2012 LVPSPE Engineer of the Year:  Dwayne R. Schantz, P.E.

This award recognizes a PSPE member who has made significant achievements in the area of: professional society activities; civic, fraternal, religious or humanitarian activities; professional and/or technical publications, papers, or patents; and the field of engineering during their professional career.

Dwayne Schantz, PEDwayne R. Schantz, PE is currently Product Development Manager for FLSmidth Inc, in Bethlehem, PA.

Dwayne started with Fuller Company (later acquired by FLSmidth) in 1980 in the Allentown manufacturing plant. FLSmidth is the leading supplier of complete plants, equipment and services to the global Minerals Processing and Cement industries. During his career, Dwayne has specialized in heavy equipment machine design for these industries.

Following completion of an A.A.S. in Civil and Construction Technology from Lehigh County Community College, he began course work at Lafayette College's evening program. As Dwayne progressed in his knowledge and abilities, he transferred to the Kiln Product Engineering Group working on cement and paper pulp kilns, working on new machines, modifications, repairs and refurbishments. Dwayne graduated from Lafayette College with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1990, and moved to the Milling Product Group.

Dwayne worked with various mill designs and different machine groups such as FRM Mills, OK Mills, and Roller Presses. He had the opportunity to travel extensively for FLSmidth to over 20 countries during the proposal and contract negotiation phases, assisting in erection of the equipment, teaching maintenance procedures, trouble shooting operation, and following up with customers to ensure the equipment continued to meet operational expectations. Dwayne led the OK Mill product line as Chief Engineer during a major redesign project to improve cost effectiveness, reduce weight, improve grinding efficiency, and reduce power usage.

Presently, Dwayne is manager of the Product Development Department in the FLSmidth Bethlehem office. He and his department have the responsibility to design new equipment to meet the strategic needs for FLSmidth. He has been granted one patent and currently has six patents pending.

In 2010, Dwayne received his MBA with a concentration in Management of Technology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

He has been active in the community in a number of areas. He has served as a member of the property committee at his church, and has coached and assisted in Southern Lehigh Youth Sport Programs for soccer, softball, and wrestling. Dwayne has served as a team captain for the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life and the Arthritis Foundation's annual Jingle Bell Run, and has served as the event chair for the Jingle Bell Run. Dwayne has given numerous career presentations at area middle and high schools for the Learning for Life program of the B.S.A. Minsi Trails Council Career Exploration Program, exposing students to and encouraging them to explore engineering as a career path.

Dwayne resides in Coopersburg with his wife Nancy. They enjoy spending time with their Daughter, Son-in-Law, and Granddaughter.