Chris Stamatis, Affil.AIRAH
Born and raised in Canberra, Chris Stamatis, Affil.AIRAH, earned his start in the industry studying mechanical engineering. He has worked as a mechanical consultant, building management system (BMS) service tech, BMS engineer, and is now the director of CopperTree Analytics – a company he established nearly five years ago.
When he’s not chairing AIRAH’s Big Data and Analytics STG, Stamatis hates sitting still, and values the opportunity to get off the screen and work with his hands. He likes to spend his spare time working on cars and building things.
What brought you to the HVAC&R industry?
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be an engineer. Once I completed my studies, I started applying for jobs and landed a position as a design draftsman for a mechanical consulting firm.
After a couple of years, I was offered a position with a BMS company and immediately felt at home in the more technology-based role. I’ve since dedicated as much time as possible to learn more and push the boundaries in what buildings are capable of. This is what attracted me to the world of analytics.
What's your favourite HVAC&R-related memory?
There have been many, but I like diagnosing tricky issues the most. Trying to figure out why a problem occurs only under certain scenarios, like electromagnetic fields causing sensors to fluctuate and affecting control strategies, or programming/design issues that are causing comfort complaints. The trickier the better!
How long have you been a member of AIRAH?
What's something everyone should know about you, your work, or the HVAC&R industry?
The HVAC&R industry isn’t boring. With the introduction and development of smart building solutions, it’s fast becoming a high-tech industry with exciting opportunities.
How do you see the HVAC&R industry developing over the next 100 years?
Data – including the way we use and store it – will be the biggest development over the next 100 years. With more data, we can develop AI that will not only help us to diagnose issues before they occur, but can also assist us in designing more efficient buildings.