Matthew A. Lewis most recently was working at Intel Corporation as a Manufacturing Technician with the Lithography Operations team. He was on-site at the Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Ariz. Prior to joining Intel, he was a contractor at Intel’s high-volume wafer production factory for about two years.
Lewis has held a variety of other jobs before entering the semiconductor industry.
In addition to his work, he also cherishes his volunteer work with the Si Se Puede Foundation (SSPF); which is where he has served as Special Events Coordinator for the better part of a decade.
His brother, Craig, was the first to join the robotics team sponsored by the foundation. Later Greg, his father, began volunteering and Lewis followed suit.
Not long after he began volunteering, his role quickly evolved into something more. Lewis was involved with several of SSPF’s programs, including the Youth Soccer League, the S.T.E.M initiatives, and also the Scholar’s Programming and his talents did not go unnoticed as he was asked to take on more and more responsibilities.
Lewis has always held a variety of interests; however, from an early age, he loved to read and write and was determined to become a published novelist of fiction.
In elementary school, he even a published book (as part of a school project – but still, Goal: Accomplished!).
Once he realized being an author was a tough and often not so lucrative career, he decided to look elsewhere. In high school, his English teacher liked his writing and suggested he join the school’s newspaper. From then on, his love of Journalism not only had been sprouted but began to blossom.
His first major story to cause controversy (and a sense of pride in reporting for Lewis) was on the treatment of homosexual students at his school. He wrote the story with an introspective approach, first thinking about how he had been treating LGBTQA+ students and then how the school was.
He framed the story using an anecdote about a young man who was killed simply because of his gay lifestyle. The powerful imagery and the political and personal nature of the story struck a chord with readers, parents and administrators alike. Several students (or more than likely parents) complained about the subject matter addressed in the article. The entire staff and the school administration backed Lewis’s reporting. Another big story Lewis tackled (with a great sense of irony – I might add) was drug and steroid testing that began during his Senior year of high school. Lewis was on the golf team and after the article came out, he was “randomly” selected to be tested.
After high school, Lewis dove deep in to the World of Journalism. He joined his college newspaper, majored in Journalism, took on a number of newspaper internships, and even served on the executive board of several professional development organizations.