M.S. Aerospace Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2017
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2015
Michael grew up in Naperville, IL, a suburb of Chicago. He began his studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2012 where he studied mechanical engineering. During his time as an undergrad, he joined Illini Formula Electric, a team the designs, builds, and races an all electric, open wheeled race car in the Society of Automotive Engineers Student Competition. It was there that he discovered his passion for working with electro-mechanical systems. Over time, that passion has grown to encompass the fields of controls, robotics, and mechatronics. Upon graduating, he decided to further pursue his interests in these subjects by joining the BAM lab where he is currently seeking a Master’s Degree.
Michael’s research seeks to better understand how adaptable wingtip devices affect a small unmanned aerial vehicle’s (UAV’s) ability to fly in adverse conditions. Specifically, his research looks into how wingtip gaps and the planarity of wingtip devices affect the aerodynamic performance of a wing. He hopes to use this information to develop an aeroelastic model of a wing to design a passively tuned system to respond to adverse flight conditions. The end goal of his research is to expand the mission capabilities of UAVs through a combination of passively tuned and actively controlled devices.