Past Graduate Students


Matthew Horne
Transportation EIT at HDR
Matthew Horne

Graduated: 2017

ThesisDesign and Construction of a Rainfall Simulator for Large-Scale Testing of Erosion Control Practices and Products

Contact Info: Office: 25 W. Cedar St., Suite 200, Pensacola, FL 32502

Phone: (850) 429-8945  |  Email  |  Website

BioMatthew Horne graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (2015) and Master of Science (2017) from Auburn University.  His research focused on developing a portable, large-scale rainfall simulator at the Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Test Facility for performance based testing of erosion control practices.  Matthew is currently employed by HDR as a Transportation EIT in Pensacola, FL.

Michael A. Perez
Assistant Professor at Iowa State University
Michael A. Perez

Graduated: 2016

Dissertation: Improvements in the Design and Application of Erosion and Sediment Control Technologies for the Construction Industry

Thesis: Evaluation of Inlet Protection Practices (IPPs) Using Large-Scale Testing Techniques

Contact Info: Office: 482B Town Engineering Bldg., Ames, IA 50011-1066

Phone: (515) 294-2700  |  Email |  Website

Research Interests: Erosion & Sediment Control: Inlet Protection Practices; Sediment Basin Performance, Unmanned Aerial System Applications and Technologies in Construction, Open Channel Hydraulics

Bio: Michael Perez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University specializing in construction and post-construction stormwater practices, methods, and technologies.  Michael earned his Ph.D. in 2016 and M.S. in 2014 in civil engineering from Auburn University. He earned his B.S. in 2012 from Florida State University with a double major in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Michael conducted research at the Auburn University – Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility investigating and improving Alabama Dept. of Transportation sediment basin and inlet protection standard practices using large-scale testing techniques. He assisted in the design and development of a rainfall simulator, sediment barrier, and curb inlet testing apparatus and also conducted investigations into the application of using unmanned aerial vehicle technology for construction and stormwater inspections.  Prior to joining Iowa State University, Michael worked as a consultant in Atlanta, GA where he was responsible for MS4 program management for the Georgia Dept. of Transportation, designing construction site erosion and sediment control practices, and designing low impact development and green infrastructure stormwater practices for roadway projects.

Chris P. Logan
SPO Project Manager at Turner Construction Company
Chris P. Logan

Graduated: 2012

Thesis: Assessing Performance Characteristics of Sediment Basins Constructed in Franklin County, Alabama

Contact Info: Turner Construction Company, 1122 Knight Street, Decatuar, AL 35601

Phone: (256) 924-0028  |  Email |  Website

Bio: Chris Logan is a Project Manager for the Self Perform Operations (SPO) division of Turner Construction Company in Huntsville, AL.  He manages a variety of work including heavy industrial renovation, concrete, steel, and piping for clients throughout North Alabama and Middle Tennessee.  Chris is also one of Turner’s co-op and recruiting liaisons, specifically to Auburn University.  Mr. Logan attended Auburn University earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction Management in 2010 followed by a M.S. in Civil Engineering in 2012.  Chris currently resides in Guntersville, AL where he is an active member of the North Alabama chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and A.S.C.E., and is active in the community as a leader of the Lake Guntersville Water Ski Club and A.W.S.A. Southern Region Council member.

Wesley T. Wilson
Boeing Site Civil / Structural Engineer
Wesley T. Wilson

Graduated: 2010

Thesis: Evaluation of Hydromulches as an Erosion Control Measure Using Intermediate-Scale Experiments

Bio:  Wesley T. Wilson is currently employed in Charleston as Boeing South Carolina’s Site Civil / Structural Engineer as well as manages over $500 million in design/construction as Lead Project Manager for the future Land Development and the new Decorative Paint Facility on the plant’s 730+ Acre site.  Prior to his employment with Boeing, he worked for Sloan Construction in Greenville, South Carolina as a Project Engineer on major highway infrastructure projects valuing over $33 million.  Mr. Wilson earned a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from The Military College of South Carolina (The Citadel) in 2008 and a M.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction Management from Auburn University in 2010.  In addition to his daily Engineering and Project Management tasks, Wesley is currently a member Boeing’s Leadership Program with aspirations of pursuing executive management within the Site Support Group (SSG) business unit at Boeing.

Alex Shoemaker
Transportation Engineer and Planner at Kimley-Horn and Associates
Alex Shoemaker

Graduated: 2009

Thesis: Evaluation of Anionic Polyacrylamide as an Erosion Control Measure Using Intermediate-Scale Experimental Procedures

Bio: Alex Shoemaker is an engineer at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Master of Science from Auburn University in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  Alex has been with Kimley-Horn since 2009 and works on various transportation planning and traffic engineering projects.  He specializes in transportation studies, traffic signal operations, travel demand modeling, and GIS analysis.  Alex is a registered engineer in Tennessee and Virginia.

Justin McDonald
Lead Project Engineer for Civil Works at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Justin McDonald

Graduated: 2007

Thesis: Evaluation of Erosion and Sediment Control Best Management Practices: Use of Silt Fence Tieback Systems and Anionic Polyacrylamide on Highway Construction Sites 

Bio: Justin McDonald currently serves as the Lead Project Engineer for Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. He leads highly skilled teams of engineers and other scientists in the planning, design, and construction of complex, multi-million dollar water resource related projects across the region. He has over 12 years of design and construction experience in the areas of coastal, hydraulic, hydrologic, and civil/site design as well as dredging and coastal construction contract management. He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and he is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama.