Dr. Matthew J Ford

Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Washington, Tacoma.


My expertise is in mechanics of solids and structures. My research has taken me from the macroscale to the nanoscale, and back again. I am especially interested in projects that create valuable learning experiences for undergraduate and master's students. Read about my current and past projects.


I take an engineering design approach to teaching, guided by atomistic learning objectives (the specifications) and informed by cognitive science and education psychology (the mechanics of learning). As an educator, I am committed to creating learning experiences which join theory and practice, tell empowering stories about the people, history, and context of engineering, and help students develop the practical skills of a modern engineer. Explore my teaching portfolio.