Major: Mechanical Engineering
Michael was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where he grew up hiking, hunting, fishing, and in the words of his father, building character. As a result he developed a passion for exploring nature, fueling an interest in Space exploration which ultimately led him to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga University.
Spurred by a desire to play an active role in the application of exciting new technologies and scientific innovations, Michael joined the ESTEEM Program after graduating in May of 2016. For his capstone thesis he will be working in conjunction with NORDAM Aerospace Company to investigate the technical capabilities and market viability of advanced coating techniques for aircraft transparencies.
In his fleeting moments of free time, Michael is an aspiring guitarist and pianist. After ESTEEM he plans to pursue a career in Aerospace Engineering in the hopes of furthering humanity's presence in Outer Space.