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Architectural Engineering and Construction Science

Christopher J. Ahern | Assistant Professor

Photo of Chris AhernM.S. - 2005, Kansas State University
Architectural Engineering
B.S. - 2005, Kansas State University
Architectural Engineering

Contact Information

233 Seaton Hall
785-532-3559
cahern@k-state.edu

Professional Experience

Professor Ahern received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University in 2005. After graduating, he worked as a consulting engineer at PKMR Engineers in Overland Park, Kansas. He worked on a variety of project types including mechanical, electrical and plumbing design as well as construction management and commissioning. He was a principal at the firm before returning to K-State to teach in 2013. 

Currently he teaches a variety of architectural engineering and construction science courses and is an assistant professor in that department. He has taught nine different courses over the four years he has been at K-State. He advises approximately 50 students, is the department co-chair for Open House, is the advisor for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) student chapter and is the advisor for the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) student chapter.

He serves on numerous departmental committees and the Campus Planning Committee. 

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kansas and also a LEED certified professional in the BD+C category. 

Research

Professor Ahern has been actively involved in aiding the university’s 2025 efforts by helping with the college’s undergraduate research.  He has participated in five different projects and his 2015-16 project won first place at the Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Forum. 

Academic Highlights

Professor Ahern won the 2014 GE Johnson Faculty Award, the 2015 National Electrical Contractors Association Faculty Award and the 2016 Mark Keenan Family Architectural Engineering and Construction Science Faculty Award for his efforts in teaching and advising.

He won the 2015 Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year Award for his efforts in advising student groups.

He is regularly a part of the AEI Student Competition Team, which won a variety of awards from 2013-16.

He has been active in the NCEES PE Architectural Engineering exam committee, writing questions, reviewing questions and analyzing results.