Michael Cruz

Director, Education Technology 

Michael Cruz is a member of the Education team, which creates STEM education programs and products that are delivered to students in Challenger Learning Centers and K-12 school settings. Mr. Cruz manages the development and maintenance of our proprietary software and leads the creation of our technical roadmap that outlines future development of these systems. Mr. Cruz works closely with our education experts and technology partners to help translate programmatic specifications into technical specifications.

Before coming to Challenger Center, Mr. Cruz managed the Systems Engineering group at Montgomery College. Prior to Montgomery College, Mr. Cruz was responsible for academic technology product development at the University of Maryland University College. He began his career as a regulator in the casino gaming industries of New Jersey and Pennsylvania where he developed and managed a test lab as well as directed the IT organization. Mr. Cruz is also a part-time Adjunct Professor in the Information Systems Management program at the University of Maryland University College. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University.