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K-State Today

January 24, 2018

Keen recognized with ASHRAE Award of Merit

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Julia Keen, professor of architectural engineering and construction science

Julia Keen, professor and Bob and Betty Tointon engineering chair in the architectural engineering and construction science department, has received the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit from the international ASHRAE organization.

The award honors an individual for outstanding service and achievement in teaching, and includes a plaque and honorarium of $10,000. The annual recognition goes to a current ASHRAE member in good standing who is associated with an institution of learning. The awardee must teach courses or conduct research in heating, ventilating, air-conditioning or refrigeration at the graduate and/or undergraduate level in an engineering or engineering technology program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Keen joined the faculty of Kansas State University in 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 is also 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 currently holds the elected position of society vice president. 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 has also 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.