Matt Hales

Laguna Hills, CA · (949) 630 8804 ·

Welcome! My name is Matt Hales and I am a graduate of Cornell University's College of Engineering with both my Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Here I showcase all my academic endeavours as well as my extracurricular interests and personal interests.


Cornell University

Masters of Engineering
Ithaca, New York
Electrical and Computer Engineering - Focus in Embedded Systems and Computer Architecture
August 2022 - May 2023

Cornell University

Bachelor of Science
Ithaca, New York
Electrical and Computer Engineering - Focus in Embedded Systems and Computer Architecture
August 2018 - May 2022

Laguna Hills High School

Laguna Hills, California
September 2014 - June 2018

Course Projects

Undergrad courses:

Digital Logic Image

ECE 4250: Digital Signal Processing

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ECE 2400: Introduction to C/C++

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ECE 3140: Embedded Systems

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3400: Intelligent Physical Systems

Digital Systems Image

ECE 4760: Digital Systems

Graduate Level:

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ECE 5725: Embedded Operating Systems

High Level Digital Design Automation Image

ECE 5775: High Level Digital Design Automation

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ECE 5745: Complex Digital ASIC Design

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ECE 5744: Introducion to Digital (VLSI) Design

Masters of Engineering Project

High Level Digital Design Automation Image

Graphlily: Accelerating Graph Linear Algebra on HBM-Equipped FPGAs

Personal Interests

Apart from my day job as a hardware design engineer, I'm all about making the most of my time off. Hitting the beach for some much-needed sun after spending 5 years in Ithaca, where I practically turned into Casper the Friendly Ghost, is my idea of a perfect day.

Keeping up with the latest tech is another passion of mine. There's something about building PCs with the newest components and seeing how much better they perform than the last generation that really excites me. It's my way of staying in touch with the tech world and indulging my inner geek.

Then there's hanging out with friends, which is a huge part of my life. Even though we've gone our separate ways career-wise, we still find awesome ways to have fun. Whether it's relaxing at the beach, experiencing the magic of Disneyland, competing on board game nights, or having movie marathons, we're there. I'm also big on TV shows like "For All Mankind," "Shrinking," and "Monarch: Legacy of Monsters," with "Ted Lasso" being a series I can watch over and over again.

Between keeping up with tech advancements and creating memories with friends, that's what I'm all about. It's this mix of innovation and spending quality time that makes life exciting for me.

I also dedicate time to Goggles for Guppies, a non-profit organization I co-founded with my twin brother in 2011. Our mission is to provide underprivileged families with essential swimming equipment to help reduce the risk of childhood drowning. You can learn more about our work on our website.


Competitive swimming has always been a huge part of my life. I learned to swim at a very young age, and from the age of 6 to 20 years old, I was a competitive swimmer. Over the years, I went from just learning to swim, to joining a summer league, to swimming for a club team, to swimming for the Cornell Mens Varsity Swim and Dive team during my freshman year of university.

My Best Times

Event Time
50 Yard Freestyle 21.59 seconds
100 Yard Freestyle 46.50 seconds
200 Yard Freestyle 1:39.38
500 Yard Freestyle 4:29.27
1000 Yard Freestyle 9:19.91
1650 Yard Freestyle 15:40.40
400 Yard Individual Medley 4:02.12

Club and Collegiate Swimming

From age 9 to 19, I swam for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, in Mission Viejo, California, beginning my swimming career with them in the 9/10 year old divison. At the age of 12, I represented Southern California Swimming in the 2011 North American Challenge Cup, an international competition between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Eventually, I climbed the ranks and joined the Nadadores' National Group, under Head Coach Bill Rose, at the age of 14, where I continued to train for 5 more years. During my high school career. I swam for my the Varsity Team and, as Captain, led the team to its first League Championship in 19 years. During my senior year of high school, I committed to Cornell University to swim for their Varsity Team and that was one of the best decisions I had ever made, as the friends I had the privilege of swimming with are some of the hardest working, caring, and supportive teammates I have ever had. Being apart of the team at Cornell was such an amazing experience and I would never trade my swimming career and the people I've met over the years for anything. To those of you who have supported me and pushed me harder and harder every day in practice, thank you. It's because of these people that I learned the true meaning of teamwork and discipline and I am forever grateful for it.

My Swimming Career Photo Gallery

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Me swimming the 200 yard freestyle
Diving into the 500 yard freestyle
Diving into the anchor leg of the relay to bring it home!
Diving into the anchor leg of the relay to bring it home!
Diving into the 400 meter freestyle with some of my teammates
Laguna Hills High School CIF Finals Team 2018
Laguna Hills High School CIF Prelims Team 2018
Mission Viejo Nadadores Futures Team 2017
Me with my twin brother Chris and good friend Maija
Laguna Hills High School wins their first League Championship Title in 19 years, 2017
Diving at Cornell
Diving at Cornell
Cornell Men's Team in the locker room before our trimeet with Harvard and Dartmouth
Psyching each other up during our 4x100 free relay during our Harvard/Dartmouth Meet
Swimming the 200 yard freestlye at our trimeet with Princeton and UPenn
Getting ready to race the 500 yard freestyle at one of our championship meets
Getting ready to race the 500 yard freestyle at one of our championship meets
Diving into the 500 yard freestyle at one of our championship meets
Racing my teammates during practice


Disneyland Photo


Kauai Photo


Nature Photo

Nature Photos

Blizzard photos

Blizzard the Pup

NOTE: All photos published here are my own. None of these photos have been taken from anyone and please do not republish these, thank you.