Senior Data Scientist
Michael started his intellectual life with an interest in physics and molecular biology. Over the course of studying in these fields, he became enamoured with the ability of computation to predict things about the world and steered his pursuits towards computational mathematics.
He first obtained a BSc in physics and applied maths from UCT, then a BSc (Hons) in applied maths and an MSc in physics. He then obtained a PhD in maths from UNC Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoc in applied maths back at UCT. His research has been focused on efficiently simulating things, including giant rock crushing machines for mines, the breathing of sleep apnea patients, groundwater flow and metals manufacturing. Recently this has mostly involved throwing GPUs at problems, and Michael aims to continue throwing GPUs at trees until we know all of their secrets.