PULLMAN, Wash. — Michael V. Prentiss, chairman of Prentiss Properties Trust, will give an overview of the real estate industry in the United States and discuss how he applied his engineering and business degrees from Washington State University to become a national leader in real estate investment at the 2002 Cheatham Lecture.

The event is planned for 4 p.m., Sept. 26, in WSU’s Todd Hall, Room 276. A reception will follow.

Forbe’s Magazine has called Prentiss “one of the country’s major real estate powers… who has an instinct for spotting the key that makes a deal go.’’ A WSU alumnus (civil engineering 1966, business administration 1972), Prentiss established his Dallas-based company, which owns 18 million square feet of office and industrial properties and leases and manages 20 million square feet of office space in core markets around the United States. He has worked with some of the top architects in the country to develop prime properties.

During the lecture, Prentiss will also share the details of his career path since his graduation from WSU.

The Robert A. Cheatham Engineering Management lecture series was established to honor the late Robert A. Cheatham, a devoted WSU alumnus and a key player in the establishment of the WSU Foundation. Cheatham was an engineer and corporate manager with the Bechtel Corporation. His heirs established the lecture series as a way to bring in the most prominent engineers and/or executives to lecture on engineering management and the business aspects of engineering activities.