After studying Economics at Brown University Graduate School and receiving his MSc degree in Econometrics and Operations Research (with honours) from the University of Groningen in 1996, Michiel began his PhD in transport planning and traffic engineering at Delft University of Technology on the topic of dynamic traffic assignment.
In 2001, he obtained his PhD degree, and become Assistant Professor in Transport Economics at Delft. In 2004, Michiel was promoted to Associate Professor in Transport Modelling and has since supervised several PhD candidates in the fields of road pricing, dynamic network modelling, evacuation planning, network reliability and robustness, and firm location choice.
In early 2012, Michiel joined the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies full-time as a Chair in Transport and Logistics Network Modelling, where he teaches the strategic transport modelling unit. Michiel is active in conducting research in the transport and logistics modelling domain, with a strong focus on realistically simulating travellers and agents in large transportation networks. Michiel also actively works together with consultants, industry partners, and government to bring new scientific methods and models to practice, as to support policy makers in making better infrastructure and traffic management decisions.