Michael is a Wisconsin native whose interest in astronomy began when he worked at his high school's planetarium.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Master of Science in Physics with a concentration in Theoretical Astrophysics from Michigan State University.
He now serves as the Head of Astronomy at Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Through his position at Cranbrook, Michael has been involved with nearly every facet of astronomy education from implementing teacher workshops, teaching Master of Science Education courses in astronomy and writing/producing planetarium programs.
Michael is State Chairman of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association and a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, the International Planetarium Society, the Warren Astronomical Society, and the American Astronomical Society.