By Sarah D’Iorio, University at Buffalo
For Michael Moskal, the idea of a career in industrial and systems engineering was conceived at an early age. He was influenced by his father, who started off in the profession, as well as several faculty members in UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, under whom he worked as a research assistant shortly after graduating high school.
“The field is fast paced, rewards innovation, and is saturated with stimulating problems that need to be solved.”
“Early in my education I was exposed to the work of Rajan Batta, Moises Sudit, Ann Bisantz, and James Llinas, all of whom represent a wide breadth of expertise in the field. They ultimately convinced me to join the program and mentored me while at UB,” says Moskal, who holds a BS (2011), MS (2013) and PhD (2016) in industrial and systems engineering.
Now Moskal is making his own mark in the field. He has been named one of nine Florida High Tech Corridor’s 2018 “Faces of Technology,” a distinction which he earned for his innovative work in the field — most recently researching and developing secure software solutions for the U.S. defense and intelligence communities in his previous role as manager of research programs at Modus Operandi, based in Melbourne, Florida.