Julia Keen, P.E., Ph.D.
Kansas State University
2062 Seaton Hall
920 N. 17th St.
Manhattan, KS 66506
United States
(785) 532-3575
Region: IX
Honorarium: None

Julia Keen is a Professor of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science at Kansas State University holding the Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering endowed chair. She also owns her own consulting company, Keen Designs, PA. Her specific areas of interest include HVAC design, energy codes, high performance design, HVAC education, and the advancement of women in the building design and construction industry.

Julia Keen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University. 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. In July 2003, Julia accepted a faculty position with K-State in the Architectural Engineering and Construction Science Department. She completed her Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering (2005) and her Doctorate (2010) in Education 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).

In addition to her 9-month faculty appointment at K-State, Julia has the opportunity to stay current with the HVAC industry in a consulting capacity. Her consulting endeavors include performing as HVAC professional education consultant, engineering design, plan check and quality review, and acting as an owner’s representative in facility planning and project implementation.

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.

ASHRAE bEQ – Building Performance vs Building Certification & Rating

This presentation will discuss the purpose and advantages of building labeling and its effect on building performance. An in depth explanation of the ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient Program will also be provided. The presentation will cover what distinguishes bEQ from other labeling programs as well as the process used to meet the requirements to qualify a building for labeling.

Targeting Success – Improve Employee Satisfaction, Retention, and Profit

As the building design and construction industry looks at the composition of the future workforce it is clear that the demographics of today will need to change to meet future demand for employees. It is projected that this change will include increasing the number of women employed in the building design and construction industry. We have seen an increase in young women enrolling in STEM disciplines at the university level and an improvement in the numbers attaining college degrees but we have not seen the same increase in the percent of women employed in the STEM workforce. This inconsistency can be attributed to poor retention of women once they enter the profession. This presentation will address why women leave the industry and what can be done to help increase retention. This is an important topic for our industry as a whole as well as for employers trying to minimize turn-over and maximize productivity and profit.

Ethical Decision Making – An Exercise in Application

In lieu of the traditional lecture style presentation, this is a structured interactive exercise. The participant will be provided a copy of both the ASHRAE and the Professional Engineering Code of Ethics. A methodology for ethical decision making will be introduced. Realistic ethical dilemmas from the practice of building design and construction will be presented. Based on the information provided and using the provided Codes of Ethics the participants will be asked to make their own decision, discuss this with their table, and then be lead through the decision making process as a group. The ethical dilemmas begin as fairly simple black-white analysis and are progressively made more complex during the session.

Millenials – How to Manage the next Generation

All employers are in the position that they need to replace long term employees who change jobs or retire. One of the obvious choices to fill these voids in personnel is to promote existing employees and hire individuals that just completed their degrees to the newly vacated positions. The success of these hires does not typically depended on their technical capacity or capability but instead is related to issues of expectation, communication, motivation, and fit. It is important for the success of companies that they make and retain new hires. This presentation identifies the differences between this new generation of employees and those that are doing the hiring. The intent of this presentation is to help bridge the gap and increase the odds of retaining new employees.

ASHRAE's Impact in the Industry - Past, Present, and Future
2019-2020 is ASHRAE's 125th Anniversary. This presentation provides a summary of ASHRAE’s history and reviews the many areas in which ASHRAE has had an impact. It also presents the current direction of ASHRAE as it evolves to meet the needs of its members and industry. The objectives of the organization in the near future as a result of the new strategic plan are introduced. This presentation will also discuss some of the opportunities being explored as ASHRAE considers its role as a future industry leader. As history shows, there is a need for continual improvement and change to remain relevant and maintain a prominent position within the industry.
Distinctly Different – Skillsets for Women to Succeed in STEM Fields
The intent of this presentation is to provide women the non-technical tools need for success in their STEM careers. The primary outcome for the audience is to better appreciate gender differences by gaining understanding and perspective. This knowledge results in more effective management and navigation of challenging workplace situations. Specific topics include: stereotypes, confidence, communication, leadership, and success. This is a very appropriate presentation for women but men that are in the position of working with, managing, and mentoring women will also find the information and insight helpful as they work to promote women in the workplace.