Michael Sholl earned his Ph.D. Experimental Fluid Dynamics and Computational Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, 1995. Sholl was Project Manager of the Bekeley Spectrometer on ORFEUS-II, launched on STS-80 in 1996.
From 1997-1998 he worked on various programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, including the Fleet Ballistic Missile and the Airborne Laser.
He was re-hired in 1998 by Berkeley to lead the Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Explorer as project manager and lead engineer. CHIPS was the only NASA UNEX class mission to reach orbit, and launched in 2003.
Sholl was Reaction Control System lead engineer at Berkeley for the THEMIS constellation, which launched in 2007. Sholl is currently optics and stray light lead engineer for the for the Department of Energy for the Joint Dark Energy Mission.