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John (Ed) Steigerwald is an Assistant Professor and former Dean of the school of Aviation at Middle Georgia State University (MGA). He holds an ATP certificate and five type ratings along with CFII – MEI. Included in his 13,500 flight hours is 4,000 as an instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner in the L-39, a tandem seat jet fighter-trainer.

Prior to joining MGA he owned an FBO and served as Chief pilot for a scheduled airline operating under Part 135 DOT operational authority. His prior business career spans two decades as CEO of a DOD Navy contracting firm working on Nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines. His 500 employee company worked across the USA and at sea.

He attended Towson State University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Aviation Technology from Thomas Edison State College and obtained a Master’s of Science degree from American Military University in Space Studies with a concentration is Aerospace Science. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Southwest Bible College and his doctorate is from Northcentral University in Engineering and Technology Management.

He and his wife, Ute, live in Florida and Georgia to spend time with their six children and two grandchildren.