Matthew Chan was born in Calgary, Alberta. He moved to Novato, California in the first grade and navigated his way through the public school system from elementary school to college. He received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2007, as well as his Master of Science Degree in November 2010, both from the University of California, Berkeley.
As an undergraduate student, he conducted research on Silicon Carbide Encapsulation for Harsh Environment Applications under the advisement of Professor Al Pisano and the mentorship of (now Professor) Debbie Senesky. He desired to stay on at UCB to continue working with Silicon Carbide as a graduate student with the Pisano Lab.
Matthew is currently finishing his PhD research on harsh environment packaging for silicon carbide MEMS. His intended graduation date is May 2013.