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Douglas Matson

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Douglas Matson

Douglas Matson

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-5742
Robinson Hall, Room 166
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
solidification processes, thermal manufacturing, machine design, materials science
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
Professional Experience: 

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


Erskine Teaching Fellowship, University of Canterbury

2009-2011, 2004-2007:

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

  • 2002-2003: Visiting Professor
  • 1993-2001: Lecturer and Research Scientist

Principal Investigator and Lead Materials Engineer, Materials and Processes Laboratory, Aerojet Propulsion Division, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


Lead Test Engineer, Aerojet Techsystems Company

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