Matthias Beck studied at the University of Würzburg, SUNY Oneonta, and Temple University. After postdoctoral positions at SUNY Binghamton, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Max-Planck-Institute in Bonn, he has been teaching at San Francisco State University since 2004. Matt’s research is in combinatorics and number theory, in particular, counting integer points in polyhedra and the application of these enumeration functions to various mathematical topics and problems. He was one of the founders of the San Francisco Math Circle and has been a guest at numerous student and teacher math circles, as well as AIM’s Immersion Workshops. Matt was honored with the Mathematical Association of America’s Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in 2013. When he is not trying to turn coffee into theorems, you might look for him biking in the Oakland hills, baking bread, making music, or on a long walk with his wife Tendai and their four-legged companion Chikumi.