Craig Aldrink

Part-Time Professional MBA
Graduate Student Ambassador

Craig Aldrink

Hometown

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Why did you choose Daniels?

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to do a study abroad program at the University of Manchester.

Previous Education

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to do a study abroad program at the University of Manchester.

Pre-Grad School Experience

Aerospace Engineer, Northrop Grumman 2018-2022
Right out of school I got my first job at Orbital ATK working on rockets in Phoenix, Arizona. Within three days of being at the company, it officially merged with Northrop Grumman. After a couple of years in my initial role, I joined a rotation program exposing me to more roles and experiences in the company. I stayed with the company for just over four years.

Aerospace Engineer, Blue Origin 2022-present
In July 2022, I accomplished two personal dreams by moving to Denver and starting work at Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos’ space company). I am currently happily employed by Blue Origin, working on a moon lander with the goal of getting humans to live and work in space for the benefit of Earth.

Post Grad School Goal

I am pursuing an MBA degree with the intention of becoming an engineering manager. I would like to continue to stay close to the technically difficult and unique problems that engineering tackles. An MBA degree exposes my career to the world of business. The Professional MBA program at Daniels allows me to chase my near-term goals while opening the door for future opportunities.

Hobbies

Like any good Coloradan, I enjoy being in the mountains skiing and hiking. I also enjoy playing tennis at a semi-competitive level. I keep up with college football and the English Premier League, though I am cautiously optimistic as a Michigan and Tottenham fan. When time and finances allow, I enjoy traveling and exploring different cultures. I love a good meal and enjoy trying out new recipes. I also have a bad habit of picking up any hobby I find interesting and fun.