On even-numbered years, ASPE inducts a new class of members into the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows–the Society’s highest honor. ASPE Fellows have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry and shall retain the designation FASPE as a lifetime honor.
To be nominated, a candidate must have been a member of ASPE for a minimum of 20 years and be nominated by another member. Self-nominations are not allowed.
The ASPE Fellows program is operated and administrated by a Fellows Program Committee made up of members of the College of Fellows. In selecting Fellows, the Fellows Committee shall evaluate the significant and exceptional contributions of each nominee. Emphasis shall be given to service to ASPE. Other criteria to be considered shall include, but not be limited to, ASPE Chapter and Society growth; ASPE Chapter and Society leadership; technical and practical research in the field of engineering with an emphasis on plumbing engineering and design; engineering technical accomplishments by or for ASPE or other related organizations (as evidenced by publications, awards, or similar); intellectual and leadership contributions in the advancement of education programs for the profession and industry; championing and adoption of local, state, or federal legislation, including codes; and advancements and contributions in the theory or practice of plumbing engineering, design, contracting, or manufacturing, including education and academia.
About Kenneth G. Wentink
Kenneth G. Wentink became a member of ASPE in 1969, and early on he became involved with the Society by becoming a chapter officer. In 1986, Ken was the president of the Chicago Chapter and was also the chair of the Society’s 10th Anniversary Convention in Miami. In 1986, Ken was first elected to the ASPE Board of Directors as its 1986-1988 Vice President, Membership. He was again elected to be the 1988-1990 ASPE Vice President, Membership and moved up to be the 1990-1992 ASPE Vice President, Legislative. For 1992-1994, Ken was elected to be the ASPE Vice President, Technical, and for 1994-1996 and 1996-1998, Ken was President of the Society. With 12 years of service, Ken is one of the longest-serving board members.
In 2000, Ken Wentink became a member of the ASPE Research Foundation and served for two four-year terms. He was President for six of those years. He also remained fully active in the Society as a member of the Society’s Certification Committee. Ken received many awards during his 39-year tenure with the Society, including many of the most prestigious the Society confers: the Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and the Donald F. Dickerson Founders Award in 2004.
In April 2008, Ken Wentink passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, following a long battle with leukemia. At the time, Ken was employed by Cosentini and Associates as a Vice President. He served in the Army and was a Vietnam veteran.