Keynote Speaker

Julia Keen


Architectural Engineering and Construction Science, Kansas State University, USA
ASHRAE society board of directors as vice president 2017–2019, and director-at-large 2013–2016.
HVAC education through the HVAC Essentials Course
Co-authoring the ASHRAE book, High-Performance Buildings Simplified.
ASHRAE E. K. Campbell Teaching Award
EngineeredSystems Magazine’s 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC.

Presentation Title:

ASHRAE’s Impact in the Industry – Past, Present, and Future




Julia Keen received her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University 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 she 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 the High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) ASHRAE Certification. As a professor of architectural engineering and construction science she was granted the Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering Endowed Chair and was recognized as the 2020 Coffman University Distinguished Teaching Scholar. 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 owner of the consulting company Keen Designs PA. Her endeavors there include performing as an HVAC professional education consultant in the areas of engineering design, plan check and quality review, and acting as an owner’s representative in facility planning and project implementation. 

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