Dr. Blake Wentz has been named chair of the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering, effective Fall 2014. Wentz joined the faculty at MSOE in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He has a Ph.D. in Construction Management from Indiana State and his areas of specialization are construction law and mechanical systems.
Since 2008, Wentz has served as the construction management program director at MSOE. He is the faculty advisor for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter, whose competition teams have qualified for the national finals several times, winning the national title in 2011 and 2013. They were finalists in 2012 and 2014.
Wentz was named the Educator of the Year for 2008 by Wisconsin Builder Magazine, was the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) National Educator of the Year in 2010 and was named MCAA Educator of the Year in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he was the AGC Associate of the Year. He is also involved in consulting activities and has been an expert witness for construction legal disputes as well as being a keynote speaker for various organizations and is an instructor for the AGC of Wisconsin’s Leadership and Business Management program, teaching the ethics component of that course. Wentz is a co-author of a textbook on Construction and Engineering Law that was released in 2013 in which he authored the ethics chapter of the book.
Currently, Wentz is serving as the owner’s representative for the MSOE Tower Apartments construction project. The student residence tower is slated to open this fall and features studio and 1- and 2-bedroom apartments for upperclassmen and graduate students.
Prior to becoming a college professor, Wentz owned and operated his family’s mechanical contracting business, Wentz Plumbing and Heating, in Lincoln, Neb.
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and 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 96% 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.