Matt Gordon

Matt Howard Gordon

Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

What I do

Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Engineering Education, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Electronic Packaging

Professional Biography

Dr. Gordon received all of his degrees (BS, MS, and PhD) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He joined the University of Arkansas as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and worked his way up to Professor and Interim department Head before joining DU as Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in the Fall of 2011.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1992
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1987
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1986

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Professional Engineer

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society of Engineering Education


Engineering Education, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Electronic Packaging

Featured Publications

Gordon, M. H. (1998). The Boltzmann Equation. In M. Prelas, G. Popovici, & L. K. Bigelow (Eds.), Handbook of Industrial Diamonds and Diamond Films (pp. 631-652). New York, NY, USA: Marcel Dekker.
Gordon, M. H., Davidson, B., & Lengsfeld, C. S. (2014). Adding Flexibility and Hands-On Experiences while Minimizing Gaps in the ME Curriculum. ASEE.
Kelkar, U. M., Gordon, M. H., Roe, L. A., & Li, Y. (1999). Diagnostics and Modeling in a Pure Argon Plasma: Energy Balance Study. J. Vac. Sci. Technol, A17(1).
Gordon, M. H., Pulugurtha, S. R., Aryasomayajula, A., Cloud, A., & Abu-Safe, H. (2008). Development of a Crystalline Alumina Coating for Cutting Tools using a Novel Inverted Cylindrical Magnetron Sputtering Technique. Knoxville, TN: Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Engineering Research and innovations Conference.


Gordon, M. H., & Barito, A. (2010). Low-temperature deposition of mixed-phase alpha alumina by physical vapor deposition without a chrome template layer. The International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films. San Diego, CA.
Mall, J., Kostenbauer, T., Gordon, M. H., Hinkin, S., Damas, R., & Martinez, J. (2015). Creative Employer and University Programming: Creating Workforce Ready Internship Candidates. MPACE. Anaheim, CA.
Roszelle, B. N., Gordon, M. H., Davidson, B., & Laz, P. J. (2016). Novel Sophomore Assessment Modeled after FE Exam. 123rd Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference. Seattle, WA: ASEE.


  • Fred M. Carter Award, Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers
  • Outstanding Researcher in Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • Citizen of the Year Award, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Faculty Advisor of the Year, University of Denver, Student Life