Michael was born in Rome, NY and was valedictorian of his graduating class at Rome Catholic High in 1987. He graduated from Clarkson with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and then joined the Air Force Research Laboratory. Michael went on to earn an MS degree from the University of Virginia and a PhD from Cornell University. His wife Gina is also a 1991 graduate of Clarkson University with a degree in Electrical Engineering; they have two children, Michael and Lindsay. Michael is a 2017 graduate of Clarkson with a double degree in Finance and Political Science. Lindsay is a college sophomore. They currently reside in Clinton, NY.
Michael has been with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, NY at the former Griffiss Air Force Base since 1991. He spent the first 16 years of his career as a research engineer working in the field of photonics. During this time Michael was the author of several journal articles and conference presentations. In 2007 he became the chief of the 'Emerging Computing Technology' branch also at AFRL. As the chief he was responsible for 20 scientists and engineers and started several new programs in the fields of neuromorphic, quantum and nano computing. In 2011 Michael was named the chief of the 'Computing and Communications' division at AFRL. He is now responsible for 140 scientists and engineers and an annual budget of nearly $200 million.
Michael has coached several youth sports in Clinton, NY and the surrounding community including basketball, baseball, soccer and football. He continues to serve as an assistant basketball coach with the Clinton high school varsity boys’ basketball team. He is also actively involved with the Leadership Mohawk Valley organization. Michael and his wife both recently completed their term on the Clarkson Parents Committee and are actively involved with the Mohawk Valley chapter of the Clarkson alumni organization.