Michael first developed his data crunching chops as an undergraduate at Auburn University (War Eagle!) where he used a number of different statistical techniques to investigate various aspects of salamander biology (work that led to several publications). He then went on to earn a M.S. in evolutionary biology from The University of Chicago (where he wrote a thesis on frog ecomorphology) before changing directions and earning a second M.S. in computer science (with a focus on intelligent systems) from The University of Texas at Dallas. As a Software Engineer at Red Hat, Michael is constantly looking for ways to use the latest and greatest machine learning technology to improve and optimize business strategy.