As an intern with the City of Shelbyville’s Planning Department, Michael is charged with assisting the Planning Department in their daily operations, learning the multi-faceted efforts of the Planning Department, and assisting the Department in implementing the community’s vision established in the City of Shelbyville’s Comprehensive Plan.
Michael attended Black Hawk College as a Presidential Scholar where he was inducted into the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, played basketball, and then received his Associate’s in Science in 2016. Pursuing a career in civil engineering at the time, he attended The Ohio State University for a short period before transferring to Ball State University to follow a degree in architecture. During the summer of 2017 he completed the College of Architecture and Planning’s Accelerated Entry Program, where he discovered a passion for people, the environment, problem solving, and design.
Michael will obtain his bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development with minors in sustainability and real estate development in May of 2020. During his time at Ball State he has worked with many cities, organizations, and developers throughout various academic projects. The projects have ranged from proposals for Shelbyville, Indiana’s old Major Hospital site, helping create a Neighborhood Action Plan for Muncie, Indiana’s historic Old West End Neighborhood, proposing and advocating for solar panel installations in brownfield sites throughout Delaware County, Indiana, to assisting in the creation of an economic development plan for the North River brownfield site in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Outside of academic projects he is also a College of Architecture and Planning Ambassador, Peer Victim Advocate, he was the president of Ball State University’s Student Planning Association, and is the recipient of the 2019 Department of Urban Planning Leadership Award.