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Michael Bonnici

Michael preparing to go skydiving.Mike Bonnici is a Master's candidate in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. His reserach interests include systems engineering, sonic boom minimization, and fluidic thrust vectoring. A copy of Mike's resume can be downloaded here.


  • MS, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Dec 2013 (exp)
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 2012

Research & Work Experience
May 2012 - Present: Research Assistant
Busemann Advanced Concepts Laboratory, University of Colorado, Boulder
Research assistant working on fluidic thrust vectoring.

Jun 2012 - Present: Systems Engineer
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Systems engineer for secondary commercial payload to study Earth's atmosphere via radio occultation. Working to design a cost-effective, ESPA sized spacecraft. Developing and managing requirements, completed PDR and System Verification and Validation Plan. Lead the design of a propulsive analysis and managing the development and collaboration with a commercial vendor.

Aug 2011 - May 2012: Project Manager
FENIX Project, Senior Design Course, University of Colorado, Boulder
Project manager of an eight person team to develop a fluid injection system for mini-jet engine nozzle for a customer. Created a Preliminary Design Document, Critical Design Document, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Final Report, Interim Reviews, and interface control documents. Developed multiple designs with trade studies and analysis. Created a Risk Analysis and Risk Schedule system to track and monitor project risks. Assisted in the development of a verification and testing plan. Completed quantitative testing and verification of requirements.

Selected Awards

2012 - 2nd Place AIAA Region V Conference
2012 - Dean's list, University of Colorado
2007 - Boys State Delegate
2006 - Eagle Scout 


  • University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band (2008 - 2012)
  • Boy Scouts of America (96+ volunteer hours)
  • CU Skydiving club (2008 - 2012)
  • CU Racquetball club (2008 - 2012)