Michael Kass is a former Senior Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios where he worked with David Baraff and Andrew Witkin to develop the physically based clothing and hair animation software that was used in Monsters, Inc. He received his BA from Princeton in 1982, his MS from MIT in 1984, and his PhD from Stanford in 1988. Before joining Pixar in 1995, Michael held research positions at Schlumberger Palo Alto Research and Apple Computer.
In 2006, Michael received an Academy Award® along with David Baraff and Andrew Witkin for his work on Cloth Simulation for Film. The technology was used in Ratatouille, Cars, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc.