Matthew Nelson is a PhD Pre-candidate in Design Science. He holds a B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, with a minor in Multidisciplinary Design. His research interests focus on the use of designed interactions to facilitate self-awareness, perceptions around diversity and situation-specific outcomes. He is a Rackham Merit Fellow and Professional Development Leader, and helped develop the strategy for the Rackham Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certification Program.
Matthew worked as an Innovation and New Technology Planner at Hyundai-Kia Automotive Technical Center Inc. During his tenure he managed company-funded university research projects, led concept vehicle development teams, performed consumer research and created an innovation management strategy for North American Product Planning. He served as the technical liaison on a joint Auto + Healthcare Integration project between Hyundai Ventures and IDEO. His previous automotive experience included stints with Ford Motor Company and Detroit Manufacturing Systems as an assistant buyer, quality engineer, material planning/logistics coordinator & manufacturing engineer.
Matthew served as the National Chairperson of the National Society of Black Engineers, a 18,000+ member organization with over $14 million in annual revenue. Matthew currently works as a research associate for the School of Education’s Center for Education Design, Evaluation and Research (CEDER), as a program development officer for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP), and will be the GSI for DESCI 501/ME 455 for Fall 2018.
Matthew specializes in business plan creation, design thinking, discrete event simulation, human capital management, six sigma, modeling and optimization, non-profit strategy, program development and evaluation, psychometrics, structural equation modeling and survey development.