Mike is the Project Executive of Monark, an initiative focusing on advancing weather analytics to improve the operational efficiency and environmental performance of flying commercial platforms. Dedicated to designing a sustainable future for life on Earth and beyond, Mike previously spent six years as a member of the first private team that attempted to soft land on the lunar surface as the second employee at Moon Express. He also founded the Free Flight Research Lab, a non-profit research institute aimed at creating positive global impact through the application of exponential technologies in materials, sensors, robotics and communication. Mike holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He enjoys racing sailboats and paragliding, and holds Basic and Tandem flight instructor ratings.