heat Engineering at SUNY Maritime College and completed graduate refrigeration work at Columbia University (NY). His extensive experience started years before his founding of Carolina Heat Pipe…

• U.S. Naval Officer and US Merchant Marine Chief Engineer.
• Served multiple tours on destroyer escorts and nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines.
• As engineering officer on merchant vessels (both steam and diesel powered), he supported the American and international coalition military forces of operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
• He loyally served his final mission on Persian Gulf Sealift as Chief Engineer of the M.V. Cape Henry, chartered by the US Military Command.
• At Carrier Air Conditioning Company, he served over the new product manufacturing program 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 heat pipe technology in 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.

His commitment to the industry is shown through his service in…
• President (1998–1999) of the Charleston Chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
• ASHRAE Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for region IV (2000–2003).
• 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.
• 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.
Link to affiliations, link to ASHRAE Article, SC Export Award, ASHRAE Committee Photo and ASHRAE Standards documents

ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, member since 1995

ASHRAE Charleston Chapter
Past President of Charleston Chapter, ASHRAE (1998-1999)
Regional Vice Chair, ASHRAE (2000-2003)
Voting Member/Vice Chairman of the ASHRAE Society Standard Project Committee (SPC 151). Standard Practices for Measurement, Testing, Adjusting and Balancing of Shipboard Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems*
*This ANSVA/ASHRAE Standard 151-2002 is the reference for the code standards in the United States and many of the 126 countries affiliated with ASHRAE.

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina World Trade Center – Charleston

Port Advisory Committee of the South Carolina Ports Authority

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

Navy League of the United States

Propeller Club of the United States

MEBA Marine Engineers Benevolent Association