Matthew Ohland

Matthew Ohland

Mailing Addresses
Office: ARMS 1305
Phone: (765) 496-1316
Fax: (765) 494-5819


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Florida
M.S., Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Engineering, Swarthmore College
B.A., Religion, Swarthmore College

Research Interests

Longitudinal study of engineering students / persistence / progression
Peer evaluation / Team formation

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of over $14.6 million in NSF-sponsored research
  • Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Teaching at Purdue University, 2015
  • Fellow of American Society for Engineering Education and IEEE.
  • Also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • William Elgin Wickenden Award (recognizing best paper in Journal of Engineering Education), 2008 and 2011.
  • Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware, awarded by Engineering Pathways / NEEDS, awarded at the Frontiers in Education 2009, October 20, 2009.
  • FIE Benjamin J. Dasher Award for Best Paper of the Frontiers in Education Conference, 2004
  • Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, Facilitator since 1996, President 2002-2006, District Director 2008-2011, Chief Advisor at Purdue since 2007.
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Alpha Sigma Mu Materials Engineering Honor Society

Advice for the First-Year Engineer

Learn to recognize opportunity. When something excites you, figure out why. If the reasons are healthy, follow your passion. You probably have better instincts than most people do about what drives you. This doesn't mean that you don't need to be willing to work for, and sometimes wait for, the things you want.

Fun Facts

When I was 15 years old, I told my mom that I had met the woman I was going to marry -- and we got married six years later. She was worth waiting for. I won a ribbon in the "Dairy Cattle Olympics" at the New York State Fair. For more than 30 years, my mom kept the uniform I wore as "The Nutcracker" in 5th grade. I've been to 49 of the 50 states -- I'll get to Alaska sometime.