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Civil & Mechanical Engineering

Richard Matson

Richard Matson

Class of 2010
Civil Engineering Major, Math Minor

Richard lives and breaths civil engineering. In addition to working full-time through a cooperative education position at a Cambridge civil engineering firm, he is also president of Merrimack’s American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter, and he leads the steel bridge team.

As a student who was always practical and good at math, Richard knew he was destined to be an engineer. While in high school, he participated in the Summer Transportation Institute at Merrimack and that fueled his engineering fire.

“I didn’t really know exactly what civil engineering was before the Summer Transportation Institute,” said Richard. “I met with the civil engineering department chair, loved the program, and applied early action to come to Merrimack shortly after.” Now Richard is a counselor for the summer program.

As the first in his family to go to college, Richard’s motivation has him building bridges, literally. As captain and four year member of the Steel Bridge Team, Richard has had a hand in designing and fabricating bridge models and competing against several New England colleges – including MIT which Merrimack won over with Richard on the team.

After graduation, Richard wants to pursue structural engineering and he is confident in his choice of career thanks to his curriculum. “At Merrimack, you get a taste of each type of engineering so you can see what you like and don’t like, and your professors really do know who you are. Other schools didn’t offer that.”

Between bridge building and engineering classes, Richard finds time to mentor younger engineers in local competitions, visiting high schools to talk to future engineers, and has even represented Merrimack at regional engineering events.

“I will do whatever it takes to make sure people know about engineering.”