meet matt hausman

Matt Hausman is an aerospace engineer, teacher, and local community leader raised on a family farm in central Illinois.

Hausman has always looked to the horizon, investing himself into making a better future for current and future generations.

As a government and economics teacher and varsity basketball coach at a low-income charter school, Hausman was a role model for students and found creative ways to help them grow and earn life-changing opportunities. He cofounded a non-profit that promoted collaboration and project-based learning in schools and helped develop a handbook used by educators to mentor young students as they seek to make positive social changes. He even spent half a year volunteering for the YMCA’s Prints of Hope program in Bogotá, Colombia.

Hausman began his career as an aerospace engineer, culminating in a three-year stint as a Mission Manager at SpaceX. He oversaw commercial payloads to be delivered to orbit, serving as the primary mission manager for one launch, deputy for another, and on the team for three more. Prior to that, he was an Orbital Analyst for Boeing where he performed mission design and orbital operations for communications satellites. He also taught an introductory orbital mechanics course at an extension of the University of California and was a Research Assistant at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research.

To expand his impact in the community and help shape the next generation, Hausman has led and continues to work for the non-profit group “Feeding Our Kids” which focuses on healthy nutrition for Champaign-area children. The organization provides weekend food bags to over 1,000 children in more than 30 schools. He has volunteered for nonprofits on 15 different projects in 10 countries around the world.

Hausman is also a leader in his community, inspired by the memory of his late grandfather, John Hausman, a well-respected leader in the community who left behind a legacy of integrity and hard work. He serves as a Board Member on the Champaign County Mental Health Board where he promotes and supports local services to help treat and prevent mental health issues in his home county. He is also Vice President of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District Friends Foundation, a team leader for FairVote Illinois, a founding member of Braver Angels of East Central Illinois, and a member of the Champaign West Rotary Club.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado, a Master of Arts degree in General Education at Loyola Marymount, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Born and raised in Pesotum on his family’s 1,500-acre grain farm, Hausman grew up working on that farm as well as a family dairy farm in Flatville. He continues to help on the family grain farm and in the years to come, will assume direction of the farm. Hausman’s rescue dog, Story, enjoys farm life getting spoiled by her fur-grandparents.