Student Achievement Award
Embedded Systems Engineering Technology
Matt is a June 2018 graduate of the Portland-Metro campus where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Embedded Systems Engineering Technology. Matt’s time at Oregon Tech can be summed up as one marked not only by academic achievements, but also one of encouraging others to pursue their academic goals. As one faculty member stated, “Diligence, creativity, and leadership stand out as the finest measures of an individual’s effectiveness”—characteristics that Matt shows in each interaction with his professors and peers.
As a student, Matt has been an active member oncampus. From being an assistant teacher for high school students to learn about digital logic, C++ programming, computer organization, and cryptography, to being an active member of the Gravity and Space Research Club (GRASP). As part of GRASP, Matt was able to participate in the development of the Eclipse Ballooning project, headed by Montana State University, to launch high altitude weather balloons to film the 2017 solar eclipse.
His junior and senior projects stand as a testament to his creativity and programming ability. For his junior project, Matt created a wireless throttle interface for the Ridekick electric bike assist. This project included working directly with the founder of Ridekick, which was an exciting opportunity. For his senior capstone project, Matt developed and built a remote controlled, motion sensing turret for keeping deer and other wildlife out of flower beds and gardens. In addition to his academic projects, Matt also works for Rohde & Schwarz as a software development intern, designing new features for Vector Network Analyzers.
Matt displays integrity both in and outside the classroom. He enjoys working as part of a team and has made it a goal to actively recruit students to the program because he is passionate about helping future Oregon Tech students find their own path to success.