Michael joined BuroHappold in 2008 as a principal in the New York office. Prior to joining the firm, he had a long history of collaboration with BuroHappold, including the Genzyme Headquarters in Cambridge, M.A., which earned Platinum LEED certification. A mechanical engineer, he earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Columbia University in New York.
At BuroHappold, Michael is working on an expanded array of complex international projects in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Libya, and Saudi Arabia as well as projects closer to home in North America. He is especially interested in computer modeling and sustainable practices in architecture and engineering and specializes in the education, hospitality and commercial markets.
In addition to his practice as an engineer, Michael has long maintained an active connection to education, teaching at institutions such as Parsons School of Design and the Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Science.
Michael is a member of the Mechanical Engineering Department External Advisory Board at Columbia University and also co-authored an abstract Energy Dynamics of Green Buildings, an Alternative to the Traditional Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Course, in the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Innovative Curricula category (Fall, 2009).
From 1988 to 2008, Michael worked at Laszlo Bodak Engineer, P.C. in New York, where he was promoted to vice president and mechanical engineering department head. He also served as managing director for LBE International, Ltd., the firms international base in Budapest for projects located in Central Europe, including locations such as Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and the Republic of Georgia.
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