Associate Professor, Cooperative Engineering Program
Dr. Pierson has demonstrated excellence in community engagement in two areas, the Adopt-a-Stream program for Jordan Creek in Springfield, and “Discover Engineering Day” a K-6 educational outreach event.
Discover Engineering Day is free community education event with activities and demonstrations geared to the K-6 age. In 2012, he started hosting the “Edible Concrete” activity and in 2014 took over as the event organizer moving the event to the MSU engineering labs. The event has more than doubled in size to more than 200 children per year. To date, he has coordinated 175 activities hosted by engineering students and professionals with 3,000 in attendance.
In 2013 Dr. Pierson began leading cleanups of Jordan Creek just downstream of downtown. This ½ mile section is in great need as it collects trash from all of downtown and is also the home of a population of homeless people. In 2017 he was successful in submitting the paperwork to officially “Adopt-a-Stream” requiring three cleanups a year. To date, 20 cleanups have resulted in the removal of over 1,800 bags of trash.
Among other activities, Matthew has also volunteered in various capacities for educational and engineering projects such as serving on the technical advisory board for Ozark Greenways and helping to build a 15’ bridge on the Greenway Trail with recycled materials.
Dr. Pierson is a great CitizenBear example as he blends his passions and professional talents to make a difference in the community. Congratulations as the March Faculty Spotlight!
Interview and spotlight provided by Cole Howerton, graduate assistant, Office of Public Affairs Support.