Professor, Baja SAE Faculty Advisor
Dr. Ken Means is the Faculty Advisor of the WVU Baja SAE Team.
Ph.D. West Virginia University, 1973
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 1967
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1964
Dr. Means began his career at West Virginia University in 1981. He has been the Faculty Adviser for the WVU Baja SAE team for since 1986. During his tenure as Faculty Adviser, the WVU Baja team has won the competition four times and finished in the Top 10 more than 20 times.
Dr. Means also runs the Projects With Industry program, leading teams of WVU mechanical engineering students tasked with evaluating state industries, schools and other entities to assess and improve efficiency and productivity. Student participants provide a free service and gain practical experience in engineering design.
He has been recognized internally for outstanding teaching nine times at WVU and has also served as the faculty adviser to multiple WVU student chapters of national engineering societies, further promoting student leadership. Outside of the classroom, he has also taught seminars on the current West Virginia building energy code and on energy-use best practices to state architects and engineers across the state.
Dr. Means has been appointed to the state on the West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers by three different governors. He has administered registration exams for engineers in West Virginia and served on both the National Committee for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and the Governor’s Energy Task Force.