Michael is a PhD Candidate in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science (EAPS, Course 12) at MIT, pursuing a PhD in Atmospheric Science. His research is supported by NASA and is connected to the MIT Center for Global Change Science and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
He is a co-founder of the baseball toolBOX (www.btoolbox.org) research venture, which aims to use analytical methods from fields such as atmospheric science and electrical engineering to discover actionable insights in baseball physics/mechanics, player development, and scouting/evaluation.
He has served as the President of the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC) in 2015-2016, and has served as the inaugural MIT GSC University Liaison in charge of facilitating cross-university collaboration with other graduate student governments and organizations. More recently, he has initiated a strategic plan for making permanent the benefits to MIT graduate students associated with the new GSC Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee. His motivation in public service is connected to nearly everything he does, from working to improve graduate student welfare to advocacy on science policy and climate-related issues.
In his limited spare time, he follows his hometown baseball team, Kansas City Royals, and plans to see a game at all 30 MLB parks before finishing graduate school (16 down!).