Mike gained a joint first class in Maths and Chemistry from the Univ of Wales and then a Ph.D. from Aston studying the application of the then new large scale computers to the synergies of management models, chemical and biological behavioural modelling and flow models of multi-dimensional flow into a workable package ahead of the 1976 reform of the UK water industry. He then worked for the UN-FAO on models of groundwater management and also everyday price predictor models in the Middle East food market. After modelling the coastline of the new Hong Kong Airport he joined the Commission to start a programme in Ada, a European 4th generation language favoured by the US DoD, and in AI / Software Engineering. After teaching a PhD course at the Univ of Texas he returned to Brussels and moved to policy; where he is now the senior policy office in the Marie Curie Actions.