Matt A Wood graduated with a BS degree in Physics from Iowa State University, and Master’s and PhD degrees in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. He spent a year as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université de Montreal in Quebec before accepting a position as assistant professor at The Florida Institute of Technology. He spent the 2008–2009 academic year on sabbatical at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where he was first introduced to the Python programming language. In 2012, he joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce as department head. His current research focuses on mass-transfer binary star systems known as cataclysmic variables. He has been an author on more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, and a similar number of non-refereed publications. He lives in Greenville, Texas, and when not doing astronomy or administrative tasks he enjoys playing guitar and bass, walking his Doberman, Dexter, and exploring the world with his wife Janie.