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matt cullin

Matt Cullin

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
EIB 409C


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2009

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2008

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2006

Teaching Responsibilities

  • ME A414: Thermal Systems Design (HVAC)
  • ENGR A251: Engineering Practices III
  • ME A664: Corrosion Processes and Engineering
  • ME A453/A653: Renewable Energy Systems Engineering
  • ES A208: Engineering Mechanics
  • ENGR A161: Engineering Practices II
  • ENGR A151: Introduction to Engineering

Professional & Department Service

  • 2012-2013, Faculty advisor to SAE Baja team
  • 2011-2013, Faculty advisor to National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) student chapter
  • 2011-2013, Member, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) scholarship committee
  • 2010-2013, FIRST Robotics Volunteer: Mentor, Head Referee, Judge Advisor, Event Coordinator
  • 2009-2010, Faculty advisor to American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE) student Chapter

Research Interests

Corrosion, failure analysis, fatigue, materials testing, compliant mechanisms, engineering education
  • 2014, PI, "Evaluation of corrosion of copper piping at Eklutna water treatment facility."
  • 2013, PI, "Implementation of a Joint Failure Analysis and Corrosion Testing (FACT) Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage."
  • 2013, PI, "Lake Otis Drive water main failure analysis," Anchorage Wastewater and Water Utility
  • 2013, PI, "Corrosion under insulation (CUI) microanalysis," BP Alaska
  • 2013, PI, "Bethel water treatment facility monoethylene glycol heating line corrosion failure"
  • 2013, PI, "Case iron sanitary line corrosion failure," UAA Facilities, Planning, and Construction
  • 2012, PI, "Investigation of corrosion rates and mechanisms of steel in monoethylene glycol solutions," BP Alaska
  • 2011-2013, Co-investigator, "Experimental measurement of flexure compliance values," independent
  • 2010-2013, Task PI, "Cold climate turbine operation," U.S. Department of Energy


M Cullin, T Petersen, N Lobontiu, T Kirk. "Experimental determination of planar compliance values of flexures." Measurement, Accepted. (2014) 
M Cullin, T Petersen, A Paris. "Corrosion fatigue failure of a gray cast iron water main." J. of Pipe. Syst. –Eng. and Pract., Accepted, publishing pending. (2014) 
N Lobontiu, M Cullin, T Petersen, J Alcazar, S Noveanu. "Planar compliances of symmetric notch flexure hinges: the right circularly corner-filleted parabolic design." IEEE Trans. Automation Sci. Eng. Accepted, publishing pending. (2013) doi: 10.1109/TASE.2012.2228853 
N Lobontiu, M Cullin, M Ali, J Hoffman. "Planar compliances of thin circular-axis flexure hinges with midpoint radial symmetry." Mech. Based Des. Struct. Mach. 41.2 (2013): 202-221. 
N Lobontiu, M Cullin, J Hoffman, M. Ali, "Circular-Axis Flexure Hinges", International IMT Oradea Conference Paper (2013).
N Lobontiu, M Cullin. "In-plane elastic response of two-segment circular-axis symmetric notch flexure hinges: The right circular design." Precision Engineering 37.3 (2013): 542-555. 
N Lobontiu, M Cullin, E Garcia, J McFerran, M Ali. "Compliances of symmetric flexure hinges for planar compliant mechanisms." 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2012) 
M J Cullin, D G Harlow, R P Wei. "Modeling and simulation of constituent particle clustering and distribution in rolled aluminum alloys." Mod. and Sim. in Materials Sci. and Eng. 19.3 (2011) 
N Lobontiu, M Cullin, M Ali, J Brock. "A generalized analytical compliance model for transversely symmetric three-segment flexure hinges." Review of Sci. Inst. 82.10 (2011) 
A Paris, A Bergeron., M Cullin, A Munk, "Fatigue behavior of stainless steel, titanium, and cobalt chromium molybdenum spinal rods", ASME Conference Paper (2010).

Career History/Work Experience

2014-Present, Associate Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Mechanical Engineering

2009-2014, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage,  Department of Mechanical Engineering

2012-Present, Director, BP Asset Integrity and Corrosion Lab,  University of Alaska Anchorage