Matthew Hawks

Matt HawksI have experienced several twists in my journey, all not what I was trying to do, all involving some risk I wanted to avoid, but all ultimately for the better.
As a young man in college, I resolved not to get married until after I had experienced Navy life at sea. Why put a wife through that, when there are so many divorces? Better to stay single and avoid the risk of failure. But then I met my future wife, we had a whirlwind romance, and I got married two weeks before I reported to a submarine for three years of “extremely arduous sea duty.” By God’s grace, we stayed together. We now have seven children, and recently celebrated our 20th anniversary.

My life

  • Friends describe me
    as both smart and crazy, but not crazy-smart.
  • Hobbies
    Family, jogging, variety puzzles, reading.
  • Fantasy dinner guests
    Eric Metaxas
  • In college I drove
    a 1990 Toyota Celica
  • Worst school subject
    History
  • College for undergrad degree
    US Naval Academy
  • Best advice I ever got
    You don't have to remember the truth.
  • Favorite books
    The Genesis Flood (non-fiction), The Space Trilogy (fiction)
  • Favorite movies
    The Spitfire Grill, The Hunt for Red October, Master & Commander
  • Favorite coffee
    Free
  • Nobody knows I
    ...is not something I will post on a website.
  • If I were not a professor, I would
    be involved in submarine construction.
  • Latest accomplishment
    My daughter is getting braces?
  • Current research
    Graph-theoretic change detection
  • Quote

    I find this comes in handy since I have 7 children:
    "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Jesus Christ, as quoted in Matthew 6:31-34 (NIV)

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