One of only 32 U.S. students, senior Matthew Rogers has been named a Rhodes Scholar and received the honor of studying at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Rogers is majoring in software engineering and will pursue a doctorate in
“This is a great honor for Matthew and Auburn University,” said Auburn University President Steven Leath. “He has excelled throughout his academic career and he epitomizes the Auburn Creed through his commitment to academic studies, dedication to leadership activities and hard work.”
As a student in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the Honors College, Rogers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and is an undergraduate research fellow working with IBM on a Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, crypto-processor in hopes of securing exchanges of information.
Rogers grew up as the son of an Army officer and for much of his life lived on Army posts throughout the country. Since his father’s retirement, Huntsville, Ala. has remained Rogers home.
Rogers worked three summers as an undergraduate research intern at the Huntsville-based Dynetics Inc., where he helped develop malware analysis tools and gave numerous presentations on malware analysis at professional conferences. Rogers is a co-author for several internal reports and has appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning News as well as National Public Radio’s “All Tech Considered.”
“We are so excited for Matthew,” said Paul Harris, Auburn University professor of political science and associate director of the Honors College. “He is such an accomplished young scholar,
Rogers is Auburn’s fifth Rhodes Scholar, following Hugh Long in 1949, Ed Gentle in 1978, Susan Karamanian in 1980 and Jordan Anderson in 2009.
Founded in 1904, the scholarship is one of the oldest international fellowships and is administered by the Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes.