Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) Session Speakers Announced at Best Practices 2023 EXPO & Conference


The Cooling Technology Institute (CTI), an Event Co-Sponsor of the Best Practices 2023 EXPO & Conference, co-located with Process Expo, October 23-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, has announced their speakers and topics for the CTI three-hour conference session on Tuesday, October 24, at 10:15am. This session lies within "Track 2: On-Site Utility Reliability, Safety and Quality" offering up to 13 PDH credits to engineering, maintenance, reliability, hygiene, safety and environmental monitoring personnel.

Manufacturing, engineering firm and equipment sales personnel will meet, on the EXPO Floor, with the leading global manufacturers of compressed air, vacuum and cooling/chilled water technologies. Early-Bird EXPO Registration rates are $50 and grant access to both Expos.


About the Presentations

The CTI Session presenters are Mark Pfeifer, Technical Services Manager, SPX Cooling Tech, Andrew Sickler, Industrial Business Development Manager, Baltimore Aircoil Company and Jon Cohen, Digital Innovation Fellow, Buckman Chemical. Mr. Pfeiffer will present, “The Fundamentals of Cooling Towers,” Mr. Sickler will present “The Fundamentals of Adiabatic Coolers” and Mr. Cohen will present “Fundamentals of Water Treatment."

Mr. Pfeifer has done numerous presentations to engineers, architects and contractors on the subject of cooling towers and their application to HVAC and Industrial projects. The presentation will provide attendees with a review of the fundamentals of cooling towers.

Mr. Sickler will review how adiabatic heat rejection has become more widely available, saving energy and water without the need for water treatment. Engineers and owners are now challenged with comparing the benefits and tradeoffs of air-cooled, water-cooled, and adiabatic systems. After attending this seminar, you will know how to compare different cooling systems, when adiabatic units are right for your projects, and the different types of adiabatic coolers and condensers available.

Mr. Cohen will provide an overview of the basics of water treatment for evaporative heat rejection equipment, including open and closed circuit cooling towers as well as evaporative condensers. Topics include common water treatment terms, methods for control of scale, corrosion, and biological contamination, water management plans, and best practices for minimizing water use while maximizing system efficiency.


About the Speakers

Andrew Sickler, Industrial Business Development Manager, Baltimore Aircoil Company, has seen many facets of mechanical systems in his career.  He has held various positions including service technician (while finishing his engineering degree), service manager, construction project management, and project engineering.  This background shapes his approach and allows him to deliver his clients thoughtful and responsible solutions to their engineering and design challenges.

Andrew Sickler, Industrial Business Development Manager, Baltimore Aircoil Company.

Mark Pfeifer, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Overland Park, KS, SPX Cooling Tech. Mark holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Kansas and is a LEED accredited professional. His cooling tower career spans over 30 years in various roles including materials engineering, proposal management and applications engineering. In his current role, Mark manages the Technical Services department providing technical support for sales representatives and customers. Mark is currently secretary of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee for Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers (TC8.6) and a member of USGBC.

Mark Pfeifer, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Technical Services Manager, SPX Cooling Tech.

Jon Cohen has been involved in water treatment for over 30 years, covering laboratory, R&D, Sales, Equipment, technical consulting, and management. He has been the Technical Director for regional water treatment companies and led large teams in biocides and equipment for a larger company. He is an active participant in trade organizations, serving as a past BOD member at the CTI and participating in the drafting and subsequent adoption of numerous standards and guidelines, including ASHRAE/ANSI 188. Jon holds a Bachelors degree in Biology, Masters in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA. He is also accredited with LEED AP. Jon is currently a Digital Innovation Fellow at Buckman Chemical.

Jon Cohen, Digital Innovation Fellow, Buckman Chemical.


About Best Practices 2023 EXPO & Conference

The Best Practices 2023 EXPO & Conference is devoted to Sustainable, Safe and Reliable On-Site Utilities Powering Automation – including compressed air, blower, vacuum, pneumatics and cooling water systems. Join manufacturing, engineering firm, and equipment sales personnel for Continuing Education (PDH Credits), Certification Exams and Networking Opportunities on October 23-25, 2023 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Visit