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2016-2017 President Wentz to Retire

2016-2017 President Wentz to Retire from Nebraska after 25 Years of Dedicated Service

From eSociety, December 2018

After “exactly 25 years” of serving in the University of Nebraska’s College of Engineering, Tim Wentz, P.E., HBDP, Presidential/Life Member, is retiring.

Wentz served as the 2016-2017 ASHRAE President and is the chair of the Society’s nominating committee this year.

Tim Wentz

His connection with Nebraska and the HVAC&R industry has deep roots. Wentz is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, and his great grandfather started a heating and plumbing business in Lincoln in 1908.

Wentz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1975 and with his Master of Business Administration from the university in 1976.

After graduating with this mechanical engineering degree, Wentz worked for the family company. His work duties called for him to deploy his management skills such as project coordination and management on design-build projects such as hospitals, factories and other industrial projects.

Wentz caught his teaching break when a professor asked if he would guest lecture a 50-minute class. He would continue to guest lecture and teach a class as an adjunct. When a faculty member left before the 1994 spring semester, Wentz stepped in as a part-time lecturer.

He is retiring as an associate professor of construction management.

During his teaching career, Wentz served in various roles such as the interim department chair and interim program chair. He has been awarded the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s Educator of the Year three times, the ASHRAE’s E.K. Campbell Award of Merit in 1999 and has won other university and college awards.

Wentz was also a partner in the invention of a motorized insulated damper assembly for furnace systems (Patent No. 6,213,117.)

He has taught courses ranging from Introduction to the Construction Engineering to upper-level courses such as mechanical-electrical project management, professional practice and ethics, building benchmarking and disclosure and professional trends in design/build.  

In addition to his dedicated service to Nebraska, Wentz’s service in ASHRAE has ranged from being the ASHRAE Nebraska Chapter’s education representative to serving as the Society president. He took a two-year leave of absence from the university to serve as the Society’s president-elect and president.

Wentz is officially retiring in January.

Read the full article from the University of Nebraska.