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About Elizabeth Matthews

Elizabeth Matthews, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE is Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology at Louisiana Tech University.  She received her PhD in Engineering Science from Louisiana State University in 2015. Her area of expertise is sustainable and resilient construction of structures and infrastructure. Before joining Louisiana Tech, Dr. Matthews worked as a Civil Engineer/Benefit-Cost Analyst within the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Prior to working for FEMA, Dr. Matthews completed a doctoral degree at Louisiana State University. Her doctoral research focused on developing methodologies for quantifying environmental impacts of flood and wind repairs to a single-family residential building. The methodologies developed helped to identify resilient design choices that could help reduce building life-cycle environmental impacts. Dr. Matthews completed a master’s degree at Louisiana Tech University, which included research that helped to identify flood impacts to buried infrastructure. She also has experience with the U.S. Army as a civil engineer working on public works projects. She is currently leading a funded project through the Trenchless Technology Research Center at Louisiana Tech, aimed at evaluating air pollution and worker safety on cured-in-place pipe projects.


Present Assistant Professor, Louisiana Tech University Civil Engineering


2018 - 2019 Environmental Impact of Steam Cured CIPP Technology
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
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  • Sustainability of Above Ground Structures (CVEN 455): Risk, safety and liability in achieving sustainability of structures; condition assessment, causes of distress and deterioration of structures.
  • Water Resources I (CVEN 310): Hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of precipitation and runoff, storm water management, detention basin design, flood control and flood frequency analysis.
  • Environmental Engineering (CVEN 314): Topics covered include water and wastewater management, air and sound pollution management and control, and sustainability.
  • Sustainable Construction (CVEN 442): Introduction to the construction of high performance buildings, use of design standards to realize the ecological and economic benefits of sustainable projects.


2011 - 2015 Ph.D., Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
2005 - 2007 M.S., Louisiana Tech University
2001 - 2005 B.S., Louisiana Tech University ‐ Civil Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: 318-257-3350
Fax: 318-257-2562
Office: BOGH 238

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