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Professor Filza H. Walters is director of the combined, five-year, bachelors and masters degree program in architectural engineering at Lawrence Technological University, a program she was instrumental in creating, developing and launching. This fast-track program was introduced in the fall of 2009 and is the first program of its kind in Michigan.
Ms. Walters has more than 18 years of industry experience as a designer, consulting engineer, project manager, and owner’s representative, working on commercial, institutional, healthcare, industrial and educational facilities. Before accepting a full-time faculty position at Lawrence Tech, she was an owner’s representative and project manager for facilities planning and management at the largest, urban, state university in Michigan. As a result of her interest and passion for education, she served as an Adjunct in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) teaching environmental systems classes with an emphasis in energy efficiency and sustainability, and is co-advisor for the ASHRAE and Architectural Engineering Institute Student Chapters.
Drawing from her education, professional experience and interest in the integration of architecture with building systems (structures, heating, cooling, water and waste management, lighting and day-lighting), Ms. Walters strives to motivate students to become young professionals who achieve and exceed expectations of their internal and external clients. Her philosophy is to guide, prepare and motivate students to become life-long learners who are dedicated to creating sustainable, healthy environments that are aesthetically pleasing, structurally sound, innovative in mechanical and electrical design, cost effective to build, and energy efficient to maintain and operate.
Her network of industry leaders, professionals, educators and students resulted in her traveling to Washington, D.C. in 2008 as part of the P3 (People, Prosperity and Planet) Grant from the U.S. Environmental's Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, and the National Center for Environmental Research. In the same year, Ms. Waters was featured in a national video for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In 2009 the Detroit chapter of ASHRAE honored her as the outstanding member of the year at the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Gold Awards. For her involvement and commitments to serving the next generation of engineers, Filza was asked to speak at the annual ESD’s Tomorrow Fundraising Breakfast in 2010.
An active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Filza has served at the Local, Regional and Society levels, including: President of the Detroit Chapter (first woman in the history of the Chapter to hold that position), Regional Vice-Chair of Research Promotion, and at the Society level on the Program Committee, Course Development Committee, and Professional Development Committee for which she serves as the current Chair. At the local level, she has been involved in the organization of the Seminars on Sustainability Conference – SOS for the Environment committee since its inception in 2005. This conference is held annually on the campus of Lawrence Tech and was the first regional conference designed to share best practices for a sustainable built environment.
A certified trainer for ASHRAE Energy Standard 90.1, Prof. Walters has been a contributing and/or corresponding member of ASHRAE's Technical Committees including TC1.7 on Business and Legal, TC9.7 on Educational Facilities, and TRG4 on Sustainability Metrics & const. In addition, she has served as a reviewer and facilitator for the development, production and presentation of several courses by various authors including Energy Management for Existing Buildings, Leadership and Project Management & Sustainable High Performance HVAC Design for Buildings. She is currently working with others in the society to create a series of courses to support the current ASHRAE Certifications and the launch of a comprehensive course offered at the ASHRAE Learning Center in Atlanta, entitled “HVAC Design Engineer Boot Camp”. Ms. Walters serves as a liaison for a course on Building Operations and Maintenance and Energy Audits for Existing Buildings, currently under development.
Having served on the board of the National Society of Architectural Engineers (NSAE), the predecessor of the current Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) an institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Ms. Walters was invited to join the Academic Council of AEI, a group comprised of department heads, chairs and directors from Architectural Engineering programs around the nation. The group shares best practices in academic rigor and is responsible for reviewing and recommending academic program criteria modifications to the accrediting body for engineering programs, ABET. She also serves on the national conference committee and is a technical reviewer for peer papers. AEI serves as the leading organization for professionals and students in the design of the built environment.
Prof. Walters is active in the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), and has served as a mentor to middle school students participating in the Future City project. She is the current vice-chair of the Affiliate Council, a council comprised of the leading engineering professional organization chapters in the south east Michigan area.
In her community, Ms. Walters as an active member of the Parent Teacher Association, and contributed to the city's school buildings facilities master plan. She served as an Exploring Post leader for the Boy & Girl Scouts of America and actively speaks at K-12 career fairs to encourage students to pursue careers in math, science, architecture, and engineering.
In 2009, Ms. Walters was invited to participate in an ESD Institute’s Symposium on the creation of a new model for building a lean, green high school and for delivering Science, Technology, Engineering, ‘Architecture’ and Math (STE’A’M’s) education as a college-bound experience to high school students in Detroit. The vision includes a building that would serve as an educational opportunity, and for students to earn early college credit.
With a bachelor’s of science degree in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University, a master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Global Business from Lawrence Technological University, Ms. Walters brings engineering expertise, innovation in design, leadership and collaboration for optimized, integrated building design and management to Lawrence Tech’s Architectural Engineering curriculum.
Ms. Walters enjoys traveling and has acquired basic skills in Urdu, Farsi, Hindi, Arabic and French.