Michael graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he received a BS in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. After school, he got swept up in the dot-com boom and swept out after it burst. He joined the Dataverse team in June 2007 as a contractor, then was hired full time to IQSS in April 2008. Surfcasting for striped bass from the beaches of New England occupies much of his free time.