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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Douglas Matson

Associate Professor

Douglas Matson

Associate Professor

Phone 617-627-5742
Robinson Hall, Room 166
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
solidification processes, thermal manufacturing, machine design, materials science
Education: 
Ph.D., Materials Engineering, MIT, 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: 

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

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2009: MSL-EML U.S. Facility Scientist
  • 2002: Award for Excellence in Teaching, ASME Tufts Student Chapter
  • 1997: MSL-1 Lead Scientist for TEMPUS facility, Columbia STS-83/STS-94 missions
  • 1992: Professional of the Year, Northern Alabama Chapter of ASM
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer, CA
  • 2004-present: Faculty Advisor, Tufts Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders
  • 2009: Member, ESA International Topical Team on Solidification (SOL-EML)
  • 2008: Member, ESA International Topical Team on Thermophysical Properties (ThermoLab)
  • 1992: President, American Society for Materials (ASM) North Alabama Chapter