Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft
Michael Droettboom is a Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft where he leads the CPython Performance Engineering Team. That team contributes directly to the upstream CPython project, and recently helped make Python 3.11 up to 60% faster than 3.10.
Michael has been contributing to open source for over 25 years: he is the former lead maintainer of matplotlib, a major contributor to astropy, and he is the original author of Pyodide and airspeed velocity. His work has supported such diverse applications as the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes, the Firefox web browser, infrared retinal imaging, and optical sheet music recognition.