Michael's current responsibilities are to provide leadership in the development of young STEM educators for the future of our profession and conduct research on learning, cognition, and instruction in engineering and technology education. In that capacity, he heads the university’s engineering science BS program that provides students with a concentration in engineering education. A graduate of the University of California in Educational Psychology, his research is focused on the study of cognitive process and complex classroom interventions associated with achieving scientific and technological literacy through engineering content. He has published over 33 journal manuscripts, 10 book chapters, one edited book, and made over 67 national and international presentations in more than nine countries. In December of 2000 he was awarded the manuscript of the year award by the peer review board of the Journal of Industrial and Technology Education.