2013-2014 Luce Scholar
Matthew Cortland was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with honors with his B.A. from Rutgers University where he majored in Art History and an interdisciplinary major, and minored in Italian Studies with a Certificate in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies. Matthew's interdisciplinary major was designed surrounding a three-year ethnographic research study of an all-male drum and bugle corps, where he participated as a drum major while also conducting field research involving the construction of language, communication in a closed community, and the enactment of masculinity. In 2013, Matthew will be completed a M.S.Ed. in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami in Miami, FL while also working as a reading teacher and Department Chair at Miami Northwestern Senior High School during his Teach for America commitment. As an educator, Matthew has worked with the school's struggling readers to understand the foundations of literacy. In the future, Matthew plans to continue working in education through emerging educational technologies with the aim of making learning more individualized and targeted. Matthew has held membership on several boards including the New Jersey Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism, the Theta Delta Chi Educational Foundation, and Theta Delta Chi Grand Lodge.
Matt is placed with the ASUS Corporation in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan's Information Technology industry has grown enormously over the last few decades and the country is now one of the dominant forces in the global market. ASUS has long been at the forefront of this growth. While the company started life as a humble motherboard manufacturer with just a handful of employees, it is now the leading technology company in Taiwan with over 12,500 employees worldwide, making products in almost every area of information technology.