I’m Mike Stengel, and I’m currently an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Aerospace Engineering. I come from eastern Pennsylvania, where my parents raised me, my brother, and my three sisters.
I have been interested in transportation throughout my whole life, but aerospace is where I’ve been able to apply myself the most. I took my first flying lesson on my 12th birthday, and have since acquired my Commercial License, Instrument Rating, and Flight Instructor certificates. I went to Michigan knowing that I wanted to study Aerospace Engineering, and have had a blast there. I currently work part-time for ICF SH&E (formerly AeroStrategy LLC), where I also interned in the summer of 2011. While there, I’ve conducted research on various aspects of the industry, from military markets to commercial maintenance and overhaul. I also interned with United Airlines at their San Francisco overhaul facility in the Powerplant Engineering department, where I worked on the auxiliary power units and main engines for the entire fleet. I plan on graduating from Michigan in December 2013.
The goal of this blog is to provide a view of what is currently happening in the aerospace industry, and of course I plan on backing up my views with concrete data. I feel that I can provide a good perspective with my experience as a pilot, engineer, and industry analyst. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of my current employer.