MSOE professor named Educator of the Year
Blake Wentz, assistant professor and construction management program director in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, received the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) 2011 Educator of the Year Award. Wentz is also the MCAA Student Chapter advisor at MSOE.
MCAA President Mark Rogers (left) and Career Development Committee Chairman Brett Christiansen (right) presented the award to Wentz (center) at MCAA’s annual convention. The committee chose Wentz for his mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and active participation in Student Chapter Program activities. Perhaps the best proof of his outstanding abilities is the success of the MCAA Student Chapter at MSOE, which won the 2010-2011 MCAA Student Chapter Competition and made the finals for this year’s competition.
MCAA serves the unique needs of approximately 2,500 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping and mechanical service. MCAA provides members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau.
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with 2,500 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, health-related engineering, computer, business and nursing fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; extremely high placement rates; and the highest starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.