Michael has many years of experience building and testing robots that operate in the most extreme environments on Earth. Along the way he has led complex software-development efforts and directed several intense field expeditions. In January 2000, he was awarded an Antarctic Service Medal for work on a meteorite-hunting robot in Antarctica. Between 2003 and 2005, he spent over six months wandering the Atacama Desert in Chile to test an autonomous life-seeking robot.

Since 2006, Michael has served as special faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he creates new technologies that make robots smarter and safer. In 2014, he formed Edge Case Research, LLC a company that strives to make complex software more robust for clients in numerous industries.

Outside the world of robotics, Michael is an avid music lover and a clumsy guitar player. He previously served on the boards of the Brashear Association and Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.