Dr. Matthew Smith

Associate Professor of Engineering
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 Matt Smith joined the Hope College faculty in 2012. He primarily teaches engineering mechanics and materials courses, including Introduction to Engineering Materials, Statics, Mechanics of Materials and Mechanical Vibrations. He works closely with Hope’s Boerigter Center for Calling and Career to prepare students to obtain internships and full time employment


Matt specializes in the development and modeling of responsive materials. Recently, he has been working with his research students to synthesize materials that experience large shape changes when exposed to certain wavelengths of light or variations in temperature. He also works with mathematical models and computational software to predict how these materials will perform.


  • Ph.D., theoretical and applied mechanics, Cornell University, 2009
  • B.S., mechanical engineering, Cedarville University, 2003
  • B.A., mathematics, Cedarville University, 2003


OUtside Hope

Matt and his wife, Heidi, have five children. He enjoys curling up on the couch and reading chapter books to his kids. He also enjoys playing all manner of sports, especially basketball, golf and soccer. He and his family are actively involved in their local church.

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Dr. Matthew Smith

Phone Number616.395.7309

VanderWerf-Room 2223I 27 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3617
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