Michael investigates how operations research (OR) can improve the management of businesses, NGOs, and public utilities in low- and middle-income countries. As an OR practitioner, he hopes to contribute to poverty alleviation, improved public policy, and private-sector growth in struggling economies. His current projects span several areas: education analytics, anti-counterfeiting strategies, and cost-allocation methods for growing infrastructure networks. His past work focused on pandemic simulation, clinic simulation, and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Outside of academia, Michael leads an overseas volunteer-sending organization, Students for International Development (SID), which runs projects in Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania. He is also the founder of an initiative called 1Room, which aims to dramatically cut the cost and improve the quality of secondary education in low-income countries.
Operations Research Center and the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD (current, Operations Research) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
MS (2012, Industrial Engineering) University of Toronto, Canada
BS (2010, Peace and Conflict Studies, Math, Statistics) University of Toronto, Canada