Michael joined California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) in 2014 as Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Information Technology and Mechatronics Engineering. His vision is to build a world-class department where cutting edge research is put at the service of students and community. His Ph.D. is from the University of Toronto, and he was chair of Computer Science at McMaster University (2001-2014), an Ulam professor at the University of Colorado Boulder (2007-2008), a visiting scholar at UC San Diego (2013), authored two books, and published over 60 research papers. He specializes in Algorithms, Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing.
In the field of Algorithms, Michael’s Ph.D. thesis (2001) is in the area of Complexity Theory, under the supervision of Professor Stephen Cook. Michael is also the author of “An Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms” 3rd ed. In Cybersecurity he consults with the industry, in particular the SoCal High Technology Task Force (HTTF), the Navy, through a fellowship with the Office of Naval Research, and Ventura County IT companies. In Cloud Computing, as an AWS Cloud Ambassador, he is establishing a partnership between AWS (Amazon Web Services) and CSUCI. He is also a certified instructor in AWS technology.