Michael Watson served on the D.C. Policy Center staff as the Director of Data and Technology from January 2017 until late 2019.
Before the D.C. Policy Center, Michael worked at RAND Corporation as a Technical Analyst. During his time at RAND he worked on a wide range of projects including defining data science teams in the government, identifying new technology for law enforcement, and helping find slow points in government acquisition. Before RAND Corporation he was an Adjunct Instructor at Towson University and Howard County Community College teaching introductory and elective science courses.
Michael holds a Master’s of Science from Towson University in Applied Physics. He conducted research on novel two-dimensional materials. He has a Bachelor’s of Science from DePaul University in Physics where he conducted research on ultra-fast laser-matter interactions.He has additional education in project management, economics, and supply chain management.