Originally published March 25, 2013

For the second year in a row, Blake Wentz, MSOE assistant professor and construction management program director, received the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) Educator of the Year Award. Wentz is also the MCAA Student Chapter advisor at MSOE, and guided the team to a first place finish in the MCAA Student Chapter Competition.

MCAA President Mac Lynch and Career Development Committee Chairman Troy Aichele presented the award 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. Wentz’s outstanding abilities are revealed in the success of the MCAA Student Chapter at MSOE, which won the 2011 and 2013 MCAA Student Chapter Competitions and was a finalist in 2012.

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 about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.