Faculty and Staff
|Department:||Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Dr. Matta’s team conducts experimental and theoretical research on construction materials and their structural performance, ranging from affordable and high-quality earth masonry to advanced cement- and polymer-matrix composites, with an emphasis on extreme loads. Areas of interest include: affordable and hazard-resistant dwelling structures; strengthening and repair of civil structures; multi-scale and multi-functional reinforcement for cement composites and concrete; load testing, monitoring and assessment of constructed facilities; and corrosion in steel and concrete structures. Research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Energy, and industry.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2/2010–present).
- Associate Director and Co-PI, National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for “Integration of Composites into Infrastructure,” University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (8/2009–1/2010).
- Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (8/2007–1/2010).
- Associate Director, National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for “Repair of Buildings and Bridges with Composites,” University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (8/2007–7/2009).
Current Projects (selected)
- “Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities,” subaward 1750-219-2020199 to DE-SC0012530, US Department of Energy/EPSCoR, $1,035,000 (total project: $5,250,000), 08/15/2014-08/14/2017. Role: Co-PI (USC Co-PIs: J. Flora, J. Caicedo, T. Knight, P. Ziehl; Project PI: B. Powell, Clemson University).
- “Prevention, Assessment and Remediation of Corrosion in Corten Steel Transmission Line Structures,” #TLAM/TODEM 3260/33100, Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI), $93,400, 8/1/2014–1/31/2016. Role: PI.
- “EAGER/Collaborative Research: Overcoming Barriers to Adoption of Sustainable and Resilient Building Materials in Coastal Areas of Southern Mexico,” CBET-1321489, National Science Foundation, $143,138 (total project: $299,989), 6/15/2013–5/31/2016. Role: PI (USC Co-PI: A. Johnson, USC. Lead institution: The City College of New York; PI: J.J. Biles; Co-PIs: L.C. Bank, E. Obonyo).
- “NUE: Nanotechnology LINK: An Integrated Approach for Nanotechnology Education: End-of-life Management of Nanomaterial-Containing Wastes,” EEC-1343756, National Science Foundation, $197,944, 9/1/2013–8/31/2015. Role: Co-PI (PI: N. Berge; Co-PIs: J. Caicedo, C. Pierce, Y. Yoon).
- “Collaborative Research: Resilient and Sustainable Engineered Fiber-Reinforced Earthen Masonry for High Wind Regions,” CMMI-1131161, National Science Foundation, $106,000 (total project: $281,053), 9/1/2011–8/31/2015. Role: PI, Lead Institution (with: E. Erdogmus, PI at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and E. Obonyo, PI at University of Florida).
Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering
Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
Member, ACI Committee 446 (Fracture Mechanics of Concrete).
Associate Member, ACI Committee 440 (Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement).
Council Member, International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC).
Awards and honors (selected)
- 2014 Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence-I (ASPIRE-I) Award, University of South Carolina.
- 2011 Promising Investigator Research Award (PIRA), University of South Carolina.
- 2010 Outstanding Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.
- NSF delegate (three times): International Workshop “The Next Building Blocks – Designing the Future of Earthen Block Construction,” November 5-7, 2010, Boulder, CO; 16th International Conference on Mechanics of Composite Materials (MCM-2010), May 24-28, 2010, Riga, Latvia; International Workshop on Use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Sustainable Structures, May 22, 2008, Cairo, Egypt.
- Best Technical Paper Award, track “Infrastructure and Construction,” Composites & Polycon 2009, American Composites Manufacturers Association (co-recipient).
- 2006 Construction Innovation Forum NOVA Award for Outstanding Innovation in Construction (finalist).
- 2006 ASCE/CERF C.J. Pankow Award for Innovation (runner-up).
- Education Abroad Program (EAP) Scholarship, University of Padova and University of California, 2002-2003.
“Graphene Nanoreinforcement for Cement Composites,” 5th International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction (NICOM5), May 24-26, 2015, Chicago, IL.
“Assessment of Early Corrosion in Prestressed Concrete Based on Open-Circuit Potential and Polarization Resistance,” Sustainable Performance of Concrete Bridges and Elements Subject to Aggressive Environments: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation (ACI Committee 345 and 201, Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 343), ACI Fall 2014 Convention, October 28, 2014, Washington, DC.
“Corrosion Assessment of Tubular Steel Poles,” CEATI Overhead Line Design & Extreme Event Mitigation (TODEM) Meeting, April 10, 2014, Chicago, IL.
“Bio-Inspired Polymeric Binder for Sustainable and Resilient Cement Composites,” ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference (EMI 2013) — Symposium in honor of Prof. S.P. Shah: “Green Concrete: Materials Science for Improved Sustainability of Infrastructure Materials,” August 5, 2013, Evanston, IL.
“Graphene Nanoplates and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for High-Performance Cement Composites,” 7th MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics — Special Session: Multiscale Multiphysics Mechanics of Ultra-High Performance Cementitious Composites, June 14, 2013, Cambridge, MA.
“Shear Strength of FRP Reinforced Concrete Beams without Stirrups: Verification of Fracture Mechanics Formulation,” A Fracture Approach for FRP-Concrete Structures (ACI Committee 440 and 446), ACI Spring 2012 Convention, March 20, 2012, Dallas, TX.
“From “Aiding” to “Enabling”: Sustainable Masonry Retrofit and Repair for the Other 90%,” NSF International Workshop “The Next Building Blocks – Designing the Future of Earthen Block Construction,” November 6, 2010, Boulder, CO.
“Industry/University Cooperative Research on Advanced Composite Reinforcement for Concrete: Translating Innovation into Sustainable Engineering Practice,” NSF International Workshop on the Use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Sustainable Structures, May 22, 2008, Cairo, Egypt.
- PhD, Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA, 2007.
- BS/MS (5-year program), Civil Engineering, University of Padova, Italy, 2003.