Matt Hidek holds a wide range of professional experience and qualifications. He is skilled in disaster preparedness, community planning, mapping, urban studies, and geopolitics as well as mentoring, teaching, and research. He has returned to higher education after recovering from a significant injury, and joins the IVMF as a Research Associate focusing on strategic planning.
After graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1992, Hidek’s initial career path took him to positions working with at-risk urban youth in Boston, Baltimore, and Connecticut. He then served for 5 years on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1996 to 2001– initially as an enlisted topographic engineer with the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina – then later as a commissioned officer with 1/27 Field Artillery (V Corps) in Central Germany. Hidek graduated from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
After leaving the Army due to injury, Hidek served on government teams within the intelligence community from 2001 to 2004. While working in this capacity, he completed graduate school through the U.S. Veteran Administration’s vocational rehabilitation program, earning a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University. Hidek came to Syracuse University and the Maxwell School in 2004, earning a Ph.D. in Social Science in 2010. Hidek also owns and operates a service-disabled veteran-owned business, Open Charter Associates. He has received several research grants for individual and collaborative projects, notably from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. Hidek enjoys mentoring and teaching young adults including veterans, students, and athletes. He lives in Syracuse with his wife Melissa, their two daughters, and two dogs.