So Why Engineering?

"So Why Engineering?" is often a question I get in interviews or when meeting new people (who are non-engineers). Ironically,

…both my parents are engineers (one mechanical, the other civil) but they weren’t the reason why I chose engineering…”

I came to my decision on my own the summer before senior year of high school (2005) while attending a camp, the LEAD Summer Business Institute, at Northwestern University in Chicago. Even though I had participated in several STEM related programs growing up (i.e. M2SE), at some point during sophomore or junior year I decided I wanted to study business in college. However, I had no clue as to what specifically that meant at the time, truth is I had no knowledge of business at all. I was never the kid who had the lemonade stand on the street, or the kid who knocked on doors to cut grass or shovel snow for money. You see,

…I was the kid who liked taking apart anything and everything just so I could put it back together…

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May 1st, 2014… The day my second life began…

So the original idea behind starting the blog “Welcome to Charlottesville” was to chronicle my experience in grad school and help build a habit of writing out thoughts and ideas…

well 3 years later it’s safe to say that was an epic #fail…

so now it’s time to start over…

Hello, my name is Matthew M…

I am a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia with a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and a 2010 graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering….

I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but my family roots are down in the Bayou Country of Louisiana…

Do I know what I want to do in life yet? Not exactly, but I do have some ideas…

Join me as I attempt to sort out those ideas through sharing my post-graduation experiences, on my way to creating my path to success (whatever that means)…

Don’t be shy, feel free to comment, share, or just lend an ear to listen (or maybe an eye or two)…


#welcometocharlottesville #corporateMEM

Trying Something New…

I picked up a daily devotional book from my church last time I was home because years ago I used to read the messages from time to time… That was a month ago and today I finally opened it for a read and time of reflection… So I thought as accountability for myself I’d start sharing on here what I read, just the title and verses for now… and maybe eventually I’ll encourage myself to write out the personal reflections from time to time… And me being a month behind I read one I missed and the one for today so I could attempt to catch up…

What do you see, the open door or the obstacles? 1 Cor 16:19

Underneath you are His everlasting arms. Deut 33:27