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Douglas M. Matson
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D., Materials Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
M.S., Material Science, University of California, Davis, 1992
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Sacramento, 1988
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 1979

Research Interests

Dr. Matson focuses on the science of engineered materials and in training Tufts students as leaders in the production, processing, and manufacture of metal, plastic, ceramic, and biomaterial products.  To this end, he has concentrated on three main areas of research.  These are solidification and space processing, advanced materials, and engineering education outreach and service learning.

Professional Positions

2001-present Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Tufts University
2008 Erskine Teaching Fellowship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch NZ
2009-11 Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, UMass-Amherst
2004-07 Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, UMass-Amherst
2002-03 Visiting Professor, Dept. of Mat. Sci. and Engineering., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1993-01 Lecturer / Research Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1989-92 Principal Investigator and Lead Materials Engineer, Materials and Processes Laboratory, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Aerojet Propulsion Division, Huntsville AL
1979-89 Lead Test Engineer, Aerojet Techsystems Company, Sacramento CA

Selected Honors and Awards

2009 MSL-EML US Facility Scientist for NASA/ESA microgravity flight experiment on the International Space Station
2002 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tufts ASME student chapter
1999 Payload Specialist, NASA parabolic aircraft TEMPUS flight campaigns
1997 MSL-1 Lead Scientist for TEMPUS facility, Columbia STS-83/STS-94 missions
1992 Northern Alabama Chapter of ASM Professional of the Year

Selected Professional Activities

  • Faculty Advisor to Tufts student chapter Engineers without Borders (2004 â€" present)
  • ESA International Topical Team on Solidification (SOL-EML) member (2009)
  • ESA International Topical Team on Thermophysical Properties (ThermoLab) member (2008)
  • Symposium organizer for "Materials Science at High Temperature" NIST Thermophysical Properties (2009, 2012)
  • Symposium organizer for "Materials Science in Reduced Gravity" TMS Annual Meeting (2012, 2013)
  • Symposium organizer for "Automotive Light Metal Casting" TMS MS&T (2007)
  • Symposium organizer for "Electromagnetics in Materials Processing" TMS MS&T (2005)
  • Editor of the book "Solidification of Containerless Undercooled Melts", D.M. Herlach and D.M. Matson eds., Wiley-VCH (2012)
  • President, American Society for Materials (ASM) North Alabama Chapter (1992)
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Chemical Engineering, State of California