Dr. Matthew C. Pierson


Cooperative Engineering Program

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Cooperative Engineering Program
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD Geotechnical Engineering, 2010, The University of Kansas
  • MS Geotechnical Engineering, 2008, The University of Kansas
  • BS Civil Engineering, 2006, The University of Kansas

Research and professional interests

  • Mechanically stabilized Earth walls
  • Foundation load tests
  • 3D simulation of earth structures
  • 3D simulation of rivers
  • Direct tension tests of concrete
  • Test instrumentation

Awards and honors

  • Guy Mace/Turblex Engineering Professorship, 2016-2020
  • Foundation Award for Excellence in Service, Missouri State University, May 2015

Scholarships and grants

  • SpahrBorel Graduate Fellowship Fund ($7,000)
  • Conference Scholarship, Deep Foundations Institute Trust
  • Bert and Dorothy Steves Memorial Scholarship ($3,500)
  • Spahr-Borel Graduate Fellowship Fund ($3,500)
  • Bellows Fellowship ($5,000), KU Civil Environmental and Architectural Department
  • Preston T. Bennett Scholarship ($2,000), KU Endowment

Professional organizations

  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Missouri Society of Professional Engineers
  • The University of Kansas Geotechnical Society