Director of the Trenchless Technology Center & Associate Professor, Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Matthews has over 17 years of experience in the rehabilitation and inspection of infrastructure systems. He is the Director of the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), the Eminent Scholar Chair in Construction, and an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering Technology at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to rejoining the TTC, he served as the Pipe Renewal Service Line Manager at Pure Technologies providing clients with guidance on the selection and use of trenchless rehabilitation technologies. Prior to joining Pure, he served as Battelle’s Water Infrastructure Management Lead, where he led multiple water and sewer infrastructure research studies. Prior to joining Battelle, he led multiple projects at the TTC relating to the development of automated decision support systems for technology selection. He has also been involved in numerous projects relating to condition assessment technology selection and field evaluation of trenchless rehabilitation technologies.
He has given over 180 conference presentations and authored more than 260 publications in the area of trenchless technology for which he has received two International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) No-Dig Awards (2005, 2012) and a North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) Outstanding Paper Award (2015). He has been an active member of NASTT since 2003, serving on the No-Dig Program Committee and various other committees. He also serves as a NASTT Course Instructor for both the Laterals Good Practices and Intro to Trenchless Technology – Rehabilitation Good Practices Courses. He was elected to the ISTT Board of Directors in 2020. In 2013, he was awarded the NASTT Trent Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement and in 2021 he was awarded the NASTT Chair Award for Distinguished Service. He is also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) and he currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Trenchless Technology Magazine. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice.