Matthew R. Eatherton

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Matthew Eatherton, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.  He started at Virginia Tech in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Before entering the PhD program, he worked as a practicing structural engineer for seven years, most of which in San Francisco, California designing buildings to resist seismic loads.  His research has focused on understanding and improving the behavior of steel seismic systems, steel moment frame connections, and developing new structural systems with enhanced seismic performance.

He is an active member of the AISC Manuals committee and two AISC technical committees as well as contributing to BSSC PUC issue teams.  In 2016, he received the ASCE Moissef Paper award and the AISC Early Faculty Award.  He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2015, and the AISC Milek Faculty Fellowship in 2012.  At Virginia Tech, he was given the Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor in 2013 and named a Faculty Fellow in 2016.