Michael W. Zinn

Title: Aerospace Engineer

Location: La Plata, Maryland, United States

Michael W. Zinn, Aerospace Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aerospace engineering.

Mr. Zinn grew up watching the World War II TV show, Black Sheep Squadron, which informed and inspired his interest in the aerospace industry. What has ensued is a career spanning several decades. Some of his most important work as an engineer includes his work on aging surveillance programs for expendable gas turbine engines on aging properties of expendable engines and solid propellant gas generators. He assisted in new predictive techniques for ordinance surveillance and assessment and assisted in design of mine clearing line charge solid propellant rocket motor. Mr. Zinn is also an expert on small expendable gas turbine engines.

To prepare for a career in the industry, Mr. Zinn earned an AA from Charles County Community College in 1983 and then a Bachelor of Science from Tri-State University in 1986. He began working for the Naval Ordinance Station in 1986 as a mine decoy engineer. He continued at the station as an airbreathing propulsion engineer. Following this, he served as an airbreathing propulsion engineer for the Air/Cruise Missile Branch of the Naval Surface Warfare Center from 1992 to 2005. He then served as a quality evaluation engineer at the center until 2008 and was then promoted to his current ranking as a senior ordinance assessment engineer in 2008.

A highlight of Mr. Zinn’s career is that he has traveled extensively. He has traveled to 44 of the 50 states, as well as five countries. Another highlight is that he was involved in meetings with the Australian government and he met a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout the years he has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations. He served as the webmaster for the Charles County Darts Association from 2003 to 2011. He is a life member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Defense Industrial Association and is a member of the Cruise Missile Association and the International Pyrotechnics Society.

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