Matt was born and raised in rural western Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. He graduated with a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wyoming where he worked with Dr. David Bagely on production of hydrogen gas with mixed microbial communities. Matt then worked for a large environmental engineering consulting firm for 6.5 years where he studied, modeled, designed, and constructed wastewater treatment facilities. Matt earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2019 where he was advised by Dr. Daniel Noguera in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Matt has been a licensed Professional Engineer (Civil Engineering) since 2013.
Aside from environmental engineering, Matt also practices evidence-based teaching and completed the Delta Certificate in Teaching, Research, and Learning at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Matt's teaching portfolio highlights some of his approaches. His teaching materials for the Flint Water Crisis case study are also available.