Published March 13, 2017
Larry Mathews, P.E. spends a lot of time outside. When he is not inspecting bridges for his employer Greenman-Pederson Inc., he can be found skiing in New York’s southern tier or even rappelling off a cliff in Costa Rica (see photo). When in Buffalo, he also finds time to share his love of life and engineering with University at Buffalo civil engineering students. Larry, who was recently named Mentor of the Year by UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is well known for his work with undergraduates on the steel bridge team, and even accompanied them to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) national competition when they qualified.
Larry is frequently invited to explain why New York’s bridge inspection program needs to be as rigorous as it is to graduate students. He often brings in tools of the trade so students can learn how to properly use a D-meter and put on a full-body harness for fall protection. As an officer in the Association of Bridge Construction and Design, Western New York Chapter (ABCD), he has bridged the gap between practicing engineers and those in academia. ABCD has provided scholarships to UB students and even funded research. As quoted in the current edition of BUFFALO Engineering, "We sometimes run across unusual problems or issues while we are out in the field, so I bring them back and ask the students to analyze them and recommend creative solutions."
Jerome O’Connor, Executive Director of the Institute of Bridge Engineering considers Larry “a good friend and definitely an asset to the profession. Larry never hesitates to get involved. He has been a guest lecturer, a mentor for UB students looking for internships and jobs, and a liaison between UB and local engineers. He’s always looking for opportunities to help our students and put them in a position where they, in turn, can help others. Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) has benefited from Larry’s connections and students have stepped up to help with ABCD’s balsa bridge contest for youngsters.”
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