Dr. Matthew C. Carroll, Ph.D


Office: PMEC 120

Tel:  (409) 740 - 4473

Fax: (409) 741 - 7153

E-mail: carrollm@tamug.edu

Educational Background:                                                                          

Lafayette College
Easton, Pennsylvania (1974)

Master of Science:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois (1982)

Doctor of Philosophy:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois (1986)

Research Interests

Main Interest: Thermodynamic and Heat Transfer Analysis of Energy Systems

Recent Applications of Main Interest

  • Temperature distributions in pressure vessels.
  • Thermal response of solid materials to spectrally distributed radiation sources.
  • Radiation shape factors and power loadings for toroidal devices.
  • Time-dependent statistical modeling and analysis of extreme wave height data (grant application pending).

Current Technical Research

Analysis of Kraft recovery boilers. A project is presently undertaken by several researchers in the United States and Finland involving the acoustic detection of steam and water leaks (particularly from the bottom wall because of safety hazards due to the sodium content of the smelt). My research involves the determination of the sound power spectra to be detected, both theoretically and experimentally.

Current Pedagogical Research

Development of mathematics curricula for engineering technology majors. Determination of present curricula at colleges and universities, metrics for evaluating technology student understanding of mathematics, application of mathematics to upper-level technology courses and fields of employment.


Naval Officer, Nuclear Power Program, United States Navy, 1974-1978

Served as a nuclear power plant supervisor and a commissioned officer in the navy’s Nuclear Power Program. Attended Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Power Prototype Training. Qualified to supervise S3G and D2G nuclear reactor plants. Served on navy surface vessels. Qualified for various collateral duties, including Electronics Warfare Officer (EWO) and Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO). Supervised division of reactor controls technicians (mostly ETs).

-- Graduate School – (1980-1986)

Research Fellow, Department of Energy, 1986

Investigated candidate materials for fusion reactor containment vessels. Recommended first-wall coatings for next generation of fusion devices.

Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 1986-1990

Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990-1991

Taught engineering courses and aided in continuing development of engineering curriculum. Conducted research in temperature profiles in stainless steel walls and coatings from photon-induced exponential heat generation terms.

Associate Professor, University of Science Malaysia, 1992-1998

Designed first and second year engineering curriculum for students at the School of Industrial Technology. Conducted grant-funded research, taught engineering courses, assisted in senior design projects, and managed computer facilities.

Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, 1999-2000

Taught mechanical design and manufacturing processes courses while conducting heat transfer research. Designed innovative freshman research and development project with foundation grant. As departmental ABET Assessment Coordinator, assisted Department Chair in preparation for ABET accreditation review.

Assistant Professor, Lake Superior State University, Michigan, 2000-2008

Teaching mechanical, electrical, and general engineering courses and conducting heat transfer and pedagogical research independently and in collaboration with students and other faculty members. Coordinator for introductory engineering course. Participating in distance education. Assisting in assessment and preparation for ABET accreditation visits.

Assistant Professor, Texas A & M University at Galveston, Texas, 2009-Present

Teaching mechanical, electrical, and general engineering courses to marine engineering and marine engineering technology students and conducting technical and pedagogical research independently and in collaboration with students and other faculty members. Pursuing Coast Guard marine engineering licenses.

Honors, Awards, and Professional Societies

Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), 1981

Magnetic Fusion Energy Technology Fellowship, 1981-1985

National Fusion Energy Achievement Award, 1983

Fulbright Research Grant Finalist (India), 1985

Department of Energy Professional Development Fellowship, 1986

Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Energy, 1986

Lake Superior State University, Big Nut and Tool (Departmental Teaching) Award, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002

Texas A & M University System Teaching Excellence Award, 2010

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Society for Engineering Education

The Mathematical Association of America

Additional Skills

Language Fluency:             English, Bahasa Malaysia

Computer Languages:        BASIC, FORTRAN 77, Fortran 90, C, C++, and various assembly language dialects.

Recent Publications (Last Several Years)

  • R. Hildebrand, M. Carroll, V. Jarvinen, and J. Miettinen, “A Finite Difference Model for Low Frequency Sound Measurement in Kraft Recovery Boilers”, 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2010
  • N. Anastasiadis, L. Beacham IV, D. Dunbar, and M. Carroll, “Integrating Research and Design: A Steam Leak Acoustic Detection Facility”, ASEE Gulf Southwest Conference, Lake Charles, Louisiana, March 2010
  • Wael A. Mokhtar and Matthew C. Carroll, “ABET Accreditation – Realization in Thermo/Fluid Courses”, 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, Florida, January 2009
  • V. Jarvinen, R. Hildebrand, M. Carroll, and J. Miettinen, “An Investigation into the Use of Acoustic Methods for Leak Detection in Black Liquor Recovery Boilers”, 2006 International Conference on Dynamics, Instrumentation, and Control, Queretaro, Mexico, August 2006
  • Nael Barakat and Matthew C. Carroll, “Globalization of Engineering Ethics Education”, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Portland, Oregon, June 2005
  • A. Hande, W. He, N. Barakat, and M. Carroll, “Product Dissection: An Important Tool for a First Year Introduction to Engineering Course Project”, ASEE North Central Conference, Ohio, April 2005
  • Matthew Carroll, Paul Duesing, and David McDonald, “Power Generation, Conversion, and Dissipation Laboratory Trainer Development”, ASEE NCS Regional Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 2004
  • Nael Barakat and Matthew C. Carroll, “Teaching Engineering Ethics with a Global Dimension”, ASEE NCS Regional Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 2004
  • Matthew C. Carroll, “Lessons from a First-Year Research and Development Project”. ASEE NCS Regional Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 2004