William G. Eads Award

Teacher, innovator, consultant, designer, engineer

These are just a few words that describe William G. Eads, P.E. But Bill Eads' accomplishments go far beyond words.

He was the author of "Testing, Balancing and Adjusting of Environmental Systems" manual published in 1974 by SMANCA, which became the standard for the industry. Today the successor to that original manual is published by the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) as the "Procedurals Standards for Testing, Adjusting and Balancing of Environmental Systems", now in its eighth edition (2015). He was also the author of the original teaching Syllabus for NEBB on the subject of Testing and Balancing of Environmental Systems. He developed the curriculum of one of the first Testing and Balancing training programs and he also wrote numerous papers on Testing and Balancing. He went on to teach testing and balancing from 1968 (first class ever held) until 1983.

From 1963 to 1968, Mr. Eads also taught several evening courses at Temple University, including Air Conditioning Machinery and Controls, Heating Systems Design, Air Conditioning Design and Automatic Temperature Controls. He also made various presentations to national and local associations affiliated with the Industry.

Mr. Eads was presented with the Mel-Wind Award in 1997 by the Sheet Metal Contractors Association. This prestigious award is given in recognition of those who have worked to advance the Sheet Metal Industry.

His career began in 1945...

as a radio technician in the U. S. Navy. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950, he went to work for a number of engineering and mechanical firms.

In 1975, he signed on with Daniel J. Keating as Vice President in charge of Mechanical Operations. One of the highlights of this position was the $60 million renovation of the Dome Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Eads retired from the Keating firm in 1988. He remained active as a volunteer with the local NEBB Chapter, the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Balancing Association (MAEBA) for many years.

Bill once said "It has been my privilege to have been a part of this evolution in the testing and balancing industry. It was an extreme pleasure teaching those classes for many years. The contacts and experiences I have had with all the SMACNA and NEBB people, have been wonderful and I have many friends as a result.

Bill passed away on December 9, 2004 after a long illness. He is missed by many.

William G. Eads, PE Award Honorees


Thomas DeMusis


Vincent Del Vacchio


Vincent Dougherty


Dietrich Rose, PE

Pictured with Ann Eads


Leo Foster

Pictured with Ann Eads


Bobby D. Roaten

Accepting Award from Ann Eads


Daniel J. Driscoll, PE

First William G. Eads Award presented to Daniel J. Driscoll, PE by Ann Eads (left). Dan with wife Natalie.