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Matthew James, P.E., M.S.

Associate Professor of Practice
Matt James
342 Goodwin Hall (MC0218)
635 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061


M.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2010
B.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2007

Teaching/Courses Taught

ENGE 1215: Foundations of Engineering I
ENGE 1216: Foundations of Engineering II


Matthew James is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education. Prior to joining the department in 2017, he worked as a civil engineer on a variety of land development and stormwater management projects including municipal stormwater program development, stormwater master planning, floodplain delineation and modeling, natural and conventional drainage improvement projects, and site design for large academic construction projects at public and private universities.

In his current role, he focuses on teaching and course development within the first-year engineering program. He also has pursued an interest in facilitating international engagement for students, having led study abroad trips through the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, membership in the Academy for Global Engineering at VT, and as the faculty advisor to the Engineers in Action student chapter that works on international engineering service projects. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.

Awards & Honors

2020 College of Engineering Certificate of Teaching Excellence

Recent Publications

  • Ozkan, Desen S., Kirsten A. Davis, James C. Davis, Matthew James, Homero Murzi, and David B. Knight. "Expectations and Experiences of Short-Term Study Abroad Leadership Teams." Journal of International Engineering Education 2, no. 1 (2020): 1.

  • Matusovich, Holly M., Homero Murzi, David Gray, Benjamin Chambers, and Matthew James. "An Autoethnography: Outcomes from Faculty Engagement in Course Development in a Large First-Year Engineering Program." ASEE Conferences, 2020.

  • James, Matthew B., Homero Murzi, Jason Forsyth, Lilianny Virguez, and Pamela Dickrell. "Exploring Perceptions of Disciplines Using Arts-informed Methods." ASEE Conferences, 2020.

  • James, Matthew B., & Hodges, K., & Lo, J. L. (2019, June), Enhancing Student Perceptions of Engineering Disciplines through Showcasing of Career Paths Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida. | Abstract

  • James, Matthew B., and Randel L. Dymond. "Bioretention hydrologic performance in an urban stormwater network." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 17, no. 3 (2012): 431-436.