William J. Coad Biography

William J. Coad, President of Coad Engineering Enterprises was a consulting principal and past Chairman/CEO of The McClure Corporation (dba McClure Engineering Associates). Mr. Coad was President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2001-2002. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in 1957.  Prior to forming Coad Engineering Enterprises, Inc., he had been with McClure Engineering Associates, a Mechanical/Electrical Consulting Firm, for 40 years (following five years as a design engineer, estimator, and corporate officer of a mechanical contracting company).  He was a registered professional engineer in 38 states. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Mestek Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Exergen Corporation of Watertown, Massachusetts, and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) of Washington D.C.

As an educator, Mr. Coad served as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering for 12 years at Washington University in St. Louis. For 17 years he was an Affiliate Professor at Washington University, teaching graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering and serving as a thesis advisor in building environmental systems design.

Mr. Coad was a member of the Consulting Engineer's Council, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a Fellow in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). His positions in ASHRAE have included terms as President (2001-2002), Vice President, Treasurer, and member of the Society's Board of Directors. He has also served on numerous Technical Committees and Task Groups, on the Nominating Committee, the Presidential Committee on Energy Resource Evaluation, Panel 12 Standard 90‑75, Finance Committee, Energy Council, Technology Council, Members Council, Publishing Council, Research & Technical Committee,  Education Committee, and the Continuing Education Committee. (Often, he has served as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the above committees and councils). He served in all offices of the St. Louis Chapter of ASHRAE, (President, 1971‑72).

Mr. Coad received the Society's Distinguished Service Award in 1980, the Crosby Field Award for the best paper published by ASHRAE in 1985, the Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award in 1989, the award for Best Journal Article (1991),   ASHRAE's highest award for technical achievement, the F. Paul Anderson Award in 1996, the Exceptional Service Award in 2001, and the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award in 2002. 

Mr. Coad was an Honorary Member of Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honorary Society), a (1992) recipient of the Washington University Alumni Achievement Award, and the (2001) recipient of the Donald Julius Groen Prize of the British Institute of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE).  He has published several Symposium Papers and has authored numerous articles on  Engineering Philosophy and Building Environmental Systems (including, for 15 years, a monthly column entitled "Fundamentals to Frontiers" in HPAC Engineering Magazine). 

William Coad authored "Energy Engineering and Management for Building Systems," published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, and was a co-author of "Principles of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning" published by ASHRAE.  He was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of HPAC Engineering Magazine He has served on the St. Louis Professional Code Committee, and the Missouri State Building Code Steering Committee. Mr. Coad has been Chairman of the Building Technology Advisory Committee to the Missouri Energy Agency, a member of the Building and Grounds Committee of the Washington University Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of St. Elizabeth Academy in St. Louis, and the Energy Conservation Committee of the American Consulting Engineer's Council.