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K-State Today

July 11, 2018

Keen elected vice president of global professional society

By Mary Rankin

Julia Keen, professor of architectural engineering and construction science

Julia Keen, Kansas State University professor and Bob and Betty Tointon engineering chair in the architectural engineering and construction science department, was installed as 2018-19 vice president of ASHRAE during its annual conference in Houston June 23-27. 

Keen joined the faculty of the College of Engineering in 2003. She is a licensed mechanical professional engineer in Kansas and Iowa, and holds two ASHRAE certifications — high-performance building design professional and building energy audit professional. She also is the owner of the consulting company, Keen Designs PA.

As a part of the ASHRAE organization, Keen has acted as faculty adviser of the K-State student branch since 2003 and has held several chapter positions, including president. She has served as director-at-large to the ASHRAE board of directors, and her service and contributions to the organization, as well as the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry, were recognized when she was named recipient of the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, and she also has been promoted to the level of fellow. Keen serves as an ASHRAE distinguished lecturer.

ASHRAE is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability.