Mike is Chief Scientist at Cloudant, where he develops and evangelizes the company’s technical vision and manages long-term product R&D. While at MIT as a Postdoctoral Fellow, he cofounded Cloudant after cutting his teeth on petabyte-per-second problems at the Large Hadron Collider. Mike holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.A in Philosophy from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University, and is an Affiliate Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Washington. He has more than a decade's worth of experience as a builder of the most extreme Big Data systems on earth, as well as extensive experience lecturing on mathematics, physics, data science, and philosophy at the graduate and undergraduate level.