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Michael Van Poots, PhD

Department: Fraternity Board of Trustees
Title: Trustee

Michael Van Poots, Ph.D. joined Phi Kappa Theta as a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He served in multiple leadership positions at RPI, including class president, member of the RPI Board of Trustees, and president of the Interfraternity Council (IFC). After graduating in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics, he promptly joined the US Navy as an officer and has been in the service ever since, trading off between active duty and reserve duty. He has served in various areas, including nuclear submarine warfare, engineering and roles including department head, Inspector General, and commanding officer. He is currently a Navy Captain (the rank right below admiral), and is the commanding officer of a reserve unit at the Office of Naval Research.

He earned an MBA in 2005 from RPI and a Ph.D. from Walden University in 2011. He currently works for MillerCoors as brewery technical services manager. He is a PADI certified Assistant Instructor, Rescue Diver and Master Diver. He is a NREMT credentialed Emergency Medical Technician and licensed amateur radio operator. He currently serves as a volunteer EMT for Harrisonburg Rescue Squad per week, and is a paramedic in training.
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