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May 2017 SD Chapter Meeting - ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Julia Keen

May 09, 2017
11:30 AM PDT to 1:30 PM PDT
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The Butcher Shop
5255 Kearny Villa Road
San Diego, CA 92123


ASHRAE San Diego May 2017 Meeting:



Come join us for our last regular meeting of the 2016-2017 ASHRAE Year, as our chapter proudly hosts Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Julia Keen!



This meeting will also serve as our Membership Promotion meeting. Here's how you can help out, and earn yourself a free lunch too! All you need to do is bring a prospective member to May's chapter meeting and have him/her join ASHRAE that day (we will have registration available). After signing up, both the host member and the new member will each receive a free lunch for that day's meeting! 



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.


Presented By:

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. Julia 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, 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 five times. Through the years, Julia has held several chapter positions including President and CRC Chair of the Cedar Valley Chapter. She has also been involved in many Society level committees including: Planning, Publications, Conferences and Expositions, and Certification as well as 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 - 2016). 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 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.


$40.00 ASHRAE Member
$35.00 Earlybird rate before April 29

$50.00 Non-Member
$45.00 Earlybird rate before April 29

$20.00 Retired or Student

$1.00 Raffle Ticket

$5.00 Raffle Tickets - 6 for $5