Matt is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo (UTokyo). Matt's research focuses space transportation, propulsion and energy systems. Matt also teaches in the Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education, where he facilitates joint satellite design student projects between UTokyo and Australian universities. He is also working with other Japan-based academics to form a professional network for Australian, New Zealander and Oceanian researchers based in, or with close ties to Japan.
Matt completed his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2019 at U-Tokyo in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). His doctoral dissertation focused on reusable rocket engines. Prior to undertaking his PhD, Matt worked as a systems engineering consultant in Brisbane, working with clients in the commercial aviation, defence and motorsports industries. He also has experience in manufacturing engineering and project management. Matt firmly believes collaborative research and education is crucial to strengthening the partnership between Australia and Japan, and that such collaboration could deliver flow-on benefits in other areas of the bilateral relationship.