Mike Schoder grew up outside of Chicago, IL. He attended Princeton University, earning his bachelor of science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Following college, he commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as an infantry officer and special operations officer, deploying to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. After eight years of service, Mike left the military to work as a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir Technologies, working with clients in the energy and defense sectors. He is currently at MIT as a candidate for a dual MBA and master’s degree in mechanical engineering.