Jonathan Dang, a junior at Indiana State University, has been awarded the Foster McCarl Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The national scholarship honors Foster McCarl Jr.’s many contributions to advancing the mechanical contracting industry, including his efforts toward establishing what is now known as the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF).
Dang is the president of the MCA of Indiana-sponsored student chapter at Indiana State University, where he is pursuing a degree in safety management with a construction management minor.
Asked about his interest in the industry, Dang explained, “Unlike other fields, there is always a high demand in the mechanical contracting industry. One of the biggest appeals is the fact that the mechanical industry is not afraid to invest in students and our futures.”
During his three years as a student chapter member, Dang has attended the MCAA Annual Convention and both the 2018 and 2019 Great Futures Forum. He also learned how to estimate and build a schedule and picked up valuable life skills, such as team building, how to communicate with teammates and being bold to get things done.
In 2017, Dang worked for MCAA member company Sycamore Engineering as a safety intern and a member of the preventative maintenance team. He has since accepted a full-time position with Freitag-Weinhardt Inc. in Terre Haute, Indiana. Dang will join the company after he graduates in December 2020.
“I look forward to learning about new technologies and how to incorporate them into the industry in order to make the work place a safer environment and maximize profit,” Dang said.
MCAA and the John R. Gentille Foundation congratulate Dang on this distinguished scholarship and on finding his great future in the mechanical contracting industry.