Nate Barry named Outstanding Educator at national builders show

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Nate Barry was given the Outstanding Educator award at the recent National Association of Home Builders show in Las Vegas.

An assistant professor of industrial technology, Barry has worked at UNK since 2008.

Nate Barry WebBarry was honored at the NAHB International Builders’ Show for his voluntary extracurricular activities, including those with construction industry organizations, as well as his construction experience and professional initiatives.

“Nathan demonstrates a dedication to the field of teaching and helping students achieve their very best at the University of Nebraska, Kearney,” said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB.

Sponsored by Delmar Cengage Learning, the award recognized Barry’s work in encouraging high standards in teaching construction education.

In addition to his teaching and research, Barry volunteers as a recruiter, traveling to high schools to present students with opportunities for the building industry.

“I have observed precious few that have the ability to motivate and relate to students as he does,” said UNK colleague Ken Larson, industrial technology professor.

Barry’s areas of expertise include energy efficiency and green and sustainable building practices. He teaches courses in construction management, technology and democracy, scheduling, control systems and others in construction education.

Some of Barry’s recent professional community service has included serving on boards and committees such as Kearney Area Builders Association, Associated Schools of Construction, Associated General Contractors – Nebraska Building Chapter and Nebraska Energy Code Compliance Collaborative.


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,

Contact: Nate Barry, assistant professor industrial technology, 308.865.8733,

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