Michael received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering (1999) from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas (2006) under his advisor, Professor C. Grant Willson. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor George M. Whitesides at Harvard University (2006-2008). He is currently an assistant professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State. His research interests include unconventional nanofabrication, thin films, patterning, and soft materials (e.g., liquid metals, polymers, gels). He received the NSF CAREER award in 2010, Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award in 2011, Alumni Association Oustanding Teacher Award in 2012, Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Award in 2012, NC State Faculty Scholar in 2012, and ASEE New Faculty Research Award in 2013. He is the proud father of two daughters (Aliyah - born in 2008, and Emmy - born in 2010).