Mike applies his years of software development experience to make his products - and his job - fun.
Mike graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, but he quickly realized that his passion was in software. He began his career at Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) in Boston, working in the speech and natural language processing group. Mike helped develop and mature the HARK Recognizer, a real-time, software-only speech recognition engine.
In 1996, he was one of the founders of Parlance Corporation, a startup that developed computer speech recognition applications using that engine. He was a primary software developer of the NameConnector Service, a 24/7 fully-managed service designed to speech-enable a corporation’s enterprise phone directory.
In 2004, Mike moved to the Pacific Northwest to join Insitu, a small manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Mike helped the company grow from a 35-person, single building startup to an 800+ person, multi-facility Boeing subsidiary. During Mike’s 9-year tenure at Insitu, he led the team designing and developing Insitu’s graphical software interfaces for both the ScanEagle and Integrator UAV systems and was ultimately responsible for all software activities as Director of Software Development.
Mike grew up in a “rural” part of New Jersey and never tires of hearing jokes about it. It took many years of convincing by his wife, Corinne, that moving to the west and living in the country was a good idea, and he now readily admits that she was right. They live with their two sons in a small town in the foothills of Mount Adams. On most days you can find Mike at home in his log cabin on his 60-acre tree farm.