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Michael Aehle

Michael Aehle

AAS Meramec 1975
BSEd Southeast Missouri State University 1979
MAT Southeast Missouri State University 1983

Office Location: HE208
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 8-11 and 2-4

Teaching: Computer Aided Interior Design, Computer Art Studio, Engineering Drawing, Descriptive Geometry, and Technical Illustration.

Professional Organizations: Missouri Community College Association (MCCA); National Education Association (NEA); Society for Technical Communication (STC)

Having completed an Associate of Applied Science in Technical Illustration at Meramec in 1975, Mike Aehle is no stranger to the campus. Following his studies at Meramec, he worked for several years in various technical publications departments as a technical illustrator including Emerson Electric, McDonnell/Douglas, and Unidynamics in St. Louis.

Mike Aehle began his teaching career as a graduate student at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in 1980 where he had just completed a Bachelors Degree (1979) in Education. During that time, the advisor/professor that he was to work with during his graduate assistantship, unexpectedly resigned, left SEMO and took a job at a university in Idaho. Because of his professor's departure, Mike suddenly found himself teaching courses at the college/university level. He was later offered a teaching position at Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) teaching courses in the Construction and Design program. After three years at TRCC and completing a Masters Degree in Teaching, Mike accepted a teaching position with St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley to coordinate the Technical Illustration (TI) Associate Degree program. In 1989 Mike was transferred to the Meramec campus to coordinate the TI program that was combined with the Florissant Valley program. Since his arrival at the Meramec campus he has worked his way up to the rank of Professor.

During his 28+ years of teaching community college students, he is consistently regarded by many students a one of the best teachers they have ever had. Professor Aehle recalls being called into the office of his department chair to talk about his student evaluations. The department chair started out by saying that he had never seen student evaluations with numbers like this. Of course, Professor Aehle was worried by this and thought that the evaluations were low. Actually they were just the opposite. His department chair went on to explain that he had never seen student evaluations with numbers as high as those from Professor Aehle's students. His patience, teaching ability, and willingness to work with students have placed many of his students in sustainable careers.

Currently Professor Aehle is teaching an AutoCAD course for students in the Interior Design program and also Computer Art Studio, a fundamentals course taken by many art students and required for the Graphic Communication program.
When not teaching, Professor Aehle enjoys playing music with various groups in St. Louis and surrounding states. He has recorded several CD's and been called in for studio work on various other local recording projects. Most recently he was selected to play the sound chip that was placed in animated stuffed toys distributed nationwide through several major department stores.