Matthew B. Travis
Travis is Executive Director of the
Aerospace Research & Engineering
Systems Institute (ARES) and
ARES is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization promoting STEM education and public awareness of the benefits of space exploration. ARES is working to develop a series of innovative research programs involving academia, industry, and government in order to protect and grow the aerospace workforce in the state.
The primary purpose of the Institute is to engage students at all levels of their studies in exciting space-related projects and spur interest in math, science, and aerospace careers. The fundamental philosophy behind the programs of the Institute is that there is no more effective way to make aerospace careers attractive to students than to engage them in hands-on endeavors and provide the experience and the excitement of accomplishing complex aerospace projects. This is one of the best ways to attract students to aerospace careers and is essential during a time when universities are turning out fewer and fewer engineering graduates and even fewer are taking up careers in the aerospace industry.
Matt earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering / Computer Science at the University of Illinois in 1997.
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