Personnel Profile

Matthew Alexander Ph.D., Associate Professor

Matthew Alexander Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 1990, Purdue University

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1986, Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. in Engineering Science and Chemistry, 1984, Trinity University

Research Specialties

Renewable and biofuel production processes

Sustainable energy production using chemical / biochemical processes

Remediation of hazardous wastes in soil and groundwater, concentrating on bioremediation processes

Industrial wastewater treatment

Chemical process simulation / modeling

For more detailed research topic descriptions, click here.

 Professional Experience

  • Texas A&M University Kingsville (TAMUK), Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering, Associate Professor, 2015
  • Leidos Inc (formerly SAIC or Science Applications International Corporation), Chemical Engineer, 2001 – Current.
  • Trinity University, Department of Engineering Science, Adjunct Professor, 2006 – 2010.
  • Operational Technologies Corporation, Environmental Technology Department, Manager of Environmental Technology Development, 1993 – 2001.
  • Southwest Research Institute, Research Engineer, 1990 – 1993.

Publications and Presentations

  • Alexander, M.L. and Ramkrishna, D., 1991.  "Cybernetic modeling of iron-limited growth and siderophore production,"  Biotechnology and Bioengineering 38:  637-652.
  • Alexander, M.L. and Matteson, M.J., 1987.  "The automation of an interfacial tensiometer," Colloids and Surfaces 29:201-217.
  • Alexander, M.L., 1993.   "The biodegradation approach to destruction and control of wastes," Technology Today 14: 16-19 (Southwest Research Institute).
  • “Modeling of Water Quality Downgradient of a Mulch Biowall with Nearby Surface Water Receptor”, presented at the Fourth International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Miami, FL, May 2017.
  • “Optimizing Remediation Timeframe at Sites with Significant Groundwater Concentration Fluctuations”, presented at the 10th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Palm Springs, CA May 2016.
  • “Anaerobic Bioremediation of a Chlorinated Solvent Groundwater Plume – Lessons Learned”, presented  at the 2016 Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites Conference, SAME and USEPA, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016
  • “Modeling of Water Quality Downgradient of a Mulch Biowall with Nearby Surface Water Receptor”, presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Conference, San Francisco, CA, November, 2016.
  • “Management Strategies to Achieve Remedy Complete When Groundwater Concentrations Fluctuate with Water Table Changes and Drought Conditions”, presented at SURF 30 (Sustainable Remediation Forum), Houston, TX, October 2015.
  • “Evaluation of Biological Indicators Naturally Present at a Reductive Dechlorination Pilot Study Site”, presented at the 9th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA May 2014.
  • “Pilot Study for In Situ Reductive Dechlorination of a Solvent Plume in Karst Bedrock”, presented at the Second International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Jacksonville, FL, June 2013.
  • “Comparison of Biostimulation Amendment Distribution Results for Four Sites Using Different Injection Enhancement Techniques”, presented at the Second International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Jacksonville, FL, June 2013.
  • “Selection of Active Plume Treatment Area by Cost Optimization of MNA Versus Active Treatment”, presented at the 8th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA May 2012.
  • “Differential Adjustment of pH for Optimal Reductive Dechlorination Conditions”, presented at the International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Reno, NV June 2011.
  • “Electrical Resistance Heating Treatment of a Solvent Source Area at Kelly AFB”, presented at the 7th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA May 2010.
  • “Pilot Testing of Hexavalent Chromium Plume Treatment by Reductant Injection at a Tinker AFB Site”, presented at the 7th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA May 2010.
  •  “Enhanced Bioremediation for Accelerated Site Closure at a Fire Training Site”, presented at the 10th International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium, Baltimore, MD June 2009.

 

Research and Scholarly Activities

Funded proposals

  • Title V I-CARE Grant for Course Redesign, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, “Understanding Resource Limitations by Incorporating Sustainability Concepts into Chemical Process Design”, awarded May, 2017, $2,500.
  • University Research Award, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, “Microalgal Triglyceride Production in Brackish Waters for Biodiesel Production”, awarded August 2016.  Principle Investigator, September 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, $15,000.
  • TAMUK Council for Undergraduate Research (TCUR), “Carbon Release Profile from a Biowall Used for Groundwater Treatment”, submitted November 2015, awarded January 2016.  Principle Investigator, February 1 to August 3, 2016, $4,600.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (25 years)
  • Member of American Chemical Society (25 years)
  • Member of American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists 

 

Professional Registrations

  • Professional Engineer –States of Texas and Alabama
  • Board Certified Environmental Engineer – American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Professional Awards

  • Professor of the Year Award, Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2017)
  • San Antonio Business Journals’ 40 Under 40 List (1996)
  • U.S. Patent #5,348,803 – Microcapsules and Method for Degrading Hydrocarbons (1994)

Contact Information

The Wayne H. King Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering
EC 314
MSC 193 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-4552
fax: (361) 593-4026
email: matthew.alexander@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: July 24, 2017