The University of Michigan Aerospace Department is proud to announce the creation of the Annual Mart Stenzel Staff Dedication Award in honor of U-M Electrical Technician Mart Stenzel.
Martin Paul Stenzel, the son of Juanita and Paul Stenzel, was born on July 25, 1960 in North Plymouth Township. He passed on April 15, 2015 on the job in the University of Michigan’s Francois Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace building. From a young age, Mart possessed a love for aviation and tinkering, as his friend Dan Sabo recounts:
“Mart, Ron [another friend] and I were the average small town nerds – loved flying RC Planes, tinkering with projects to build, making things… I recently learned from his sister that Mart was planning to build a solar powered bicycle. That was Mart – nothing changed in that regard.”
Mart was a compassionate man and dedicated steward of the University of Michigan. His sister Paulette reflects on a life driven by a diverse set of passions:
“Mart loved all things related to aerospace from the time he was a small child and was so happy at his final position at the University of Michigan in Aerospace. He sent me frequent emails about his passions including preventing mountain-top mining, the reasons to stop fracking, preserving the rainforests, caring for dogs, and musical events… I miss you.’
The University of Michigan Aerospace Department remembers Mart and his lasting contributions to our community.