User:Motorbikematt

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Matthew F. Reyes is the founder and CEO of Exploration Solutions, Inc., a corporation dedicated to improving science education and public outreach through the production of High Definition, interactive multimedia for classrooms and museums, as well as the internet and television.

Although born in Hawaii and traveled extensively in North and South America, Matt is a true Floridian, having been raised in Homestead and currently living a short commute from the rockets launched at NASA Kennedy Space Center.

Matthew received a B.S. from the University of Florida, majoring in Environmental Horticulture with a specialization in Natural Resource Ethics and Policy, and is currently wrapping up his Masters in Plant Molecular Biology. He has extensive, hands-on experience in fields as diverse as computer science, evolutionary biology, landscape horticulture, motorcycle repair, photography, radio & optical astronomy, and underwater archeology.

In 2000, Matthew was selected as a Research Associate for the NASA Astrobiology Academy, and subsequently hired as an Associate Scientist for Lockheed Martin - Missiles & Space at NASA Ames Research Center. In 2003, Matt worked with Robert Ferl’s laboratory at UF developing astronaut training procedures and researching plant responses to microgravity aboard the KC-135 at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field. In 2005 Matt enlisted with the Zero Gravity Corporation as a volunteer Flight Specialist, and for three years served as ZERO-Gs Director of Technical Operations.

Taking a break from managing aircraft engineering and flights with ZERO-G, in July 2007 Matthew participated in his first education outreach expedition to the Canadian Arctic. On behalf of the Challenger Learning Center, Matthew spent two weeks with Keith Cowing and Astronaut Leroy Chiao at the Haughton-Mars Project Research Station (HMP) starring in webcasts for kids across the United States. After founding Exploration Solutions, Matthew documented an expedition to the Galápagos Islands by Rollins College, working with the local non-profit Galápagos ICE to improve education and health among the Galápageño population.

Read more about Matt's adventures at his website: motorbikematt.com