Matthew J. Gombeda

  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering


Ph.D. Structural Engineering, Lehigh University, 2019
M.S. Structural Engineering, Lehigh University, 2016
B.S. Civil Engineering (w/Minor in Engineering Mechanics), The Pennsylvania State University, 2014

Research Interests

Matthew Gombeda is actively involved in both experimental and computational research and oversees the structural and materials testing laboratory in Alumni Memorial Hall. His major research areas include:

  1. Behavior and mechanics of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
  2. Innovative precast/prestressed concrete components
  3. Innovative cementitious materials
  4. Blast design and analysis methodologies
  5. Experimental methods
  6. Balanced structural and energy efficient design

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Member, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)

Member, Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)


  1. Alawad, O., Gombeda, M., Naito, C., Quiel, S. (2019) “Simplified Methodologies for Preliminary Blast-Resistant Design of Precast Concrete Wall Panels” PCI Journal, July-August 2019, Vol. 64, Issue 4, 55-70.
  2. Gombeda, M., Naito, C., Quiel, S. (2019) “Visual Damage at Flexural Response Milestones for Blast-Resistant Precast Concrete Panels with Varying Reinforcement” Elsevier Engineering Structures, 189: 174-185,
  3. Gombeda, M., Naito, C., Quiel, S. (2018) “Performance-Based Framework for Evaluating the Flexural Response of Precast Concrete Wall Panels to Blast Loading,” Elsevier Engineering Structures, 168: 473-486,
  4. Gombeda, M., Trasborg, P., Naito, C., Quiel, S. (2017) “Simplified Model for Partially-Composite Precast Concrete Insulated Wall Panels Subjected to Lateral Loading,” Elsevier Engineering Structures, 138: 367-380,
  5. Gombeda, M., Naito, C., Quiel, S., and Fallon, C. (2017). "Blast-Induced Damage Mapping Framework for Use in Threat-Dependent Progressive Collapse Assessment of Building Frames." ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000949, 04016089.


  • Reinforced and precast/prestressed concrete structures 
  • Cementitious materials
  • Innovative civil engineering materials
  • Blast-resistant design
  • Progressive collapse mitigation
  • Use of polymers in structural engineering applications