Michael is an Assistant Professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
While in THIRD Lab, he was a Computer Science Ph. D. student in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech (VT). He is an affiliate of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at VT. Michael was advised by Deborah Tatar. . Michael is interested in the relationship between intimacy and shared experience, which he is studying through designs for co-experience or co-consumption of media.
Michael has a M.S. in Computer Science, also from VT. For this work, he studied the effects of varied user interface transparency in a Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) application on individuals’ contributions to co-located group work.