Amazing individuals, great company, incredible work.

Mike Brandes

Design Engineer


University of Notre Dame

  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering


What inspired you to pursue structural engineering?

Growing up in New Jersey, my family and I often visited New York City; I was always amazed by the view of the skyline we saw driving into the city. That amazement translated into an interest in the individual structures, which continued into college where I decided to pursue structural engineering.

Building stronger communities:

Why did you choose to join Schaefer?

Schaefer designs a wide variety of projects. While my two degrees give me a great educational base, the diverse project portfolio gives me the opportunity to continue to learn about the complexities of the design process for all different types of structures.