The author of this web site, Robert Matthews, is a
registered Structural Engineer who has experience in designing various
structures ranging from loading docks to nuclear power plants, fighter
aircraft to hypersonic vehicles and utility bridges to railroad bridges.
His interest in structures led him to develop the Structures Resource Site
with the goal of providing online resources to those interested in
structural analysis and design.
Mr. Matthews studied engineering at Michigan State University and
gained construction experience though summer jobs with the Department of
Transportation and a general building contractor on the way to graduating
with high honor. He started his professional career in 1981 working for Bechtel Power Corporation in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. His work at Bechtel included design of high pressure
steam line structures, fossil fuel power plant structures and nuclear power
plant structures. Mr. Matthews next moved to San Diego, California, where
he worked for General Dynamics Convair
Division. His experience at Convair included
stress analysis for cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles. During his time
with General Dynamics, Mr. Matthews also worked on fighter aircraft at the Ft. Worth
Division and on launch vehicles for the Space Systems Division.
Mr. Matthews is currently employed at AECOM
(formerly Holmes & Narver, Inc.) in Orange, California. His work at
AECOM started with building design for retail stores and air traffic control
facilities. Mr. Matthews' current work includes designing bridges for highway,
railroad and aircraft. He formerly held positions with AECOM as the
Structural Department Manager for Southern California and Regional
Quality Manager for the West Coast and is currently serving as the
Engineering Director for Southern California.
A link to Mr. Matthews' current resume and LinkedIn profile is provided below.