Bio


Matthew Clarke is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a Tau Beta Pi Fellow and holds an M.S. in AA from Stanford and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. His research focuses on aircraft design with an emphasis on the analysis and optimization of vehicles for regional and urban air mobility. His work also encompasses system modeling of novel battery technologies for electric propulsion applications. Outside of his doctoral work, Matthew dedicates his time to addressing issues surrounding underrepresented minority matriculation and retention in STEM fields, serving as both graduate student recruiter for the School of Engineering and a mentor through the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Matthew is a former president of the Black Engineering Graduate Student Association, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Honors & Awards


  • Stanford University Graduate Engineering Fellowship, Stanford University (April, 2016)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Fellowship, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society (April, 2016)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Scholarship, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society (June 2015)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation Scholarship, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (May 2015)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2016 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2012 - Present)
  • Member, National Society of Black Engineers (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Chapter President, Engineers Without Borders (2012 - 2016)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Humanitarian Volunteer in Kenya with Engineers Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders (2013)

    Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a non-profit organization established to partner with developing municipalities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. I have worked with communities across the continents of Africa, South America and Central America to implement sustainable engineering projects while fostering a sense of global awareness and service among engineering students.

    Location

    Kenya

  • Humanitarian Volunteer in El Salvador with Engineers Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders (2015)

    Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a non-profit organization established to partner with developing municipalities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. I have worked with communities across the continents of Africa, South America and Central America to implement sustainable engineering projects while fostering a sense of global awareness and service among engineering students.

    Location

    El Salvador

  • Humanitarian Volunteer in Haiti, Howard University (2016)

    Location

    Haiti