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Matthew H. Hebdon

Assistant Professor
Matthew H. Hebdon, Assistant Professor
105B Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Structural Engineering and Materials
Professional Registration : Idaho, Utah, Wyoming

Area of Interest

Large-scale testing of structures
In-situ bridge monitoring and testing
Evaluation and repair of deteriorated infrastructure
Steel behavior bonded to CFRP
Historic fabrication methods and materials
Fatigue & fracture of metals
Additive manufacturing of metals
UAS inspection
Redundancy of structural systems

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2015
  • M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2005
  • B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2005
  • Design Engineer, ARKOR (2013-2015)
  • Design Engineer, Sargent Engineers, Inc., (2006-2010)
  • 2019 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Early Career Faculty Award
  • 2019 Robert J. Dexter Memorial Award. Awarded by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) T-14 Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design, recognizing significant contribution to the Steel Bridge Industry.
  • 2020 Charles E Via Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. This award is based on a survey of graduated alumni over the last five years.
  • CEE 3434 : Design of Steel Structures I
  • CEE 5744 : Topics in Structural Steel Design
  • CEE 5984 : (FALL 2018) Steel Bridge Design
  • CEE 3954 : Bridges, Builders & Society
  • Hebdon, M., & Provines, J. (2020). "The use of ASTM A1010 (A709 Gr50CR) stainless steel for bridges in the United States." Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 34 (6). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0001498
  • Sherman, R., Hebdon, M., & Lloyd, J. (2020). "Diagnostic load testing for improved accuracy of bridge load rating." Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 34 (5). *Editor's choice. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0001483
  • Liu, J., Guo, T., Hebdon, M., Liu, Z., and Wang, L. (2020). "Bonding Behaviors of GFRP/steel Bonded Joints after Wet-dry Cyclic and Hygrothermal Curing." Applied Sciences, 10(16). https://doi.org/10.3390/app10165411
  • Groshek, I., & Hebdon, M. (2020). "Galvanic corrosion of ASTM A1010 steel plates connected to common bridge steels." Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 32(8). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0003131
  • Liu, J., Guo, T., Hebdon, M., Yu, X., & Wang, L. (2020). Behaviors of GFRP-steel bonded joints under cyclic loading after hygrothermal aging." Construction and Building Materials, 242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.118106
  • Liu, J., Guo, T., Hebdon, M., Jia, J (2020). "Investigation on fatigue behavior of steel and GFRP double-strap joints under varied cyclic loading at given temperatures." Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 32(4). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0003098
  • Liu, Z., Guo, T., Hebdon, M., Zhang, Z (2019). "Measurement and comparative study on movements of suspenders in long-span suspension bridges." Journal of Bridge Engineering, 24(5). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0001386
  • Liu, Z., Hebdon, M., Correia, J., Carvalho, H., Vilela, P., de Jesus, A., & Cal├žada, R. (2018). "Fatigue Assessment of Critical Connections in a Historic Eye-bar Suspension Bridge." Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. Accepted for publication June 14, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0001236
  • Hebdon, M., Sherman, R., & Connor R. (2018). "Hardness Variation in Driven Rivets for Bridge Evaluation." Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 30(10). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002429
  • Liu, Z., Guo, T., Hebdon, M., & Zhang, Z. (2018). "Corrosion Fatigue Analysis and Reliability Assessment of Short Suspenders in Suspension and Arch Bridges." Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 32(5). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0001203
  • Hebdon, M., Bonachera Martin, F., Korkmaz, C., & Connor, R. (2017). "Load Redistribution and Remaining Fatigue Life of Steel Built-Up Members Subjected to Flexure Following a Component Failure." Journal of Bridge Engineering, 22(9). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0001087.
  • Hebdon, M., Bonachera Martin, F., Korkmaz, C., & Connor, R. (2017). "Fracture Resilience of Steel Built-Up Members Subjected to Flexure." Journal of Bridge Engineering, 22(7). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0001059.
  • Sherman, R., Hebdon, M., & Connor, R. (2016). "Fatigue Testing and Retrofit Details of High-Mast Lighting Towers." Engineering Journal (American Institute of Steel Construction), 53(1), 61-72. https://www.aisc.org/globalassets/product-files-not-searched/engineering-journal/2016/53_01_061_2014-21r.pdf