Matt Strasbourg is Graduate student in the department of Physics. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2017. His research interests are in experimental condensed matter physics. He is currently working as a member of the Borys research group to make optical measurements of quantum-mechanical systems at cryogenic temperatures to probe the underlying physical properties of novel 2D materials. The objective of this work is to better understand the mechanisms that give rise to the complex energetic landscape of these systems. In his spare time, he enjoys taking advantage of Bozeman’s ample opportunities for outdoor recreation through activities such as rock climbing, skiing and trail running.