Speaker | Dr. Matthew Franchek, Ph.D, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Houston
Dr. Matthew “Matt” Franchek is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Houston (UH) and is the founding director of the UH Subsea Engineering Program. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1991, and started his career at Purdue University as an assistant professor in mechanical engineering. He was promoted to an associate professor with tenure in 1997, and then to full professor in 2001. From 2002 to 2009, he served as chair of mechanical engineering at UH, while simultaneously initiating the UH Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program. His current research program focuses on multiphase pipeline flow, artificial lift, blowout preventers and electrical power distribution. He has authored more than 80 archival publications, and over 100 conference publications.