Mike Vergalla

Project Executive, Monark

Mike is the Project Executive of Monark, and initiative focusing on advancing weather analytics to improve the operational efficiency and environmental performance of flying commercial platforms. Dedicated to designing a sustainable future for life on Earth and beyond, Mike previously spent six years as a member of the first private team that attempted to soft land on the lunar surface as the second employee at Moon Express. He also founded the Free Flight Research Lab, a non-profit research institute aimed at creating positive global impact through the application of exponential technologies in materials, sensors, robotics and communication. Mike holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He enjoys racing sailboats and paragliding, and holds Basic and Tandem flight instructor ratings.