Who am I?

By Andrew C. Wendland

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A Short Bio

I was born on Easter in 1972, the first child for my parents, Eduard and Sonja.  My sister, Doris, was born the following year.  Growing up in Westland, Michigan, between Detroit and Ann Arbor, I had a pretty normal childhood, doing the typical things that kids do.  I enjoyed playing sports with my friends, playing with my Star Wars action figures, swimming in our pool, biking all around, hiking in the woods, and doing whatever.  When I was ten years old, I started learning to play the violin.  It was around this time that I really started getting into rock music as well.  My favorite band back then was Rush.  I was introduced to their Moving Pictures album, which is still my favorite.  Music has always been very important to me.

I continued playing the violin through junior high and high school and really enjoyed being a part of the orchestra.  It helped me develop my musical skills and senses.  During my high school years I listened to a lot of rock music and formed my love for this genre.

After graduating from John Glenn High School in 1990, I attended the University of Michigan - Dearborn where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree.  I also was a co-op employee for TRW during my junior and senior years, working on electronic airbag control modules.

In 1995, I was hired by Chrysler as part of the Chrysler Institute of Engineering program.  This program allowed me to do six rotational assignments, each four months long, in various areas (departments) within the company.  This gave me a broad experience within the automotive engineering environment.  In 1997, I earned my Master of Science in Engineering degree from UM-D.

Today, I am a Product Engineer for Chrysler LLC.  I've seen many changes over the years and have worked on several programs.  Currently, I work on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Commander.  Specifically, I work on the instrument clusters, which contain the gauges, telltales, and warning/information displays.  I enjoy my job and am very grateful to be doing what I'm doing.

In 2004, I met my future wife, Stase, at a church function.  Having proposed on 16.4.2005, we got married on 11.11.2005.  Marriage is a wonderful thing when you find the right person.  I am very fortunate to have found the right one.  I also enjoy being a dad to my 5-year-old step-daughter who is really sweet and talkative. 

Admittedly, I'm not much of a writer.  I have more to say, but is anyone listening?  I may update this short bio from time to time, as I think of topics to share.  Now, you have a glimpse into my world...the world of a guy who claims that a few select bands write their music to movies intentionally.  Does anybody agree?

Enjoy the syncs,