Michael Blaha is a consultant, author, and trainer who specializes in conceiving, architecting, modeling, designing, and tuning databases. He has worked with dozens of organizations around the world. Blaha has authored seven U.S. patents, seven books, many articles, and several video courses. He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and is an alumnus of GE Global Research in Schenectady, New York. He is a member of Chicago DAMA.