David Matula

David W. Matula has been appointed the Cruse C. and Marjorie F. Calahan Centennial Chair in Engineering at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering in recognition of his achievements as a researcher, educator, author, and dedicated leader. Dr. Matula is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). He has held distinguished visiting research and teaching positions at UT Austin, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and Stanford, as well as several international visiting positions in Germany, Denmark, and France.

“Professor Matula is among the founding pioneers in his field and has conducted path-breaking research to define it. He is an outstanding educator, an exceptional academic citizen, and a leader who contributes greatly to the Lyle School and SMU,” said Lyle Dean Marc P. Christensen.

Matula is an internationally distinguished scholar and outstanding teacher. He has published extensively in refereed journals over his 50 year career. In addition, he has been an outstanding leader and citizen to both the Lyle School and SMU, serving as chair of the CSE Department twice as well as participating in many important committees and efforts throughout his tenure.

Not only have concepts, original terms, and notations introduced by Dr. Matula become standard terminology in literature, but attributions of theorems and algorithms are also referenced in his name (for example the term “Matula Number”). Beyond the academic, the practical influence of his contributions can be measured both by his collaborations with industry, which have yielded numerous patents, and the fact that devices he co-designed have been produced and sold in worldwide distribution.

Matula earned his B.S in engineering physics from Washington University and his Ph.D. in operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.

To learn more, visit us at http://www.smu.edu/Lyle/Departments/CSE/People/Faculty/MatulaDavid.


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About the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering
SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees.