Matthew Vedrin

Doctoral Student


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.S. Design Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2014

Area of Interest:
I am interested in implementing appropriate water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions through collaborations with local stakeholders in developing regions. My research will be heavily interdisciplinary, integrating social sciences, international development, public & environmental health, engineering, and engaged learning. My current research involves preliminary assessments of water, sanitation, and hygiene behaviors in urban and semi-urban communities in Gabon and partnership building with key stakeholders. I am also interested in applying rigorous mixed-methods evaluations that take advantage of the benefits of experimental and quasi-experimental approaches based in economics and of ethnographic methods based in anthropology.

Awards and Honors

• U-M CEE 1-Yr PhD Fellowship – University of Michigan Civil & Environmental Engineering (Mar 2017)
• NSF GRFP Honorable Mention – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Mar 2016)
• FSU Global Citizen Award – FSU Center for Global Engagement (Apr 2014 for international endeavors)
• Goldwater Scholarship – Barry Goldwater and Excellence in Education Program (Mar 2013 for STEM research)
• NSEP Boren Scholarship – US National Security Education Program (Apr 2013 for international exchange)
• FIPSE & SEAE Fellowship – FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (Jun 2013 for international exchange)

Conference and Poster Presentations

• Hayden, A.,Nahata, M., Vedrin, M., Ongonwou, F., Djessi Tchouty F., Binze-Bi-Kumbe F. (2017, February). Assessment of drinking water quality in rural communities near Lambaréné, Gabon, Poster presented at Borchardt Conference: Triennial Symposium on Advancements in Water & Wastewater. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

• Browne, K., Burbidge, M. & Vedrin, M. (2017, February). Creative approaches to evaluation: Using multiple data sources to evaluate a participatory workshop in Gabon. Oral presentation at Michigan University-Wide Sustainability & Environment (MUSE) Conference. Ann Arbor, MI.

• Browne, K., Burbidge, M., & Vedrin, M. (2016, June). How well does a workshop work? Developing a platform for fostering and evaluating cross-sectoral collaborations in Gabon. Poster session presented at the Innovation, Transformation, and Sustainable Futures in Africa joint conference of the American Anthropological Association and African Studies Association, Dakar, Senegal.

• Vedrin, M., Daly, S., Skerlos, S. Designing Technologies with End-Users in Low-Resource Contexts: A Review of Literature. Poster session presented at the 2015 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), Seattle, WA, October 2015.

• Vedrin, M. & Hardin, R. (2016, October). Exploring Problem Definition in Student Global Humanitarian Design Project Cases in the Literature, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), Seattle, WA,USA, pp. 336-341. doi: 10.1109/GHTC.2016.7857303

Other Interests:
I like to see live music, play ultimate, rock climb, play guitar, brew beer, and eat delicious foods.