Maverick was the 500th roller coaster that Werner Stengel helped to engineer. Born in 1936 in Germany, Stengel started designing roller coasters with Anton Schwarzkopf in 1963, but just two years later, he formed his own engineering company. Stengel Engineering, known as Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH in German, has collaborated with the majority of roller coaster manufacturers. His company has worked on over 700 roller coasters and amusement park rides and specializes in the design of dynamically highly-loaded structures. They calculate strength and fatigue aspects of steel and wood coasters, as well as predict the accelerations imposed on passengers and the corresponding loads placed on the ride vehicles and structure. Now in his 80s, Werner Stengel has retired, but his company continues to work with a variety of manufacturers such as: Bolliger & Mabillard, Gerstlauer, Intamin, Mack, Maurer Rides, Premier Rides, Schwarzkopf, Vekoma, Zamperla, and Zierer.
©2017 by Joel A. Rogers.