Rocketmix was created by two UC Irvine professors (hence the anteater) who wanted to make their courses better.  Our mission is to offer insightful content, an engaging experience, and a terrific value.


Matthew Beckmann, Ph.D.

Matthew Beckmann is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Irvine and a Co-Founder of Rocketmix.  Matt’s research and teaching explores politics in the United States, especially those related to the modern presidency.  Author of Pushing the Agenda: Presidential Leadership in US Lawmaking 1953-2004, Matt is currently writing a new book on presidential decision-making in the media age.

In 2015, Matt was awarded UC Irvine’s 2014-15 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.  In 2016, Matt (and Marcelo) won UCI's Instructional Technology Innovation Award.  He received his B.A. from UCLA and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Marcelo Wood, Ph.D.

Marcelo Wood is Chair of the Neurobiology and Behavior Department at UC Irvine and a Co-Founder of Rocketmix.  Marcelo’s lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying long-term memory processes and drug-seeking behavior, with specific insights for the developing field of epigenetics. 

In 2014, Marcelo was recognized as "Professor of the Year" at UC Irvine’s Celebration of Teaching Award Ceremony.   In 2016, Marcelo (and Matt) won UCI's Instructional Technology Innovation.  He received his B.S. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.