Matthew Hawks

I 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

Favorite 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)

Friends describe me

as both smart and crazy, but not crazy-smart.

My hobbies

Family, jogging, variety puzzles, reading.

Fantasy dinner guests

Eric Metaxas

Best advice I ever received

You don't have to remember the truth.

My undergrad alma mater

US Naval Academy

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

a 1990 Toyota Celica

If I weren't a professor, I would

be involved in nuclear submarine construction.

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


Nobody knows I

can make this strange sound with my hands

My latest accomplishment

Completing my eighth semester teaching?

Current Research

Graph-theoretic change detection