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Architectural Engineering and Construction Science

Julia Keen | Professor

Photo of Julia KeenBob and Betty Tointon Engineering Chair

Ph.D. - 2010, Kansas State University
Curriculum and Instruction
M.S. - 2005, Kansas State University
Architectural Engineering
B.S. - 1998, Kansas State University
Architectural Engineering

Contact Information

2062 Seaton Hall

Professional Experience

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. 

Academic Highlights

Julia became involved in ASHRAE as a student member of the Kansas State University student branch. She has acted as the faculty advisor to this branch since 2003 during which time the chapter has routinely attended the ASHRAE winter meetings and the competition team that she has coached has finished first in the ASHRAE Design Competition six times. Through the years, Julia has held several chapter positions including President of the Cedar Valley Chapter. She has also been involved in many Society level committees including: Finance, Publishing and Education Council, Planning, Publications, Conferences and Expositions, and Certification as well as chaired TC6.1-Hydronic and Steam Equipment and Systems. Julia served in the elected positions on the ASHRAE Society Board of Directors as Vice President (2017 – 2019) and Director-at-Large (2013 – 2016). As a DAL and VP she served as Ex Officio/Coordinating Officer to the Refrigeration, Society Rules, and Standards Committees and was a voting member of Tech Council. Her service to the organization was recognized in 2010 when she was given the Distinguished Service Award. Julia continues to promote her passion of HVAC education through the HVAC Essentials Course she co-developed and delivers for ASHRAE around the world. She was promoted to the grade of ASHRAE Fellow in 2016 and was presented with the 2018 ASHRAE E. K. Campbell Teaching Award. Julia continues to promote her passion of HVAC as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.