As usability consultant for Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL), Michael has been usability testing and revising OWL’s navigation and taxonomy since 2003, and is currently developing user-participtory folksonomy for OWL’s millions of users, users who are located in all 50 US states and 170+ countries. He is a founding member of Kairos, the longest continuously publishing online journal in new media, rhetoric and writing; he won the Hugh Burns Award in computers and writing; and with Thomas Rickert, was a recipient of the Ellen Nold Award for research published in Computers and Composition and the Kairos Best Webtext Award. Michael’s research on usability, assessment, and information architecture has been published in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Kairos, Technical Communication, and Technical Communication Quarterly. He served as 2007 conference chair for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) annual conference. He is Director of Professional Writing and Asociate Professor in the Rhetoric & Composition Program at Purdue University.