A Story of Gratitude: Life Lessons from a Woman Engineer


This presentation is intended to inspire and encourage young women and others to pursue their STEM/STEAM dreams no matter what challenges they may encounter. Attendees will hear Janice’s story—a story of becoming an engineer and a story of gratitude for those who assisted her on the way. Starting from humble beginnings with uneducated parents, her curiosity and passion for math, science and education were cultivated and encouraged by her amazing mentors. The important life lessons that she learned in the last seven decades will be freely shared with the audience.

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  • Date: 23 Jul 2020
  • Time: 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Michigan
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  • Jackson, Michigan
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  • Starts 26 June 2020 08:00 AM
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Janice K. Means, PE, LEED® AP, FESD Janice K. Means, PE, LEED® AP, FESD

Janice K. Means, PE, LEED® AP, FESD, Professor Emeritus, College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University, in Southfield-MI, has diverse experience in industry, engineering consulting and higher education. Ms. Means holds 2 undergraduate degrees from Oakland University in Rochester-MI and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is a Fellow in the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), a Michigan Registered Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional and has earned multiple distinguished service awards at the local level from ESD and at the local, regional and international level from ASHRAE. She also mentor’s students and has done tremendous technical contributions in her field.


Janice K. Means, PE, LEED® AP, FESD, Professor Emeritus, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, has amassed diverse experience since becoming an engineer in the late 1970’s.

Professor Means has engineering experience in the industry areas of natural gas pipelines, blasting, facilities and alternative energy. During the last 15 years of her career, Professor Means has coordinated and taught architecture and architectural engineering environmental courses. She has presented papers internationally and contributed to grants including Michigan’s Vital Signs and 10kW Photovoltaic, EPA’s 3P, and NREL’s Solar Decathlon. Ms. Means has also organized several statewide and local sustainability and solar energy conferences since 1980.

Ms. Means maintains membership in several professional societies but is particularly active in ASHRAE (formally known as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD).

She has served as an active member of ASHRAE since 1985 in several leadership positions locally, regionally and at the Society (international) level. Ms. Means also co-authored and/or edited recent publications with ASHRAE, including a new guideline for Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings, the 4th and 5th editions of ASHRAE GreenGuide: Design, Construction & Operation of Sustainable Buildings, and a new chapter on Climate Change to be published in the 2021 ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook. She also was a contributing author to Chapter 36 in the 2008 ASHRAE HVAC Systems and Equipment Handbook .

Ms. Means is past Chair of the ESD Affiliate Council and a past board member of the Michigan Interfaith Power & Light and the Michigan Solar Energy Association.

One of Janice’s goals in retirement is to help others—particularly women and minorities—achieve their goals, especially with regard to entering STEM/STEAM fields.



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  3. Q&A