Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115


Michael Kane is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering external link at Northeastern University external link where his research and teaching focus on human-in-the-loop control of civil infrastructure. Prior to joining Northeastern, he served as a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy ( ARPA-E external link ) where he identified new technology development opportunities for control of civil energy infrastructure, primarily in the areas of transportation, buildings, and distributed energy resources. In 2014, he finished a PhD at the University of Michigan external link where he pursued novel ways of embedding computational intelligence into civil systems in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Technology LIST external link . Outside the office and lab, he enjoys cycling, games of ultimate external link , skiing , and backpacking .


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering - Systems, University of Michigan, 2014
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering - Control Systems, University of Michigan, 2011
  • M.S., Civil Engineering - Structures, Drexel University, 2009
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering - Structures, Drexel University, 2009

Industrial Experience

  • U.S. Dept of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Fellow (2014-2016)
  • Illuminvent, LLC, Inventor (2012-2013)
  • Amman and Whitney, Structural Engineer (2007)
  • McTish, Kunkel, and Associates, Field Inspector (2006)


  • Special Acts Award, U.S. Department of Energy (2015)
  • John L. Tishman Fellowship, University of Michigan (2009)
  • Kappa Theta Epsilon - National Co-Op Honor Society
  • Chi Epsilon - National Civil Engineering Honor Society

Professional Affiliations

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