Michelle has an industry R&D background in Lidar and dimensional metrology. She developed FMCW lidar for automotive applications with the team at local company Blackmore Sensors, later sold to autonomous driving startup Aurora Innovation. Before coming to Bozeman she developed proprietary sensor technologies for precision dimensional measurement at a Seattle based subsidiary of Mitutoyo corporation. Her research interests include understanding and making creative use of the properties of light, particularly for lidar and interferometric technologies. She is an inventor on 10 patents. She joined Spectrum Lab in March 2020, and is excited to be performing research in a university setting.