Michael grew up in the small town of Byron, Illinois, which is located near the Rockford area. Throughout his life, he has always aspired to design things that show off his creativity, and inspire others to do the same. This is what led Mike to want to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois! Outside of school and research, Mike also spends his time as the External Vice President for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student chapter, and Senior Monitor of the Innovation Studio (the MechSE Makerspace). Being outdoors and staying active are another one of his passions that he fulfills by hiking and playing soccer as often as he can.
Mike is currently designing a segmentation mechanism for the BAM Lab’s Origami Crawling Robot. This will allow many small, individual robots to be conjoined together and move as one, and if demanded by the task or terrain they are traversing, they can split into multiple segments to accomplish their tasks. To design the segmentation mechanism, many criteria must be taken into account as the robot moves along. Mike is using a magnetic shear system to facilitate the robots’ detachment and reattachment.