Michael Tschanz is the director of engineering technology and Analysis (a segment within Disney Parks, Experiences and Products’ Global Engineering and Technology department).
In his role, Tschanz leads a multidiscipline team which develops detailed mathematical and physics models for transportation, ride and animatronic systems, custom software and network applications, and robotics. His team's responsibilities include the development of robotics, optimization algorithms, servo controllers, interactive/immersive experiences, data analytics, and material process solutions.
Tschanz's rich and diverse background includes designs of numerous attractions at various Disney them parks includings: Test Track® Attraction; Mission: SPACE® Attraction; Toy Story Mania® Attraction and the Expedition Everest® Attraction. Tschanz also designed all the velocity profiles at the worldwide locations of The Twilight Tower of Terror™.
Prior to joining the Disney team, Tschanz developed precision guidance algorithms and aerospace sensor simulations for Texas Instruments. He has received numerous awards including the Texas Instruments Quality Award, Disney’s Partners in Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award, Walt Disney Imagineering Innovations awards, election into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame, and is a holder of multiple patents. Tschanzis also a professional musician and music director at Peace United Methodist Church along with being a freelance accompanist and orchestral pianist.
Tschanz earned his BSEE from Ohio Northern University and a MSEE from the University of Texas Arlington. Further studies included a preparatory scholarship at the Cleveland Institute of Music in classical piano performance. Tschanz also studied both classical and jazz piano at the University of North Texas.