Faculty and Staff
|Title:||Associate Professor and Graduate Director
|Department:||Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
- PhD, Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA, 2007
- Laurea (5-year program), Civil Engineering, University of Padova, Italy, 2003
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 stressors. Areas of interest include: affordable and high-quality dwelling structures for hazard mitigation; 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 US Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and industry.
- Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2016–present; Assistant Professor 2010–2015).
- Graduate Director, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2015–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 (2009–2010).
- Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (2007–2010).
- Associate Director, National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for “Repair of Buildings and Bridges with Composites,” University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (2007–2009).
Research Projects (selected)
- “Collaborative Research: Engineered Earth Masonry for Affordable Seismic Resistant Low-Rise Buildings,” award 1537776, National Science Foundation, 2015–2019. Role: PI, Lead Institution (with: M. Barbato, PI at University of California, Davis; USC Co-PIs: C. Pierce, M. Sutton).
- “Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities,” subaward 1750-219-2020199 to DE-SC0012530, US Department of Energy/EPSCoR, 2014-2019. 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,” award TLAM/TODEM 3260/33100, Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI), 2014–2016. Role: PI.
- “EAGER/Collaborative Research: Overcoming Barriers to Adoption of Sustainable and Resilient Building Materials in Coastal Areas of Southern Mexico,” award 1321489, National Science Foundation, 2013–2017. Role: PI (USC Co-PI: A. Johnson, USC. Lead institution: The City College of New York; PI: J. Biles; Co-PIs: L. Bank, E. Obonyo).
- “NUE: Nanotechnology LINK: An Integrated Approach for Nanotechnology Education: End-of-life Management of Nanomaterial-Containing Wastes,” award 1343756, National Science Foundation, 2013–2016. 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,” award 1131161, National Science Foundation, 2011–2015. Role: PI, Lead Institution (with: E. Erdogmus, PI at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and E. Obonyo, PI at University of Florida).
- Editor-in-Chief, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction.
- Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.
- Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
- Voting Member, ACI Committee 241 (Nanotechnology of Concrete).
- Voting Member, ACI Committee 446 (Fracture Mechanics of Concrete).
- Associate Member, ACI Committee 440 (Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement).
Awards and honors (selected)
- 2018 Distinguished Research Service Award, University of South Carolina.
- 2017 ASCE Associate Editor Award.
- 2010 Outstanding Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.
- 2009 Best Technical Paper Award, track “Infrastructure and Construction,” Composites & Polycon, 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).
- 2002-2003 University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) Scholarship, University of Padova and University of California, San Diego.
- “Size-Dependent Shear-Compression Fracture and Aggregate Interlocking in Concrete Beams Reinforced with GFRP Bars: Computational Simulation and Experimental Verification,” keynote presentation, International Symposium for Emerging Researchers in Composites for Infrastructure (ISERCI 2018), Tsinghua University, July 12, 2018, Beijing, China.
- “Engineering for the Other 90%: Earth Masonry for Sustainable Tornado-Resistant Dwellings in US,” invited seminar, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, March 9, 2016, New York, NY.
- “Assessment of Early Corrosion in Prestressed Concrete Based on Open-Circuit Potential and Polarization Resistance,” invited presentation, 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.
- “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,” invited presentation, 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.