Michael Washington earned his PhD and MS, from the University of South Florida, in Industrial Engineering focusing on Health Systems, and his BS in Industrial and System Engineering from the University of Florida.
In 1998, Michael joined the CDC as a Prevention Effectiveness Post-Doctoral Fellowship, where he worked on evaluating and improving mass prophylaxis/vaccination and public health clinics, estimating vaccine wastage, designing laboratory networks, forecasting the US vaccine, and coordinating and creating models in response to public health emergencies.
Internationally, he worked with the World Health Organization, universities, and Ministries of Health to teach epidemiology, surveillance, operations research, statistics, data management, GIS, policy and economic evaluations to ministry staff and countries, and Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program to residents. He has worked in many areas of public health, such as HIV/AIDS, vaccine preventable diseases, injuries, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and environmental issues.
Current projects involve: creating a logistical influenza laboratory model to evaluate a more efficient laboratory surveillance network design, maintaining an Excel spreadsheet model to determine the individual Laboratory Response Network of laboratory capacity for processing bio-terrorism specimens, and examining ways to make HIV clinics efficient through analyzing their processes, clinical layouts, and client flow via computer simulation and observation.
Michael was an inaugural selection (2003) of one of New Faces in Engineering by the National Engineers Week. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Award in Business/Industry by the Institute of Industrial Engineer. In 2008, The National Academy of Engineering selected him as one of the top 100 engineers in US and India.