Tim Wentz

Tim Wentz 

Tim Wentz
Contact Information:
113 NH
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-3737
twentz1@unl.edu
Email   
Professional Memberships:
ASHRAE
MCAA

Associate Professor
  • M.B.A. University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1976
  • B.S.M.E. University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1975

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 and Administrative Experience
August 2002 - Present University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
Position: Associate Professor Department of Construction Management
Courses: Mechanical Estimating, Professional Practice and Ethics, Introduction to Construction, Physical Environmental Systems I (Mechanical), Problems in Construction, Construction Specifications II, Professional Trends in Design/Build, Building Benchmarking and Disclosure, Senior Construction Projects (Capstone), Mechanical-Electrical Project Management
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 and Wyoming.
Licensed Master Plumber and Master Heating Contractor
City of Lincoln, Nebraska
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-AP) Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (BD&C), 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)

 


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:
  • Spring Semester 2014
    Montgomery, Ross; Wentz, T. (2014) 'Putting bEQ into Practive', ASHRAE Journal, May, 2014, Vol. 56, Number 5, p. 62 - 70.
  • Fall Semester 2012
    Shen, Z.; Jensen, W.; Wentz, T.; Fischer, B. (2012), "Teaching Sustainable Design Using BIM and Project-Based Energy Simulations",  Educ. Sci. 2012, Number 2, p. 135-149. 
  • Fall Semester, 2010
    Jensen, W., Fischer, B., and Wentz, T., (2010) “A performance-based Incentive Program for Flexible Pavement”, Journal of the American Institute of Constructors, Vol. 33, Number 3, p. 7-18 
  • Fall Semester, 2009             
    Jensen, W., Fischer, B., and Wentz, T., (2009) “Proposed LEED Credit for Electrical Load Shedding”, Journal of Greenbuilding, Vol. 4, Number 3, p. 121-134 
  • Fall Semester,  2008
    Jensen, W., Fischer, B., Wentz, T. and Camara, Germano, (2008)  2008, “A Proposed LEED Standard for Indoor Acoustical Quality”,  Journal of Greenbuilding, Vol. 3, Number 1, p. 93-101
  • 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

Seminars and Presentations



1998 to Present           

Presented over 110 presentations, workshops, seminars, webinars and keynote addresses at International, national and regional conferences, conventions and meetings. Topics include:

  • Solutions for Optimizing High-performance Buildings, National Environmental Balancing Bureau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2013)
  • The Future of our Industry: ASHRAE’s Role, keynote address at conferences in Denver, Dallas and Lincoln (2013
  • Avoiding Claims in Construction, Austin, Texas (2012)
  • ASHRAE’s New Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) Building Labeling Program, national webinar, (2012)
  • Estimating Mechanical Construction, Scheduling Mechanical Construction and High-Performance Contracting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2012)
  • Client Decision Making: Pathway to Higher Profits, Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska (2012)
  • The ASHRAE Certification Program: Here to Help You, Chicago, Illinois (2012)
  • Introducing Students to Integrated Project Management, Lincoln, Nebraska (2011)
  • Navigating the Recovery: Strategies for Success, Indianapolis, Indiana (2011)
  • Net Zero Energy Buildings: What is in ASHRAE’s Future?, Chicago, Illinois and Lincoln, Nebraska (2011)
  • Strategies for Identifying Risks with LEED Projects and Strategies for Improving Performance Through Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (2011)
  • Improving Return on Investment Through Scope Enhancement, Maui, Hawaii (2011)
  • Optimizing Project Productivity, Lincoln, Nebraska (2010)
  • Opportunities in Net Zero Energy Buildings, national webinar (2010)
  • The Brace Lab Project: A Design/Build Competition Based Upon Energy Efficiency, Chicago, Illinois (2010)
  • Zero Emission Buildings: Australia and the U.S., Maui, Hawaii
  • The Dark Side of Green: Risks and Pitfalls in High-Performance Contracting, Omaha, Nebraska (2010)
  • Mixed Mode Ventilation: Opportunities in Net Zero Energy Buildings, San Francisco, California
  • Go/No Go Decision Making, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2010)
  • The Risky Side of LEED: or How to Lose a Lot of Money Without Even Trying, Lincoln, Nebraska (2010)
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage on High-Performance Buildings, national webinar (2009)

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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