" It was the encouragement of my instructors and professors, and the challenges given in the curricula that prepared me to be an excellent professional.

David
Rengifo

Pilot Captain
Peruvian Airlines (Peru)

Major: Aeronautical Science
Graduated: 2007


How would you describe your LETU experience?

David Rengifo of Trujillo, Peru, earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science degree in 2007 from LETU and today is a pilot captain of a Boeing 737 flying for one of the most important airlines in Peru.

“My education at LeTourneau has given me the tools to operate a passenger jet in challenging airports here in Peru,” he said. “Many times I asked myself if I had what it takes to be a good pilot or to have a career as an airline pilot. It was the encouragement of my instructors and professors, and the challenges given in the curricula that prepared me to be an excellent professional. It has opened doors to sharing what I learned with others who like me have a passion for aviation.”

Rengifo said he appreciated the hands-on education experience at LETU.

“Nothing is more satisfying than solving the puzzle of the Mr. B´s blue boxes!" he said, "It helped me develop my analytical thinking. Furthermore, having an engine run on the first attempt—and within the tolerances given by the manufacturer—is another experience I will never forget, especially because we had to take it apart and then put it together. Both classes helped me gain confidence to know that with hard work and persistence, one can achieve anything in life.”

Rengifo said he grew spiritually as a student at LETU.

“My spiritual growth while at LeTourneau was incredible,” he said. “I still remember that on the very first class, the first thing our professor did was to open the Bible and share a devo with us. Every class after that, having those first five or ten minutes were refreshing, learning to put God first in everything we do. Additionally, having the professors live the faith in their teachings has helped make the connection that my spiritual life and my secular job are not two different things, but my performance in my job is just a mere reflection of my relationship with God.”