The character is canon, first seen during the Vox Sola episode.
He shows up two more times, in Two Days and Two Nights, and The Crossing. It’s only in Vox Sola where he is shown with J. Kelly, who calls him by his first name. In canon, they clearly know each other well.
As in canon, Michael is played by actor Joseph Will. I like this big lug of a guy, who seems to have a good sense of humor.
Kind and competent, Mike is not necessarily going to ever become a leader. But he truly loves Judy, and is a particularly good father to their daughter in the first E2 kick back in time, Valleri.
During both kicks back in time, Michael and Judy marry. In fact, in the first iteration, they are the first to wed.
There do not seem to be any impediments to Michael existing in the Mirror Universe.
While he is not shown in the two canon MU episodes, that does not mean that he does not exist there.
Because Mirror personalities are often different, he might be less shy, and even a ruthless businessman.
“I don’t wanna just be friends. I, I know it’s early. Maybe you wanna see if you have, uh, other prospects.”
I was glad to be able to give this canon character a little more substance. I hope I did right by him.
While watching Star Trek: Enterprise (and The Original Series and the other series, but particularly Enterprise), I was struck by how together and cute and all of that Tripp Tucker is.
And that is just not my experience of most engineers.
This is not an insult and I hope it is not taken that way. Rather, most of the engineers I have known have been shy and withdrawn people, far more comfortable with engines, wrenches, etc. than people. Scotty is much more of the epitome of a true engineer to me, and Geordi is pretty close as well. But Tucker, to my mind, is a bit too well-socialized, as is Miles O’Brien.
Of course Tucker is canon so he’s not totally gone from my writings. But I do try to write him with angst (Together, Temper, and Fortune) or at least a feeling that he’d rather look at an engine than talk or think about something more esoteric, like politics (Intolerance).
As for Geordi and Scotty, I try to give them different degrees of depth. Both of them have gotten romances or at least the promise of romance in my fiction. In Crackerjack, Geordi finds he’s falling for Rosemary Parker, but because of the time difference, it can never be. Scotty has somewhat better luck with M’Ress in Milk. As for Miles, he’s a family man. But he’s got a certain other talent, as demonstrated in You Make Me Want to Scream.
Other engineers and engineering students, because they are wholly created by me, fare somewhat differently.
Judy Kelly and Michael Rostov
These canon characters marry in my E2 stories.
This Gorn character reveals he is an engineering student in Truth. He describes a good career ahead of him as a civil engineer, where he can provide for Sophra and, hopefully, win over her parents.
In Wider Than the Sargasso Sea, this Klingon character is disappointed that a Breen is working in an engineering office where she had hoped to get an internship, and shows some prejudice when she tells Gabrielle Nolan that she has to cross that firm off her list if a Breen is working there. Like Bron, she is studying civil engineering, but she’s further along in her studies than he is.
This character is an engineer in only our universe but not the mirror (Reversal), where he’s a security crewman. In our universe, he starts off as third in Engineering, behind Tucker and Crossman. A lot of his work involves monitoring the warp containment field, plus he often runs the transporter. In the E2 stories, he does all sorts of odd tasks, including building an ultrasound machine.
In both universes, Jennifer starts out as the secondary in engineering, right behind Tucker. On the Defiant, it’s likely that she worked the night shift at least part of the time, which may have been how she at least initially hooked up with Aidan MacKenzie.
As a corollary to the characters who are only engineers in our universe, Frank is only an engineer in the mirror (here, he’s a planetary geologist). Eventually, in The Point is Probably Moot, he rises to the level of First Officer of the Defiant, when Andrew Miller commits suicide (Escape).
Kevin is the Chief Engineer for the Temporal Integrity Commission (Temper, The Point, etc.). He’s a lumbering beast of a man and is part-Gorn, tipping the scales at nearly a quarter of a metric ton.
Deirdre is Kevin’s young protegée and enjoys old time travel fiction, so she names the time ships (HG Wells, Audrey Niffenegger, Jack Finney, etc.). See A Long, Long Time Ago.
This Ferengi engineer works mostly on an older style ship called the Penar (The Point is Probably Moot).
This Calafan engineer is Kevin O’Connor’s love interest and works on Calafan time ships like The Light of Lo.
This engineer works on temporal mechanics for Section 31 in a forerunner to the Temporal Integrity Commission.
They keep it all together, and they keep it running like a top. Without engineers, there really couldn’t be any Star Trek at all.