Matthew N. Portis is a native of west Akron, Ohio and has always had a strong passion for technology and the outdoors. It was in his native Akron, OH where he embraced nature as a teenager by running the nature trails through Akron’s Sand Run Park. After graduating from Buchtel High school in 1997, Matthew turned his passion for technology into a life long career as a Technologist and Innovator. It was in 2006, while working on a publication from his laptop at an indoor bookstore in Tucson, Arizona, when he found there was a lack of power sockets to charge laptops in the bookstore. In that moment, Matthew had a vision of using solar energy to not just power homes, but to also power everyday devices with solar harvesting technology.
Technologist and visionary Matthew Portis founded SolGreen® in 2009 and led SolGreen® through company growth by focusing on safety, durability and customer satisfaction. Under his leadership by 2015 the company had sold over a dozen SolGreen® Solar tables at college campuses across the US and Canada. Matthew has continued his vision of building tomorrows green technology while investing in new designs and focusing on key design requirements and high quality products. With a vision to lesson the worlds dependence on grid technology, Matthew continues to guide SolGreen® to develop, patent and deliver quality solar technologies that allow everyday consumers to safely harvest solar technology and power on-the-go devices.
Matthew started his career as a process engineer in 2000 at Intel corporations in Las Crusas NM, and later became a contractor with the federal government serving as a Sr Systems Test Engineer with Raytheon. As a test engineer, Matthew was responsible for testing and validating the accuracy of the defending Patriot missile (PAC-3), and AAMRAM (F-18) missile. Additionally, Matthew has worked as technical contractor with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department Of Justice (DOJ) and the US ARMY PEO Solider, Mounted Soldier System.
Matthew holds a Masters of Science in Engineering Management from the George Washington University’s, School of Engineering and Science; and a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University.
Matthew is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, eta psi lambda Spring 2008 chapter.
In 2012, in recognition for his outstanding technical innovation in the exploration and development of emerging technology, Matthew was awarded an Innovation in Technology Award from the National Society of Black Engineers, Washington DC chapter. Along with his passion for technology and innovation, Matthew is an advocate for environmental preservation and awareness, a published fiction writer, cycle instructor, and triathlete completing over 18 Olympic distance Triathlons since 2009.
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