Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.
After graduation Matt (’11 aerospace engr) was set to start his life in the Midwest, but late in his career decision-making process the Boeing Company (a company he called one of the most inspiring in the world when he visited as a youngster) came in and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: working as a flight test engineer on the 787 Dreamliner. Matt now travels the western United States testing what he describes as “magnificent $300 million machines.” While he does have a desk in a Boeing facility in Seattle, his office is essentially a workstation in a 787 Dreamliner, on which he studies flight maneuvers such as stalls, high-banked turns, and roller coasters. He has visited much of the western United States and even Alaska and Hawaii for his work. But although he’s often miles away and high up in the air, he remains connected to his alma mater as president of the ISU Alumni Association Club of Seattle. He was featured in the VISIONS Across America project this spring as a representative of the state of Washington.
…his favorite spot on the ISU campus: “The Knoll”
…his favorite college memory: “Countless memories at Acacia Fraternity. Too many to name specifically.”
…his favorite app: “Flappy Bird. The Mayor’s score was INSANELY good; I’m still embarrassingly stuck at 38.”
…his favorite quote: “’Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.’ – Abraham Lincoln”