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K-State Today

August 17, 2016



Keen cited by professional organization with two top awards

By Mary Rankin

Julia Keen, Kansas State University professor of architectural engineering and construction science, and the Bob and Betty Tointon engineering chair, has been recognized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers with two top awards — fellow and distinguished lecturer.

Fellow status is awarded to those members who have attained distinction in the arts relating to the sciences of heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, or the allied arts and sciences. Keen will be formally recognized in January at the society’s winter conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Also named one of nine new American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Distinguished Lecturers for 2016-17, Keen will participate in a program that provides society chapters with noted authorities speaking on relevant topics that impact the built environment industry. Her presentation titles include "Ethical Decision Making — an Exercise in Application," "How to Increase Profit — Retention of Women Engineers in the Workforce," and "Millennials — How to Manage the Next Generation."

Keen's areas of expertise are in mechanical, electrical and plumbing design; high-performance building design and construction; energy codes, engineering education and retention issues. Her teaching assignments involve energy codes, mechanical design, integrated building systems and building communication systems. She also is a faculty adviser for student competition teams.

As an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers member, Keen has served on the society's board of directors, holding the position of director-at-large. She also is a member of Phi Alpha Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi.

Keen holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in architectural engineering from Kansas State University, as well as a doctoral degree in education. She is a certified professional engineer in Kansas.