Matthew Eatherton, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Raymond G. and Madelyn Ann Curry Structural Engineering Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Raymond G. and Madelyn Ann Curry Faculty Structural Engineering Faculty Fellowship was established in 2018 through a gift from Raymond G. and Madelyn Ann Curry. Raymond Curry, a member of the Class of 1954, started his own company, SMC Concrete Construction Inc. in 1970 and formed Curry Development Inc. in the 1980s. He later became president and chairman of Bank of Alexandria until it was sold to F&M Bank.

The fellowship recognizes teaching and research excellence and recipients hold fellowship for a period of two years.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2010, Eatherton is acknowledged as one of the leading researchers in the field of structural steel structures and earthquake engineering. His work has influenced national design codes.

Eatherton has published more than 33 peer-reviewed papers, books, and book chapters. He has been a part of approximately $5.5 million in externally funded research, with a personal share of approximately $2.3 million.

In 2012, the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded Eatherton with the Milek Faculty Fellowship. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015. Virginia Tech honored him with the 2013 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor and named him College Faculty Fellow in 2016.

Eatherton is a dedicated classroom instructor and research advisor and is sought out as a graduate advisor. He has advised or co-advised to completion four Ph.D. students, 31 master’s degree students, and more than 14 undergraduate research students.

In addition to his teaching and research, Eatherton leads several K-12 outreach activities each year. He also serves as structures laboratory director, Master of Science admissions coordinator for the structural engineering and materials group, and faculty advisor for the Order of the Engineer.

A member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Building Seismic Safety Council, Eatherton received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.

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