Matthew has always been interested in the intersection of design, engineering, and medicine. Majoring in Mechanical Engineering and concentrating in Biomechanics and Biomedical Device at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he hopes to gain a broad and interdisciplinary education to propel him towards his goal of touching and improving lives around the world.
As for extracurricular activities, Matthew spends most of his time on the MIT Varsity Fencing Team and competitive Ballroom Dancing Team. Starting fencing in middle school, he has always enjoyed the duality of the mental and physical aspects of the sport. Sometimes referred to as "physical chess," fencing requires a great deal of preparation and strategy for touches to be scored. Throughout his fencing career, Matthew has competed in the 2012 Junior Olympics, been elected the captain of his high school team, and been appointed as the MIT Varsity Epee Squad Leader.
One relatively new activity, that has captured Matthew's interest, is competitive ballroom dancing. Starting to train and dance for the MIT team at the beginning of his sophomore year, Matthew has learned and competed in both International Latin and Standard events. Among them, the five Standard dances are Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango (Fig. 2), Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep, and the five Latin dances are ChaCha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and Jive.
Between fencing and ballroom dancing, Matthew spends over 30 hours a week outside the classroom. Any leftover free time is spent on independent projects and woodworking. Matthew was introduced to woodworking in the 4th grade and ever since has enjoyed practicing the art form. While he is most captivated by furniture design, in which he finds a challenging blend of aesthetic and functional design requirements, he has experimented with and enjoyed many different forms of the art such as sculpture, carving, jewelry design and turning.