Originally published January 24, 2012

Congratulations to MSOE’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter. They are one of four finalists in the MCAA Student Chapter Competition. More than 30 universities from across the nation submitted entries. Teams had to design the plumbing systems for the Asian Art Museum in California and develop a project plan, price and schedule for all of the mechanical work in the building.

MSOE’s team will travel to Orlando, Fla., in March to present their proposals at MCAA’s national convention. They are the defending national champions, and the only team from last year’s final four to make it into the final competition. This year they will face Illinois State, Sacramento State and Southern Polytechnic Institute.

Samantha Pekarscik (MCAA student president), Amanda Heller (MCAA student vice president), Julie Burg, Brittany Campos, Dan Hosko, Michael Olk, Ben Sprecher and David Taylor will give a 15-minute presentation and answer questions in front of a panel of mechanical contractors and conference attendees.  Blake Wentz, assistant professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, is the group’s advisor.

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.