O.P. Kretzmann Award
recognizes alumni for long-time and exemplary service as a University employee.
William J. Schoech ’66 earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University. In 1970, he joined Valparaiso University as an instructor in electrical engineering, having completed a Ph.D. in industrial engineering with a focus in manufacturing science from Purdue University. He has taught and mentored students in the College of Engineering for 39 years. Throughout his lengthy Valpo career, he has assumed responsibilities for the manufacturing portion of the mechanical engineering curriculum, served as the department chair, chaired the Valpo Committee on Academic and Professional Standards, and chaired the Student Academic Fair Practices Committee. As a member of the University computer committee he was instrumental in the College of Engineering’s development of computer graphics capability. He also co-organized and co-chaired the Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Minor for business and engineering students. He is a registered engineer in Indiana and a life member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Church and community service also play a large role in his daily life as he is active in Rebuilding Together, Missions Builders and in his church. William and his wife, Susan, live in Valparaiso.