Michael earned a BSc from Queen’s (Chemical Physics, 2003) followed by MSc and PhD degrees (Physics, 2009) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he and wife Tara Swords started attending local QUAA branch events. They began volunteering with the Halifax branch in 2004, becoming branch VP and President from late 2007 until moving to Ottawa at the end of 2009. They presently live in Ottawa, where Michael is a Research Scientist at the National Research Council. His research focuses on advanced composite materials and nanomaterials. He has published more than 10 scientific papers, presented at many international conferences, and has received several awards, including an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Killam Predoctoral Scholarships and two awards for science communication. In addition to Queen’s his recent volunteer work has focused on science outreach, primarily as a coordinator for the Dalhousie University Branch of Let’s Talk Science. In his current role with the QUAA, Michael is co-chair, with Tara Swords, of the Alumni Volunteer Summit Planning Committee, an event they first attended in 2007 and credit with helping to spur their involvement with the QUAA.