Michael Fitzgerald attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and graduated with a B.S. in Marine Engineering and a Merchant Marine License issued by the Coast Guard. After graduating, he was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and completed Naval Nuclear Power Training. During his time at the Merchant Marine Academy and in the Navy he completed multiple at-sea assignments onboard ships.
After leaving active duty, Michael has worked as an Engineering Manager for several federal agencies, focusing on system acquisition, life cycle engineering, and material acceptance. While working, he went back to school to earn one MS in Engineering Management and one in Mechanical Engineering from Catholic University of America. He holds an active license as a Professional Engineer.
Michael’s awards include the American Society of Naval Engineers' “Jimmie” Hamilton Award for best technical article, Navy Civilian Service Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three award), and various campaign awards from his time in the service. Michael has several published journal articles and contributed to a chapter for the Fourth Edition of Marine Engineering.