Matthew is a graduate student in the PhD program for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona. He is interested in research related to obtaining rubber and biofuels from the guayule plant that is being grown in Arizona. Matthew is a team member for the SBAR Education component, which entails developing curriculum for teachers and other instructors to teach lessons and demonstrations related to biofuels production. In the past, he has been heavily involved with biofuels research and development. For several years he worked as a Laboratory Manager for a biofuels startup company called Southwest Biofuels in southern Arizona. This company was interested in growing algae for the purpose of producing biodiesel for small landowners and farmers.