Former Clemson Computing student Michael Payne promoted to Lead Data Engineer

May 11, 2021

Michael Payne has been promoted to Lead Data Engineer on the Tickets Data Engineering team at Cirium. Michael will continue to contribute to the team but will take on additional responsibilities in people management and team organization.

Michael joined Risk Solutions in 2014 as an intern working on the implementation of scalable matrix operations and machine learning algorithms in HPCC. Michael then joined RELX’s Innovation Team as a full-time employee, where he contributed to various research initiatives across the many corporate brands. Michael joined Cirium in 2017 as part of a newly formed team of HPCC engineers building the next generation of the Schedules Connections processing engine. After successfully completing the project, Michael transferred to the Tickets Data Engineering team in 2020, bringing his knowledge of schedules and connection data to the team. Mike quickly got involved in the Commercial Planning project to migrate away from its use of legacy foundational data to the company’s next-generation, more robust data representation.

Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T University.  He was recruited into the Ph.D. program in Computer Science at Clemson in 2013, where he worked under the direction of Dr. Amy Apon, currently the C. Tycho Howle Director of the School of Computing, and where he passed the candidacy exam for the Ph.D. in Computer Science.  Michael’s research has been supported through generous gifts from HPCC Systems, a division of RELX.