Matthew Calhoun

Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering
EIB 301O


PhD Civil Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
MS Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
BS Civil Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage


Matt Calhoun is an Athabaskan Indian from the Upper Kuskokwim River region who grew up in Homer, Alaska. In 2002 he was one of the first ANSEP students to graduate and earned a B.S. in civil engineering from UAA. After working for a number of years on remote construction projects throughout Alaska, he returned to work with ANSEP as Pre-College Program Direction with the purpose of motivating and empowering more Alaska Native high school students to pursue a degree in science or engineering. Matt has now earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering and his research focuses on cost-effective solutions for cold regions and sustainability.

Teaching Responsibilities

Properties of Materials (CE A334)
Fluid Mechanics (ES A341)
Introduction to Engineering (ENGR A151)

Professional & Department Service

Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnerships (SIGP) Coordinator for ANSEP
ANSEP researcher and faculty advisor for ANSEP's 1500+ pre-college and university students

Research Interests

Cost-effective solutions for Alaska
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education


Calhoun, M. and Schroeder, H. (2014). “Do it right the first time.” Proceedings of the 6th Annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference: Enhancing the First Year of Engineering Education, ASEE, College Station, Texas, August 7-8, 2014.

Hallowell, M.R., and Calhoun, M.E. (2011). “Interrelationships among highly effective construction injury prevention strategies.” J. Constr. Eng. Manage., ASCE, 137(11), 985-993.

Calhoun, M.E. and Hallowell, M.R. (2010). “Interrelationships among construction safety program elements: A cross-impact analysis.” Proceedings of the 2010 Construction Research Congress, ASCE, Banff, AB, Canada, May 8-11, 2010.