Seawolf Advisory!

This morning, our Facilities and Campus Services team was made aware of a pothole that shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard between UAA Drive and Career Center Drive. It has since been upgraded to a sinkhole, and the lanes will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews repair the damage. We anticipate the closure will extend through the week.

Finals week is a very stressful time for students. Students, please know that your professors have been made aware of the situation. Please communicate with them any delays you may experience due to this issue. We know this is an unexpected traffic challenge. Please take a deep breath. We want you to have a smooth and safe finals week.

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