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Matt was born near Columbus, Ohio in 1978. Despite only living there nine years, he was thoroughly indoctrinated with a love of Ohio State football. The next stop for Matt was Amarillo, Texas for three years, followed by Anderson, South Carolina. Here he graduated from Westside High School in 1996 and then journeyed about 30 minutes down the road to go to Clemson University. It was here that he met the love of his life, Leigh Ann.
In 2001, after convincing Clemson that he was worthy of a degree in computer engineering, Matt decided to try his luck in graduate school. So, he packed up again and headed for the rather frigid and windy cornfields of central Illinois to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Leigh Ann made Matt give her an engagement ring before he left and they were married in June 2002 after an agonizing year apart. At UIUC, he received his MS in computer science in 2003 and finished his PhD in 2006. Despite battling a lifelong addiction to academia, Matt manages to lead a somewhat normal life and enjoys reading, lifting weights, and playing ultimate frisbee. Also at UIUC, he was involved with Graduate InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and attended the Urbana Assembly of God church.
Things I Do
- Sports and Exercise
- Lift Weights: Three days/week.
- Ultimate Frisbee: Usually once per week when the weather is nice.
- Run: Usually 3-5 miles once a week and 15 minutes on an elliptical three times per week.
- Hiking and Backpacking: Pre-kids, about one overnight trip and one or two day hikes per year.
- Play Board Games
- Watch Television
- Presidential biographies
- PMBA reading list
- Harry Potter series
- Trendy "smart" books
- The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
- Everything Bad is Good for You
- Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
- Freakonomics: Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
- Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, New Edition
- Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
- The Wisdom of Crowds