Stress analyst / Author
Stephan (Stef) has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He has worked for many companies and in many engineering departments besides the stress department like: Liaison, Design and Project. He believes that in order to become a complete engineer, one has to preferably touch a little bit at all the facets of engineering. Holding a wrench or installing a few rivets also helps in getting in touch with the real thing.
Stef probably moved more often than most people with an average of about 2 years at each location. However, this is the price to pay in working for the most renown companies in the world that are located thousands of miles apart. To name a few, he worked at The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, Gulfstream and more.
“Writing is definitely a big part of being an aircraft stress engineer. Stress reports, test plans, loads reports, E-mails/letters to colleagues and vendors are all documents that an engineer typically produces. Over the years, I realized that a good practical aircraft stress analysis guide book based on real hands-on experience could be helpful to the new generation of engineers (and possibly to the older one as well…). Then it came to me that becoming a full time writer wouldn’t be something much different than what I had been doing and that I could also use that skill to share the expertise gained during all those years.
Enjoy the reading!” – Stef