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In 2014, Michael launched Stanford’s Creative Ignition Lab @ Autodesk, which was a Stanford lab located Autodesk’s San Francisco headquarters. For two and a half years, he led the lab’s exploration into the potential for visual, experiential, and embodied thinking to unlock the future of making and learning. His research and development teams informed and influenced engineering, markets, and development of Autodesk software products: Fusion 360 and ReCap (Formerly Memento).

While Autodesk,  Michael joined Autodesk’s Applied Research & Innovation team at Pier 9. As the resident welding expert, Michael taught robots how to weld, collaborating with machine learning and robotic experts.