Title: Engineer, Geologist, Educator
Location: College Station, Texas, United States
Dr. Christopher C. Mathewson, PE, PG, Engineer, Geologist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering geoscience.
A registered professional engineer and licensed professional geoscientist, Dr. Mathewson possesses 40 years of experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students studying engineering geology, environmental geology, and health and safety of the public. Driven by a love of science that began growing up on a farm with an engineer father, he is highly regarded today in his professional community for the breadth of knowledge and expertise that he brings to his industry. Much of Dr. Mathewson’s career has been dedicated to Texas A&M University, where he has held many noteworthy roles including senior training specialist, senior professor of geology, professor of engineering geology, director of the Center for Engineering Geosciences, leader of the engineering geosciences research program, director of the Center for Applied Geosciences, associate professor of engineering geology and assistant professor. He has also worked on the task force for campus emergencies and served on several councils including the Faculty Senate, the Aggie Honor Council and the Graduate Appeals Panel, for which he was chair. In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. Mathewson received The James Hutton Lifetime Service Award for service leading to the significant advancement of the profession of geology in March 2019. It was presented to him at the National Association of State Boards of Geology national workshop meeting for the national licensor’s exam for professional geologists.
At the crux of Dr. Mathewson’s professional excellence is his education. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he holds a PhD in geological engineering earned in 1971 and a Master of Science in geological engineering earned in 1965. He also achieved a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Case Institute of Technology in 1963. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr. Mathewson holds many certifications that have enhanced his skill set and allowed him to become a more well-rounded professional in his field. Dr. Mathewson is a registered professional engineering geologist, a licensed geologist in Alaska and a certified professional geologist accredited by the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He is an expert in his field, as evidenced by the professional accolades he has achieved from prominent industry organizations. In total, Dr. Mathewson has been honored more than 15 times. His most recent awards include a Charles R. Sherman Award from the National Association of State Boards of Geology, the Karl and Ruth Terzaghi Outstanding Mentor Award from the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the Pete Henley Mentor Award from the Texas section of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, a Presidential Citation for Mentoring from the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geology, the Robert C. Runnels Excellence in Advising Award from the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University and the Floyd T. Johnson Service Award from the Association of Engineering Geologists.
Dr. Mathewson shares his expertise with his industry through writing. He is the co-author of “The Detection of Sub-Lethal Concentrations of Cyanide in Drinking Water Using the Eclox Enhanced Chemiluminescence (ECL) Assay” and “Removal of Forest Nutrients Through Accelerated Groundwater Sapping,” which was published in the scientific journal entitled Gambling with Groundwater – Physical, Chemical, and Biological Aspects of Aquifer-Stream Relations. He was the sole author of “Environmental Monitor Well Drilling” in 1994 and “Sedimentary Processes and Sedimentary Budget of the Red River Between Denison Damn, Texas and Alexandria, Louisiana” in 1990. To remain at the top of his field, Dr. Mathewson is an active member of Division of Environmental Geosciences of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Resources Association, the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the Geological Society of America, the International Association of Engineering Geologists, the National Association of Geology Teachers, the National Association of State Boards of Geology, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. In the years to come, Dr. Mathewson intends to continue in his professional work while seeking new opportunities to impact his field positively.
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