About Me

A little bit about what I have been up to, or there is also my CV or resume.

Education

University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Seattle, WA
PhD in Earth and Space Science, 2009 - 2014
Thesis: Source, propagation, and effects of lightning in the Earth-ionosphere system

University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Physics, Santa Barbara, CA
BS in Physics, 2005-2009

B Edinburgh University, Department of Physics, Edinburgh, Scotland
Study Abroad, 2007-2008

Positions

January 2016 - Present: Microsoft, ASG Shared Data - Data Scientist
July 2014 - January 2016: RootMetrics, Modeling and Theory Group - Statistical Analyst
2009 - 2014: University of Washington, Space Physics Group - Predoctoral Research Associate

Research Workshops

NASA/JPL Planetary Science Summer School (12 - 16 August 2013)
Taking Remote and In-situ Data to Explore Neptune and Triton (TRIDENT)

Past and current committees and volunteer positions

College of the Environment Student Advisory Council to the Dean (2013 - present)
Graduate and Professional Student Senate (2010 - present)
GPSS Judicial Committee (2011 - present)
Earth and Space Sciences Curriculum Committee (2012 - present)
Earth and Space Sciences Research Gala Committee (2011 - 2012)
Space Faculty Search Committee (2011 - 2012)
Graduate Program Review Committee (2010 - 2011)
NASA's University Student Launch Initiative (Rocket Launch), UW Science Team Lead, (2010 - 2011)

Awards and Grants

GPSS Travel Grant, 2012
University of Washington, Graduate and Professional Student Senate

Best in Space Physics, 2012
University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences Research Gala

Stephens Graduate Student Fund and the Dr. & Mrs. H. A. Coombs Scholarship (Goodspeed Geology Scholarship), 2012
University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Winglee Award: Best Space Physics Oral Presentation, 2013
University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences Research Gala

Best Space Physics Presentation, 2014
University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences Research Gala

Teaching

ESS 205: Access To Space (Spring 2013)

ESS 205 is a course designed to introduce students from all fields to the process of space science experimentation. The class builds students up from Ohm's Law through oscillating circuits with the goal of building a small balloon payload that is launched at the end of the quarter. You can watch a short promotional video for the class on YouTube.

As a TA for the course I led lab sections, graded, and directed students through their group projects. To increase course organization I reformatted and version controlled the written labs to LaTeX. I also mentored an undergraduate teaching assistant throughout the quarter.

Student Reviews

"The class was excellent. Keep being amazing Michael. You made the lab bearable."
"Thank you, I had an absolute blast! PS You drive like a maniac."
"I learned a lot about circuits and got great hands on experience through the lab. This is one of the best labs I have ever had."
"Hands-on, laid back teaching style. You have been the best TA I have had so far at UW."
"Michael is cool."
"Solid labs, good explanations."