Michael is an ethicist, engineer, writer, artist, educator, and concerned citizen based out of Pittsburgh, PA. He received his PhD from CU-Boulder's Department of Computer Science in Fall 2017. His thesis focused on the use of socio-technical narrative as a way of communicating, comprehending, teaching, and debating the ethics of new and near-future technologies. His research spans topics such as design fiction, technology ethics, fair machine learning, classroom design, engineering ethics pedagogy, futures, and risk. His work has been featured in top computer science publications, and major media outlets. In the past he has completed projects for Fast Forward Labs, University of Wisconsin, Knight Foundation, Google, Inclusive Design Insitute, and Ars Electronica.
Michael also currently serves as the executive director of Community Forge, holds an appointment as Special Faculty of Computing Ethics at Carnegie Mellon University, and is on the board of the Partnership for Advancing Responsible Technology (PART).