Michael is a second-year graduate student at Colorado State University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Student Ambassador for the Energy Institute. His current research focuses on engineering process modeling of microalgae-based biofuel production systems and corresponding sustainability analysis, including Life-Cycle Analysis and Techno-Economic Analysis. Additional research interests include other sources of renewable energy production and alternative transportation, specifically wind, solar and electric vehicles. Other interests include business, entrepreneurship and public policy. Michael completed his undergraduate degree at CSU in mechanical engineering and spent three years in industry working for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa before returning to graduate school.