Originally from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Mike started his navy career in 1981 in the hydrodynamic towing basins at NSWC Carderock Division upon graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Ocean Engineering. Following 6 years in the tow basin and at sea, he transferred to the composite materials Branch at the Annapolis site. He enjoys a practical hands-on expertise with his experience in composite repair related to airplanes, boats, composite auto and truck parts. Having experience with the transition of technologies to the waterfront, shipboard and shipyards, he started working with the Type Commander, N43, maintenance community in solving chronic issues with the successful application of composites in hull outfitting and secondary structure. This led to developing a teaming effort with NAVSEA 05 and members of the private sector, referred to as the Composites Working Group, which has resulted in the introduction of over 45 tons of composites across the Fleet to include CV, CVN, DD, DDG, CG and L-ships. Mike was NAVSEA's subject matter expert in Human Capital Digital Dashboard for composite applications. He brings a broad knowledge of resin matrices, processes and adhesives to the company as a result of his 35 years of composite applications. In the last five years of Mike's tenure he supported ONR in the final phases of completion and delivery of an advanced MK V technology demonstrator to Naval Special Warfare Group 4 and was the technical point of contact for ONR during the successful build of an advanced carbon fiber medium combatant craft that incorporated the latest technology in preimpregnated out of autoclave technology. He regularly lectures at aviation and marine events and provides hands on demonstrations of advanced processing.