Project Description

Matt Cox, PE

Water Resources Engineer

Born and raised on the eastern plains of New Mexico, one of Matt’s earlier highlights in his engineering career took place in the highlands of Bolivia, where he spent over two years as a Peace Corps volunteer designing and building an eight-mile-long drinking water system. While relying on his technical background, an M.S. in Bioresource Engineering, the project’s success relied upon the ability to improvise with available resources and to capitalize on leadership skills developed as a NOLS wilderness instructor since 2001. “I knew I needed buy-in from the community members, so I helped hand dig the trench with them,” Matt says.

Upon returning to Oregon State University in 2008, Matt helped coordinate undergraduate research and academic programs as well as conduct research on dams, primarily focused on understanding geomorphic and ecological changes after dams are removed. After five years of research, Matt was lured to one of the highlights of his Peace Corps stint: having a tangible end result. “For better or worse, humans have been designing our environment for thousands of years. I’m excited to wake up each day and be on the design side of improving streams.” When he’s not working, Matt’s spends time with his wife and two young daughters. His passion: Climbing. “I love the feeling of being deep in the wilderness, 500 feet up a rock face.”

“For better or worse, humans have been designing our environment for thousands of years. I’m excited to wake up each day and be on the design side of improving streams.”