Photo of Matthew Ballard, Ph.D., in the Abbey courtyard
August 24, 2017

Saint Martin's announces the new faculty member for the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. 

LACEY, Wash. — Saint Martin’s Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering will add Matthew Ballard, Ph.D., as assistant professor of mechanical engineering to its faculty this fall.

David Olwell, Ph.D., dean of the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, spoke about how Ballard will contribute to the University community through his experience. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ballard and his family to Saint Martin’s University. Dr. Ballard brings excellent academic credentials, superb teaching skills, and practical engineering experience to the classroom. He will be a great addition to the mechanical engineering faculty.”

Ballard earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with an emphasis on fluid dynamics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia. He most recently served as an instructor of mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Lorraine, which is located in Metz, France. He has also worked as a graduate research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology; as a graduate student intern at Sandia National Laboratories, in Livermore, California; and as a flight test engineer and mechanical engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, in China Lake, California. He obtained his master’s degree in mechanical engineering, with an emphasis on fluid dynamics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, with a minor in mathematics, from Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. His research interests involve computational modeling and simulation, with an emphasis on fluid mechanics and fluid-solid interactions in applications including biological systems and the design of microfluidic devices.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

David Olwell, Ph.D.
Dean, Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
360-688-2731; dolwell@stmartin.edu

Hopie Lopez
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
360-688-2731; hlopez@stmartin.edu

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager
360-412-6126; khyde@stmartin.edu