Michael received his B.S. in polymer science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992. Michael has organized and completed numerous industrial sponsored research projects and continues to develop and formulate materials for industrial applications. His research activities include failure analysis and waterborne, solvent-based, and powder coatings formulation, processing, application, and curing.. Research projects include the development of waterborne water repellents, the formulation and processing of thermoplastic powder coatings for high velocity thermal spray, and development of chrome (VI) free aircraft primers. Michael has over 28 years’ experience in microscopy techniques including light microscopy, digital microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray (ESEM/EDS) analysis. Other analytical skills include DSC, TGA, DMA, FTIR/FTIR-Microscopy, GPC, GC/MS, LC/MS, confocal scanning laser microscopy, and mechanical testing. Michael currently manages several research efforts funded through the Department of Defense and is focused on understanding how materials best protect and prevent the premature loss of assets due to corrosion and natural weathering exposure.