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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Fabio Matta

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-1917
Fax: 803-777-0670
Fabio Matta


Research Interests

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).

Professional Service

  • 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.

Presentations (selected)

  • “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.