Matthew holds Dual Majors in Business Administration and Environmental Science from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and is now employed by the Texas state government. He has experience interfacing between corporations and government offices to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. As our organization will likewise need to comply with complex networks of laws and rules, we will benefit greatly from Matthew’s experience in navigating these types of interactions.
Moreover, his Liberal Arts background provides a broad base of knowledge that is balanced with practical experience in activities ranging from speechwriting, to organizing student events, to accounting. Matthew understands current realities, including the importance of engaging with teams, potential clients, and the broader public, and is continually helping us balance our high aspirations with steady and efficient development of our organization.
Matthew’s vision for the foundation is to facilitate the idea of bodily modification as an acceptable form of self-expression. He’s optimistic about the trajectories of our research, especially on seeing early results from work on neuroprosthetics. He believes the greatest challenges that the organization will face will be (1) social tolerance/acceptance and (2) ensuring the accessibility (not exclusivity) of the results of our research. To combat this and promote acceptance, he is pushing for the development and deployment of a prototype prosthetic limb that would allow not only for someone to experience that ultimate form of self-expression but provide a proof of concept. With this accomplishment achieved, he believes the next steps should be promoting this technology to the public within certain circles and investigate the logistics of mass marketing the creations.