Mike Jurgensen (Mechanical Engineering)


After graduating from Ole Miss in 1974, Mike served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for six years flying the C141A/B. He then worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a research and development engineer and later at Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a project engineer. In 1985, he returned to flying at Federal Express, flying and serving as a technical pilot on the DC-10, MD-10, MD11 and B777F.

He retired from Federal Express in 2011, but returned on a limited basis, again as a technical pilot for the B777F, the same job he had before retiring. His responsibilities include acting as a company pilot representative to the aircraft manufacturer on pilot-related issues, interfacing with the manufacturer on design-related issues, producing manuals for flight crew members, answering questions for other parts of the company that are involved with the aircraft, the integration, testing and documentation of new pilot-related equipment installed onboard the aircraft, and acting as a resource for the discussion of the acquisition of additional aircraft.”

Jurgensen is married to the former Cindy Sharp, who attended Texas Tech University. The couple has three daughters who graduated from Ole Miss: Carrie Anne (BSME 05), Cathleen (BAEd 08) and Cassie (BSN-RN 11). Jurgensen’s hobbies include working on cars, antique firearms, fishing and international outreach through his church.