Mike grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and knew engineering was the right fit when he was building bridges and catapults out of LEGO. At Missouri S&T he graduated magna cum laude with a major in Nuclear Engineering, minoring in Mathematics and Material Sciences. While at Missouri S&T he was involved in Engineers Without Borders and the annual giving department – helping to raise money for engineering departments at the university. He performed undergraduate research investigating neutron and x-ray imaging for industrial and medical applications, including breast cancer screening and oral cancer early detection.
Mike is currently pursuing his PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, having completed his Master’s in May 2016. His research involves leveraging computational fluid dynamics simulation to improve nuclear reactor safety and economics. Mike has worked as an engineering researcher at Pennsylvania State University and at TerraPower LLC.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys photography, running, and exploring the great New England scenery.