Faculty Education, Grants & Awards

Colleges and universities continually struggle with providing high-quality education and have been forced to search for innovative ways to keep educational programs viable. MCERF is pleased to be able to address this need by supporting education, grants and awards, specifically for academic leaders.

FACULTY TRAINING CAMPS
MCERF underwrites MCAA’s participation in the Mechanical Electrical Academic Consortium, or  MEAC, an alliance of academic institutions, industry associations, contractors, foundations and manufacturers. Through this alliance, MEAC provides annual intensive education for the academics who teach mechanical systems and/or construction management courses. These camps offered since 2005, provide knowledge in mechanical systems to academics with a background in engineering or related disciplines. This industry-specific training, in turn, helps them better teach the subject matter to undergraduate students, thus nurturing the students’ interest in our industry.

Each camp is held in cooperation with a college or university construction program, ranging from 15-20 attendees a year, and six to eight academics and contractors provide the instruction. Funding covers participants’ hotel costs, instructors’ travel and hotel costs, meals, meeting facility fees and supplies. 

The camps, which are typically three to four days in length, offer curriculum in plumbing systems and codes, isometric drawings, estimating plumbing and mechanical systems, Building Information Modeling, air conditioning systems and components, duct sizing, mechanical properties, testing and balancing, temperature controls, system commissioning, teaching methods, mechanical laboratory exercises and resources. For more information about MEAC, please contact Blake Wentz.

Faculty Continuing Education Grant

These grants encourage MCAA members to employ college or university faculty on a part-time basis by subsidizing the faculty member’s salary. By working in our industry, faculty gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that students may face and are thus better prepared to advise them. This industry experience also helps faculty to better teach mechanical subject matter, so the students coming out of their classes are better prepared to excel in our industry. 

Suggested Areas of Assistance:

  • Provide project management, estimating, scheduling, and proposal preparation assistance
  • Develop specific case study(s) relevant to the sponsoring company
  • Develop and/or assist with training programs and materials

APPLY NOW

All applications due June 1 to info@mcerf.org.

Educator of the Year Award

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes MCAA student chapter faculty advisors for serving as advisors, educators, and mentors of students who plan to develop a professional career with the mechanical construction industry. This $5,000 award honors the involvement and engagement of our industry’s academic leaders.

APPLY NOW

All applications due December 16 to Harlee Gallo Mooney.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Year Educator of the Year Recipients University
2002 Tim Wentz University of Nebraska – Lincoln
2003 Daryl Oath Purdue University
2004 Tim Wentz University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2005 Mostafa Khattab Colorado State University
2006 Greg Baker Oregon State University
2007 Keith Rahn Illinois State University
2008 Mike Feutz Ferris State University
2009 John E. Schaufelberger University of Washington
2010 Mike Feutz Ferris State University
2011 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2012 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2013 Daphene Koch Purdue University
2014 Maureen Weidner Kennesaw State University
2015 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2016 Mostafa Khattab, Dennis Pettitt, Colorado State University Colorado State University
2017 Brad Perkins Iowa State University
2018 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
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Congratulations to our four finalists for this year’s Student Chapter Competition: Ball State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can see the final four teams compete at MCAA2020 on Monday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from these students’ insightful approaches to a real-world contracting bid!

Andrew Nguyen has accepted a summer internship with MCA of Metropolitan Washington (MCAMW) member The Bowers Group, also known as W.E. Bowers. Andrew is a junior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, studying Building Construction. He shared that, “…attending The 2019 Great Futures Forum was my first experience with MCAA and my golden ticket into the mechanical contracting industry.”

MCAA congratulates Paige Theby, a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia, for graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and accepting a full-time position with Murphy Company. Paige reflects on her experiences and how MCAA, the MCA of Eastern Missouri, and her student chapter and internship experiences helped her find her GreatFuture!

Caleb Kowalski, an MCAA Student Chapter member, shares the opportunities and internship experiences he has received with the support of MCAA and MCA-Omaha. Caleb says, “since joining MCA-Omaha, I have had opportunities that I never thought were possible, and I know this is the industry for me.”

Kathy Deng, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Southern California, a past MCAA student chapter member and a current Design Engineer at Murray Company reflects on her experiences in college and how MCAA and CPMCA helped guide her to her career path.

The MCAA Student Chapter Competition received 33 submissions from chapters. This year’s project details were generously provided by Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corporation of Fresh Meadows, New York. The students have been tasked with developing a proposal to be the prime contractor on a chiller and cooling tower replacement project in the Penn South building in New York City. The Final Four will be announced by Friday, January 17. The Final Four teams will compete at MCAA2020 on Monday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.