Maj. Paul Weskalnies received the Professor Ezra Kotcher Award.
Maj. Paul Weskalnies received the Professor Ezra Kotcher Award. This award is given in recognition of an individual who made significant contributions to curriculum development within AFIT. The award is named in honor of Col. Kotcher, the first director of AFIT and an aeronautical engineer who worked on inflight fueling and directed the development of the X-1 and X-2 jet planes. Weskalnies is an instructor in AFIT’s Civil Engineer School teaching courses on mechanical systems and energy management. In 2019 he transformed the school’s six-week distance learning heating, ventilation and air conditioning design course by using virtual reality to introduce students to facility systems. He also expanded the use of online seminars to create student activities and provided a question and answer forum to deepen student learning.