Matthew Belford is an Innovation fellow who is Studying Mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. His focuses are centered on design, and design thinking in order to find new solutions to the world’s problems. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew moved out to Silicon Valley in order to pursue his dreams of being an innovative mechanical engineer.
At Santa Clara University, he is highly involved in the club “Santa Clara Innovation and Design.” Teaching young students the importance of design thinking in not only engineering, but also every other field of study. It was through this club that he found out about the Innovation Fellows program. As a part of this Club, he has helped organize Santa Clara’s second annual Designation, and at this time is helping to organize the Third annual.
Matthew has always been interested in engineering and design from a young age. Last year, he designed an electric long board from scratch, and over this past summer he designed an affordable locking iPad stand to attach to maid carts in order to increase efficiency for Microtel Inn & Suites in Council Bluffs, Iowa.