Tim Wentz

Tim Wentz

Tim Wentz
Contact Information:
113 NH
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-3737
Email   
Professional Memberships:

Associate Professor
Inventions/Patents
  • Spring Semester 2001
    Partner in the invention of a mechanical device called "Modamp" submitted to and approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Patent No. 6,213,117.
Courses Taught


Experience

Teaching Experience:
    University of Nebraska
  • Construction Communication II (CNST-102) 1995
  • Introduction to Construction (CNST-131) 1994 to Present
  • Physical Environmental Systems I (CNST-305) 1994 to Present
  • Problems in Construction (CNST-398) 1994 to Present
  • Mechanical-Electrical Estimating (CNST-405) 1994 to Present
  • Professional Practice and Ethics (CNST-420) 1994 to Present
  • Construction Specifications II (CNST-252) 2001
Teaching and Administrative Experience:
  • August 2002 - Present 
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 
    Position:
     Associate Professor Department of Construction Management
    Courses: Mechanical/Electrical Estimating, Professional Practice and Ethics, Introduction to Construction, Physical Environmental Systems I, Problems in Construction, Construction Specifications II
  • July 2004 to July 2006 
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln Nebraska
    Position: Interim Program Director Construction Management Program
    Duties: All aspects of managing and leading the program, including the setting of budgets, monitoring accounts, recruiting, assigning courses, evaluation, interfacing with upper administration and networking with industry.
  • January 2003 to July 2004 
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln Nebraska

    Position: Interim Department Chair
    Construction Management Department
    Duties: All aspects of managing and leading the program, including the setting of budgets, monitoring accounts, recruiting, assigning courses, evaluation, interfacing with upper administration and networking with industry.
  • August 1996 to August 2001
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln Nebraska

    Position: Assistant Professor
    Department of Construction Management
    Courses: Mechanical/Electrical Estimating, Professional Practice and Ethics, Introduction to Construction, Physical Environmental Systems I, Problems in Construction, Construction Specifications II
  • January 1994 to July 1996
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

    Position: Instructor
    Department of Construction Management
    Courses: Mechanical/Electrical Estimating, Construction 
    Communication II, Professional Practice and Ethics, 
    Introduction to Construction, Physical Environmental Systems I
Construction Experience:
  • 1976 to 1994 
    George H. Wentz, Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska
    Position: Vice-President
    Responsible charge for mechanical design, management, 
    and coordination for commercial projects such as hospitals, 
    factories, and other industrial projects.
Consulting:
  • Summer 1996 to Present 
    Consulting mechanical engineer for various architectural and design/build contractors firms throughout Nebraska
  • Summer 1995 To Present 
    Expert witness in court and arbitration cases involving construction contracts, practices, and design criteria.
Licenses and Registrations:
  • Registered Registrations
    Professional Engineer in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
  • Licensed Master Plumber and Master Heating Contractor
    City of Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-AP) Accredited Professional, issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • High-performance Building Design Professional (HBDP), issued by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Professional Memberships:
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning
    Engineers (ASHRAE)
    • Nebraska Chapter positions held:
      • President
      • President -Elect
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer
      • Board of Governors
      • Student Activities Chair
      • E-Week Chair
      • Faculty Advisor
    • Regional Positions
      • Regional Chair
      • Regional Vice-Chair for Student Activities
      • Regional Webmaster
    • National Positions
      • Member, Board of Directors
      • Member, Student Activities Committee
      • Chair for Student Competition Subcommittee
      • Chair for Post High School Subcommittee
      • Chair, Subcommittee on Certification in Sustainability
      • Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in K-12
      • Vice-chair, Committee on Certification
    • Mechanical Contractors Foundation, Board of Trustees
    • American Institute of Constructors (AIC)
    • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
    • Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors of Nebraska (PHCC)
Acadmemic Service:

University:
  • 2002 to 2005
    University of Nebraska Teaching Council
  • 2002 to 2004
    Chancellor's Taskforce on Student Retention
  • 2002 to 2005
    University's 'Focus on the Faculty' task force
  • 2000
    Participant in the "Conversation on the Dimensions of Teaching" sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the Academic Senate.
  • 1997 to Present
    Participant in Teaching and Learning Center's 'International Teaching Assistant's (ITA) Institute.
College:
  • Fall 2003
    Elected chair of the Dean's taskforce on creation of a School of Architectural Engineering and Construction.
  • Fall Semester 2000 to 2007
    Appointed Chair of Course and Curriculum Committee for 
    College of Engineering and Technology.
  • Spring Semester 1999 
    Appointed Chair of Student Learning Assessment Committee. Developed and implemented college wide Student Learning Assessment Form currently used throughout the College.
  • Fall 1997 to Present 
    College Space Committee
  • Fall 1996 to Present 
    Recruitment and Outreach Committee
  • Summer 1995 to Present 
    Participated in the "Take a Parent to Lunch" program representing the College of Engineering and Technology Recruited at area high school and community college career days, speaking on careers in construction management and engineering.
    Appointed to Mechanical Shop Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Fall 1997
    Participant in Distinguished Scholars Day
Departmental:
  • Spring 1998 to Present 
    Member, Journal of Construction Education Editorial Board. Reviewer of papers, Associated Schools of Construction, Proceedings of the Annual Conference.
  • Spring 1998 to 2000 
    Appointed as chair, Department of Construction Management Curriculum Committee
  • Spring Semester1995, 1996 & 1997 
    Competition Coordinator for Region IV of the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition. Coordinated all aspects of the competition for 12 universities. Competition held at Nebraska City, Nebraska.
  • Spring 1995 To Present 
    Faculty advisor for the Student Chapter for Mechanical-Electrical Specialty Contracting (MESC). The MESC, the first of its kind in the United States, is co-sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Mechanical Contractors Association of American (MCAA) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Professional Service:
  • 2000 to 2006            
    Mechanical Contracting Foundation Board of Trustees. Serving as Academic Representative.
  • 2000 to Present            
    City of Lincoln, Nebraska Task Force on Licensure, Registrations and Permits for Pressure Piping.
  • 2000 to Present            
    Instructor, National Education Institute (NEI) for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.
  • 2001 to Present           
    Instructor, Institute of Project Management (IPM) for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America
Teaching Evaluations:
  • Overall teaching evaluation scores have ranged from the low 4's
    to the high 4's on a 5 point scale (1 = low, 5 = high)

Funding

  • 2008-2009
    Mechanical Contractors Education and Research Foundation. The grant submitted, entitled 'Integrating RFID into a BIM Environment for Mechanical Contracting', is designed to study the potential of integrating RFID databases within a BIM program, such as Revit, by Autodesk. The grant was submitted for $83,800. Dr. Zhi-gang Shen, Prof. Tim Wentz, Dr. Erick Jones, Dr. Terry Stentz. [Grant under review].
  • 2004-2007
    Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) 'Chapter of Excellence' grant. This grant, totaling $16,000, recognizes excellence in student chapter performance and management. The grant is divided into two parts; one for scholarships and the other for recruitment of new students.
  • 2007-2008
    Mechanical Contractors Education and Research Foundation. The grant, which was entitled 'Study on the impact of RFID on mechanical Construction' was funded to study the potential of RFID technology to track tools and equipment on a construction site. The grant was for $50,000. Dr. Erick Jones, Dr. Terry Stentz, Prof. Tim Wentz
  • 2006-2007
    Nebraska Department of Roads. The grant, entitled 'Performance Based Incentives, studied the effect of incentives on contractor payments in the heavy/highway segment of the construction industry. Grant was for $30,108. Dr. Wayne Jensen, Prof. Bruce Fischer and Prof. Tim Wentz.
  • 2005
    Mechanical Contracting Association of Omaha/National Electrical Contractors of Nebraska, The grant called for the study of construction permits in Douglas and Sarpy county over a two-year period in order to determine current market share and to provide a baseline for future studies. The grant is in the amount of $20,500. Dr. Terry Stentz and Prof. Tim Wentz.
  • 2005
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln 'Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence' grant. The grant, entitled Team Learning Assessment in a Multi-disciplinary Course, is in the amount of $4,506. The grant pays for the research into team-based learning and also provides wages for four undergraduate students to help implement a service-learning project into a multi-disciplinary course.
  • 2004
    Grant, in the amount of $5,000, issued by Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) to write curricula and coordinate national 'Project Performance Conference'. Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2003
    University of Nebraska 'Programs of Excellence' grant to support 
    the formation of the new School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The renewable grant, in the amount of $200,000 per year for a minimum of five years, is to be used to support the hiring of the new Director of the School.
  • 2002
    Advanced Peer Review Grant awarded to five select University of Nebraska professors who were Peer Review graduates from the fall semester of 2001. The grant, in the amount of $500, was awarded to the University of Nebraska through the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • 2001
    Peer Review Grant awarded as a part of a yearlong fellowship to 
    develop and document teaching. The grant, in the amount of 
    $1,500, was awarded to the University of Nebraska through the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • 2000
    Proposal to upgrade instructional equipment for the enhancement
    of teaching courses in electrical systems. The College of Engineering and Technology awarded this new equipment grant, in the amount of $20,167.04. The grant was co-written by Dr. Terry Stentz and Dr. Charles Berryman.
  • 1999
    Grant to implement Service Learning in the Mechanical
    Electrical Estimating (CNST-405) course. The Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning awarded the grant in the amount of $4,410.00.
  • 1997
    Grant to develop and implement experiments and
    demonstrations to illustrate the fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) using the HVAC Working Laboratory. Grant in the amount of $2,880 awarded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • 1997
    Co-Investigator with Max Kirk, Associate Professor, of a 
    $7,952 grant for the documentation and reporting of Subsurface
    Utility Engineering (SUE) project administered by the U. S. 
    Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
  • 1996
    Proposal to develop and implement a working laboratory to be used to teach the fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC). Grant in the amount of $3,950 awarded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:
  • Fall Semester 2007
    Jensen, W., Fischer, B. and Wentz, T. (2007) "Post-Design LEED Certification for Commercial and Residential Structures", International Journal of Construction Education and Research, Vol. 3, Issue 2, p. 109-121.
  • Fall Semester 2006
    Jensen, W., Fischer, B. and Wentz, T. (2006). "Performance Based Contracting for Highway Construction and Maintenance". Journal of American Institute of Constructors
  • Fall Semester 2004
    Berryman, C., Fischer, B., and Wentz, T (2004). "Distance 2004 Education with Internet2 Audio/Video Technology". International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 9, (2)
  • Spring Semester 2003
    Berryman, Charles, Fischer, Bruce, Wentz, Tim and Noble, Michael (2003) Distance Education with Internet 2 Audio/Video Technology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems in Engineering and Construction, Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • Spring Semester 2000
    Morse, Julia, Wentz, Tim and Sires, Tom (2000) Applying Effective and Efficient Grading Techniques in the Engineering and Technology Classroom. Proceedings of the 35th Midwest Section Conference of the American Society of Engineering Educators, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • Fall Semester 1998
    Wentz, Tim and Alter, Kirk (1998) Developing a Laboratory for Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Courses. Journal of Construction Education, 1998, Vol. II, No. 3, pp. 244-253. 
  • Wentz, Tim and Kirk, W. M. (1997) Cognitive Learning Styles Of Engineering and Technology Students: Keys to Effective Leadership and Management. Proceedings of the 32nd Midwest Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. University of Missouri
  • Spring Semester 1996
    Wentz, Tim, El-Wahed, W. F., and Khattab, Mostafa (1996). Multi-Criteria Expert System for Selecting an HVAC System. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Midwest Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. University of Tulsa
  • Fall Semester 1996
    Wentz, Tim and Kirk, W. M. (1996) Teaching Critical Thinking in an Estimating Course. American Institute of Construction Journal "The American Professional Constructor", Volume 21, Number 1
Books, Texts and Articles:
  • Spring Semester 2006 
    Wentz, Tim, and Crosby, Kathy, Co-Editors, Project Managers 
    Manual, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, 2006
  • Spring Semester 1999 
    Wentz, Tim (1999) Joining Hands with Fellow Societies to Build the Future. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers "Insights", May 1999, Volume 14, No. 5, page 5.
  • Spring Semester 1997 
    Wentz, Tim (1997) Plumbing Systems: Analysis, Design, and
    Construction. Prentice-Hall Publishing Co. Upper Saddle River,
    New Jersey, ISBN 0-13-235284-2.
Featured Course Profile:
  • 2007 
    Wentz, Tim. "2005 Course Portfolio for ARCH 333/CONST 305 Building Environmental Technical Systems," highlighted in Chapter 7 (Obtaining Useful Inquiry Results, But More Data Is Needed) of Making Teaching and Learning Visible: Course Portfolios and the Peer Review of Teaching, by P. Savory, A. Burnett, and A. Goodburn (ISBN: 978-1-933371-25-2), pp. 107-121. Boston: Anker Publishing, 2007.
  • 2006 
    Wentz, Tim "2005 Course Portfolio for ARCH 333/CNST 305: Building Environmental Technical Systems I." Highlighted in Inquiry into the Classroom,: A Practical Guide for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, by Paul Savory, Amy Goodburn, and Amy Burnett Nelson. Boston: Anker Publishing, 2007.

Recent Presentations

  • October, 2008 
    'High Performance Alternatives: An Economic Approach', Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Heartland Regional Conference, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • October, 2008 
    'Mechanical Strategies for High-performance Buildings', Mechanical Contractors Association of America's (MCAA) National Student Summit, Omaha, Nebraska
  • October, 2008
    'High Performance Alternatives: An Economic Approach', Mechanical Service Contractors Association (MSCA), National Education Convention, San Antonio, Texas
  • August, 2008
    'The Anatomy of a Construction Claim', ASHRAE Region IX Chapter Regional Conference (CRC), Denver, Colorado
  • June, 2008
    'High Performance Estimating', Strategic Estimating Conference, Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), Indianapolis, Indiana
  • October, 2007
    Construction Financial Management Association Heartland Regional Conference, The Anatomy of a Construction Claim,
    Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • September, 2007
    'Catching the Next Wave: MCAA Green Opportunities Conference', the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Conference moderator and presenter.
  • April, 2007
    Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium annual conference, Estimating Mechanical Construction II and Planning and Scheduling Mechanical Construction II, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • February, 2007
    Mechanical Contractor's Association of America's 116th Annual Convention, Finding, Hiring and Managing Young Professionals and Interns, Orlando, Florida
  • September, 2006
    Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education 3rd Annual Conference, Applying a Service-Learning Project to a Multi-Disciplinary Course, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • November, 2006
    Mechanical Contractors of Canada's 65th annual National Conference, Recruiting Tomorrow's Leaders Today, Coco Beach, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • June, 2006
    Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation's (CMCEF) Middle Management Education Conference, Bidding and Building in an Overheated Market, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • June, 2006
    Mechanical Contractors Association of America's (MCAA) Strategic Estimating Conference, Identifying Project Risk versus Company Risk, Cleveland, Ohio
  • October, 2005
    International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) entitled, The Peer Review of Teaching Project: Promoting Teacher Scholarship and Leadership, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • October, 2005
    Project Performance Conference sponsored by the Mechanical Contracting Association of America. Presentation entitled, Business Risk: The Go/No Go Decision. Chicago, Illinois. Conference moderator and presenter.
  • 2001 to Present
    Faculty member of the Institute of Project Management (IPM) of 
    the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). 
    Provide seminars on construction claims and claim avoidance to project managers held at the University of Texas.
  • 2000 to Present
    Faculty member of the National Education Initiative of the 
    Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). Provide seminars on high-performance/green construction, construction claims, claim avoidance, documentation, and design-build contracting across the United States.
  • Summer, 2004
    Project Performance Conference sponsored by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. Presentation title:Change Order Strategies for Escalating Material Costs. New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference coordinator and presenter
  • Spring, 2004
    Making Learning Visible: Peer Review and the Scholarship of Teaching. Presentation title: Peer Review in a Large Class, Multi-disciplinary Format. Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Spring, 2004
    Canadian Mechanical Contractor's 'Middle Management Education Conference'. Presentation title: Jobsite Documentation. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Fall, 2003
    13th Annual Fall Campus Workshop for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Presentation title: Writing Measurable Learning Objectives. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Fall, 2002
    Focus on the Faculty Forum. Presentation title: Large Class Strategies. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Summer, 2002
    Seminar at Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Mid Year Education Conference. Seminar title:'Documentation: Where Good Management Meets Common Sense'. Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Summer, 2001
    Seminar at Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) Annual Education Conference. Seminar title: 'Small Project Management' Dana Point, California
  • Spring, 2001
    The Development of the College of Engineering's Student Learning Assessment" at the program assessment workshop entitled "Program Assessment Made Meaningful: Selected Models of Success" sponsored by the Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Summer, 2000 Fall, 1999
    Seminar at Mechanical Contractors Association of America 
    (MCAA) Mid Year Education Conference. Seminar title: 'Claims Avoidance Through Forensic Contracting'. Boston, Massachusetts
    Seminars at Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors (PHCC) 'Managing P-H-C Projects Course'. Invited by Purdue University, the host institution. Seminar titles: Project Cash Flow Tools and Techniques and Changes in Scope Management. West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Spring 1999
    Panelist at Mechanical Contractors Association of America's (MCAA) national conference. Panel discussion title: MCAA Student Chapters and Your Future Workforce. Orlando, Florida
  • Fall 1998
    Co-Presenter at Fall Conference of the Nebraska Chapter American Public Work Association, Nebraska Section American Water Works Association and Nebraska Water Environment Association. Title: Sub-Surface Utility Engineering. Kearney, Nebraska
  • Spring, 1997
    32nd annual Midwest section conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Title: Cognitive Learning Styles of Engineering and Technology Students: Keys to Effective Leadership and Management. Columbia, Missouri 32nd annual Midwest section conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Title:
    Developing a Laboratory for Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Courses. Columbia, Missouri
  • Summer, 1996
    National Conference and Educational Workshop for the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA). Title: Teaching Critical Thinking in an Estimating Course. Orlando, Florida
  • Spring, 1996
    31st annual Midwest section conference of the 
    American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Title: Multi-Criteria Expert System for Selecting an HVAC System.Tulsa, Oklahoma

Inventions and Patents


  • Spring Semester 2001
    Partner in the invention of a mechanical device called "Modamp" submitted to and approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Patent No. 6,213,117.

Awards and Honors


  • 2008
    'Holling Family Distinguished Teaching/Advising/Mentoring Award. College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2006
    'Eminent Engineer' designation by Tau Beta Pi, Nebraska Alpha Chapter.
  • 2005
    'Hall of Honor' award from Region IX of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • 2005
    Named 'Fellow' by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in recognition of innovations and creativity in engineering and mechanical contracting education.
  • 2002 & 2004 
    National 'Educator of the Year', awarded by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • 2004
    College of Engineering and Technology Student Advisory Board (CETSAB) 'Outstanding Advisor' award.
  • 2000, 2001, 2003,2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008 
    Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, awarded 
    by UNL Parents Association and the Teaching Council. Nominated 
    by parents after requesting their sons and daughters to identify a teacher who "has made a significant contribution to their lives while at UNL".
  • 2001
    Ray Dunbar Memorial Award, presented by the Nebraska Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air- Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in recognition as their "Volunteer of the Year".
  • 2000
    E. K. Campbell Award of Merit, awarded by the American Society 
    of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). This international award is presented to one ASHRAE member a year for outstanding service and achievement in teaching.
  • 2000
    Second Place-Technology, for the paper submitted to the 35th Midwest Section of the American Society of Engineering Educators.
  • 1999
    'Professor of the Month' at the University of Nebraska, awarded by the Black Masque Chapter of Mortar Board.
  • 1999
    Regional Award of Merit, awarded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • 1999
    Henry Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering and Technology, University of Nebraska
  • 1998
    Faculty Service Award, College of Engineering and Technology, University of Nebraska
  • 1998
    Certificate of Appreciation, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE) recognizing service as President of Nebraska Chapter.
  • 1998
    Region IX 'President of the Year", American Society of Heating, 
    Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • 1996
    Sigma Lambda Chi, National Honorary for Construction Management.
  • 1996
    First Place, Outstanding Paper in Engineering Technology, presented by the American Society for Engineering Education
  • 1987
    ASHRAE Energy Award for the design of an energy efficient chiller replacement project.
  • 1974
    Pi Tau Sigma, National Honorary for Mechanical Engineers

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