Matthew Pavelchak


Practice Areas

Matt is a Principal in our Diagnostics Group, focusing on litigation support and insurance consulting related to a range of structural and building enclosure issues which arise in the built environment. Matt works with clients to understand the root cause of the issues and provides engineering feedback to assist in the dispute resolution process. He has provided testimony related to reinforced concrete structures, steel structures, and timber construction, as well as foundation movement and design.


Matt has extensive experience with forensic evaluations related to alleged construction defects, design deficiencies, and differing site conditions.


Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2009
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Rowan University, 2008


  • Vibration Testing and Evaluation for Source Detection of Bothersome Structural Vibrations, Proceedings of the Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures Conference in Dübendorf, Switzerland, October 2015

  • Assessment, Instrumentation, and Management of Dams, Proceedings of the First National Dam Safety Conference in Chennai, India, March 2015, co-authored with G. Jimenez, A. Yung, and A. Shah

  • Vibration Testing and Evaluation of Criteria for Specialized Facilities from Phosphate Mines to Vivariums: A Series of Key Case Studies, Proceedings of the Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures Conference in Ouro Preto, Brazil, October 2013, co-authored with D. Choudhuri.

  • Impact of Bridge Jacking Procedures on Precast Beams During Bearing Replacement, Proceedings of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Convention and National Bridge Conference in Grapevine, Texas, September 2013, co-authored with M. Williams

  • Use of Instrumentation to Quantify Dynamic Movements of Bridge Substructures, Proceedings of the International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 2013, co-authored with M. Williams

  • Structural Health Monitoring for Damage Detection Under Heavy Construction Loading, Proceedings of the 2013 Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, D.C., January 2013, co-authored with M. Williams

  • Responding to Natural Disasters: An Increased Military Response and it Impact on Public Policy Administration, Disaster Management Handbook, CRC Press, co-authored with D. Miller, R. Burnside, and J. Rivera. 2008


  • 2016 Chair of Walter P Moore Technology Steering Committee

  • 2017-Present Member of Rowan University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Board