Michael Hruska

Developing solutions and innovating to optimize business performance. 

Chief Customer Success Officer

Michael Hruska is a technologist and design thinking (DT) practitioner with experiences spanning across standards, emerging technologies, learning, and science. He is a former researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mike provides technology, business model and innovation solutions to Fortune 500, government and startup companiess. He researches, strategizes, designs, and makes advanced technology solutions and products. His team has built award winning products and delivered solutions that support millions of users and billions of hits of daily web traffic.  Michael’s experience spans the continuum between advanced research on adaptive learning ecosystems and emerging technology solution/product design in a variety of industries. 



Michael has a long list of things he’s involved in. His heart is in the tech & learning worlds and ensuring people understand it. He is an advisor/mentor to ed tech startups for GSV Capital.  Michael hosts a monthly entrepreneur meetup and other events to support local and regional entrepreneurship. He serves as a mentor and guide for a number of startups.  He also serves as an advisor to the Robert Waters Trust Fund at the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies to support entrepreneurship and early stage companies.

  • Advisor/ mentor to education technology startups for GSV Capital 
  • Member of the e-Learning Guild 
  • Member of the Association for Training and Development (ATD) 
  • Member of the Society for Applied Learning Technologies (SALT) 
  • Member of the National Defense and Industrial Association (NDIA) 
  • Chair of the Goodwill Industries of Conemaugh Valley 
  • Advisory Board Member of the University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown) 
  • Former board member of the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies 
  • Former board member of the Cambria County Chamber of Commerce
  • Former board member of the Somerset County Economic Development Council 
  • Former board member of the Venue of Merging Arts (VOMA) 
  • Former board member of the United Way of the Laurel Highlands 
  • Former board member of the Johnstown Business District Development Corporation (JBDCC)