Michael Alston, Jr. is Director, Project Engineering for Avid Bioservices, Inc. in Tustin, CA; where he is responsible for engineering, project, and portfolio management of the company's capital projects and change initiatives. He has 15 yrs. experience leading projects and teams in engineering, maintenance, operations, and continuous improvement in the biopharmaceutical and food processing industries; working for ConAgra Brands, Unilever, Merck, and Sterogene Bioseparations prior to Avid. He is an active advisory board member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); along with membership in International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and Parental Drug Association (PDA). Michael is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, with a B.S. in electrical engineering and also holds a Graduate Certificate in project management from Lehigh University.