Julia Keen | Professor
Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering Chair
Ph.D. - 2010, Kansas State University
Curriculum and Instruction
M.S. - 2005, Kansas State University
B.S. - 1998, Kansas State University
248 Seaton Hall
Professor Keen received her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from K-State in 1998. Upon graduation, she worked as a mechanical/electrical project engineer in Waterloo, Iowa. In this capacity, she was responsible for the design of building systems from initial planning stages through final project inspection and completion. Keen was involved in new and retrofit projects including hospitals, health clinics, assisted-living and nursing facilities, education facilities, office buildings, retail facilities, dormitories, and churches. In July 2003, Keen accepted a faculty position with K-State in the department of architectural engineering and construction science. She completed her master’s degree in architectural engineering in 2005 and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction in 2010, both from K-State. She is a Licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer in Kansas and Iowa and holds two ASHRAE Certifications – High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Building Energy Audit Professional (BEAP). As a professor of architectural engineering and construction science, she was granted the Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering Endowed Chair. In addition to her nine-month faculty appointment at K-State, Keen has the opportunity to stay current with the HVAC industry in a consulting capacity as the owner of the consulting company, Keen Designs, PA. Her consulting endeavors include performing as a HVAC professional education consultant, engineering design, plan check and quality review, and acting as an owner’s representative in facility planning and project implementation.
Dr. Keen’s specific areas of interest and research include HVAC design, energy codes, high performance design, HVAC education, and the advancement of women in the building design and construction industry. She conducts research with both graduate and undergraduate students. She has served as the major professor to 13 graduate students.
Keen has devoted much of her free time and service to the professional organization ASHRAE. She became involved in ASHRAE as a student member of the K-State student branch. She has acted as the faculty advisor to the branch since 2003, during which the chapter has routinely attended the ASHRAE winter meetings and the competition team has finished first in the ASHRAE Design Competition five times. Through the years, Julia has held several chapter positions including president and CRC chair of the Cedar Valley Chapter. She has been involved in many society-level committees including planning, president elect advisory, publications, conferences and expositions, and certification. She has also chaired TC6.1-hydronic and steam equipment and systems. Julia just recently completed her term as director-at-large to the ASHRAE Board of Directors (2013 -16). In this position, she served as ex officio to both the Refrigeration and Standards Committees, and was a voting member of Tech Council. Her service and contributions to the organization and the HVAC industry were recognized in 2010 when she was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and in 2016 when she was promoted to the level of fellow. Julia continues to promote her passion of HVAC as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.