Matt Lawrence (Learner, Analytical, Discipline, Consistency, Harmony) is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology. He grew up in rural Tunkhannock, PA, where he worked on a small dairy farm throughout high school. That was a formative experience for him. Matt loved it! So he enrolled in agricultural engineering when he went to Penn State. After that, Matt worked for seven years as an engineer in industry for both Parker Hannifin in Clovis, CA, and Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA, before enrolling in graduate school. Matt went back to school at Penn State and earned a Ph.D (’07) in agricultural engineering.
His research explores the use of non-recyclable plastics as an alternative fuel source. He has taught 14 different classes in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department here at Alfred State. Right now he's teaching control systems, statics, fluid power and alternative energy.
Matt lives in a house he built with his dad over the past 3 years in Hornell, NY, with his wife and three young sons. When he's not at school, Matt likes to do just about anything that involves being outside. He's done a number of triathlons with his older brother; he likes to cut firewood, make maple syrup, hunt, camp out, and work with wood. Mostly he just entertains his kids. Life is good!