Michael Leitch comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with 8 years’ experience in design, engineering, and energy research. As the Technical Manager for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, Mr. Leitch supports the technical and scientific operations of the Carbon XPRIZE competition.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Leitch served as the Research Manager at RGL Reservoir Management, a small but scrappy oilfield manufacturing company based in Edmonton, Canada. There, he worked with a diverse team of engineers and scientists at the University of Alberta to build a comprehensive understanding of little known and little studied aspects of the oil recovery process.
Mr. Leitch is trained as a machinist, holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, and is nearing the completion of an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from the University of Alberta. A carbon-fiber enthusiast, outside of the office you can find him racing high performance sailboats and bicycles.