Michael Todd received his B.S.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University (Durham, NC, USA) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He then was a research engineer and section head at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington DC, USA and in 2003, he joined the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California San Diego, where he currently serves as Professor of Structural Engineering.

He has published over 450 papers and proceedings in his research areas, which are in applying nonlinear time series techniques to structural health monitoring (SHM) applications, adapting Bayesian inference frames for optimal decision-making in SHM, developing ultrasonic interrogation strategies for aerospace structural assessment, optimizing sensor networks for various SHM-rooted performance measures, developing RF-based sensing systems for structural assessment, creating real-time shape reconstruction strategies for highly flexible aerospace and naval structural systems, and designing and testing fiber optic measurement systems for many structural applications.

Prof. Todd won the 2005 Structural Health Monitoring Person-of-the-Year Award, was named a 2009 Benjamin F. Meaker Fellow at the University of Bristol (UK), and won the 2016 Society of Experimental Mechanics D. J. DeMichele Award for contributions to research and education in experimental mechanics.  He serves as the Managing Editor of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal.