Matt Shilling Bio


Youngstown, OH

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (2008-2012).

Professional Experience:

Varo Engineers, Inc.
Structural Department College Intern (January 2012 to March 2012)
Designed Microsoft Excel based programs and spreadsheets to calculate requirement in the AISC steel manual.

Weaver Boos Consultants
Engineering Technician (June 2011 to September 2011)
Worked in the field of Construction Quality Assurance in the landfill industry; inspected the contractor’s work, took daily tests of their work, and documented all aspects of the construction process.

Ohio Department of Transportation – Office of Innovation, Partnerships, and Energy
Innovation Department College Intern (July 2010 to September 2010)
Worked on various projects relating to renewable energy, public transportation, and road condition rating.

Research Interest:

My research focuses on hydrology, specifically infiltration of water in unsaturated soil, or the vadose zone.  The research is performed in a greenhouse and utilizes tanks and moisture probes monitor and study subsurface conditions.  We hope to find a better understanding and a better way to model the pattern of flow through soil.  We also hope to study plant, specifically root, interaction with the moisture and nutrient conditions of the soil.  We want to gain an understanding of how much, if at all, plants are able to react, adapt, or anticipate changes in subsurface conditions.  The experiments will also answer questions about plant and root interactions with other plants. For more information on the greenhouse and subsequent experimentation, see the Greenhouse Setup Page.

2012 Ohio State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department French Fellowship

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