The annual Distinguished Alumni Reception recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary alum from each of the academic programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Those honored are nominated by department chairs, faculty and staff, based on criteria that includes professional accomplishments, awards, philanthropy, service and contributions to the college and university community.
In Fall 2017, the Bachelor of Individualized Study program honored Matthew Shultz ‘16. Matthew is an Information Security Specialist for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. He holds GCIA, GRID, CISSP, and CRISC certifications, and performs research in various areas of cyber security, providing recommendations and position papers to aid senior leadership decision-making as well as guidance and recommendations to organizations on the reduction of cyber risk through the use of best practices.
From 2006 to 2016, he served as a program manager, senior program manager, and senior principal security analyst with General Dynamics Information Technology. Since 1999, he has also served his community at the Arcola Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, where he is now the Fire Battalion Chief.
Matthew graduated from Mason’s Bachelor of Individualized Studies program in 2016. His capstone project was an overview of the policy on personal use of social media and the use of personal electronic devices within the Loudoun County Fire Department. Not only was this project recognized with two departmental awards – the Outstanding Project in the Public Interest and the Robert T. Hawkes, Jr. Award for Outstanding BIS Project – but in February of this year he presented his work to the department, which has adopted it as official policy. This will affect nearly 2,000 members of the combined fire and rescue system, and it is now a resource for other agencies to use as a model policy.