I am new around here so go easy on me :) this question is directed at anyone with experience with graduate studies in the US.
A little background information about myself: I am wrapping my up my M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering in Germany and currently applying for a PhD in a well-known US University. I already did my GRE and TOEFL and have gathered all 3 Letters of Recommendation in time for the December deadline for start in Fall 2020. Regardless of my chances of getting in, I want to give it my best shot.
I have been told that in the US, it is very common or even expected for prospective PhD students to introduce themselves to their Professor before applying. I have been told that not doing so may even be interpreted as lack of interest on my part.
So the question is: is this true? Should I write my Professor an e-mail and introduce myself and tell him I am applying?
I would be extremely thankful for any advice or insights you can give me, as I kind of have no idea how such things work in the US!