Michael J. Thompson

Michael ThompsonMichael J. Thompson was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 6th, 1989. He earned a B.S.E. degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering in 2012. He will receive his PhD in mechanical engineering in the field of Modeling, Analysis, Control, Design, and Rapid Prototype of Micro Air Vehicles by 2017. From December 2010 to 2011, he had participated in five National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunity (WAESO), three NSF funded Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) and one out of state research experience for undergraduates (NSF-REU). He received a patent submission with 2 %royalties in a new scientific discovery in drag reduction in computational fluid dynamics research work using ANSYS-FLUENT at the University of Alabama (UA). During the August-October 2011 period, Michael had the opportunity to work at Intel. He conducted a design of experiments, comparing different modules on the manufacturing floor. He is the recipient of 2013 GEM fellowship award. During the summer of 2013, Michael had an internship with the Ford Motor Company. His job was to use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to understand the air flow associated with an automotive vehicle hood creation (metal stamping) tool. During summer 2014, Michael had another internship with Ford where he gathered experimental data to validate his previous CFD data. He is the recipient of a 2014 NASA Space Grant fellowship award. He will be working with underprivelaged youths in an outreach project to spark interest in engineering leveraging his research in micro air vehicle technology. The research that he is working on can be found on his personal website: https://sites.google.com/a/asu.edu/michael-thompson/projects/spring-2014.