Matthew Chun is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Management) with a minor in Management Science and a concentration in Economics. He has always been passionate about utilizing his analytical abilities and love of problem solving to find solutions that will make the world a better place.
Matthew initially discovered his love for technology in high school while researching a laser technology for long-distance bomb detection funded by the U.S. Army. He also has great interest in the healthcare sector, receiving his certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and serving in multiple medical missions in poverty-stricken areas of the Dominican Republic. Combining his interests in health and technology, Matthew has since worked on and led projects ranging from designing exoskeletons for a DARPA funded project, creating an app for optimized emergency healthcare resource utilization, building an artificial limb for an abused dog, and co-inventing a low-cost prosthetic component for the growing number of above-knee amputees throughout the developing world.
Most recently, Matthew has focused his efforts on the legal and business aspects of effecting change, programming an investment portfolio optimization program; serving as a research and teaching assistant for a course on the legal framework of entrepreneurship and innovation; and working part-time for a $10M impact investment fund focusing on humanitarian technologies to alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. He also has experience in corporate finance, working as a summer investment banking analyst at Peter J. Solomon Company, and patent prosecution at Fish & Richardson, a leading intellectual property law firm.
Outside of academics and work, Matthew is actively involved in both student life and his local community. He is a member of the MIT Wrestling Team, a 3x NCWA National Qualifier, and a 2x Academic All American. Matthew also serves as recording secretary and philanthropy chair of MIT's chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society. In past roles, Matthew has served as a Maseeh peer mentor for incoming freshmen to his dormitory, as well as a former campus tour guide and EMT.
Matthew currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of the MIT Et Spiritus, an Augustine Collective journal of Christian thought. He is an active student leader of Cru, a Christian student group on campus, and he volunteers to teach 2nd and 3rd graders at his local church.
In his free time, Matthew likes to run marathons and climb mountains. On lower energy days, he prefers to read and have meaningful conversations with friends.