Matthew Ballard

Faculty Member

Matt Ballard


Dr. Ballard began at UVU in August 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to coming to UVU, he held the same position at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. He has also gained experience through working as a mechanical engineer and flight test engineer at NAVAIR's Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California, through two graduate internships at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, and through teaching Mechanical Engineering courses at Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France. Dr. Ballard earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017 and 2014, respectively, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2009. Dr. Ballard teaches primarily in the areas of fluid and thermal sciences, and his research focuses on biofluid mechanics and on design of microfluidic devices.


Ph D, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017

Major: Mechanical Engineering

MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014

Major: Mechanical Engineering

BS, Brigham Young University, 2009

Major: Mechanical Engineering


ME 490R

Advanced Current Topics in Mechanical Engineering, Spring 2024

ENGR 2300

Engineering Thermodynamics, Spring 2024


Ballard, Matt , 2024 BYU Biomedical Engineering Research Conference. , "Development of computational and experimental models of the venous valve sinus ", BYU Biomedical Engineering Association, Provo, UT. (January 25, 2024)
McConahay, Taten (Presenter & Author), Dayley, Sarah (Co-Author), Ballard, Matthew (Co-Author), 76th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, "A silicone venous valve model for visualization and characterization of the effect of valve morphology on valve and flow behavior", American Physical Society, Washington, D.C.. (November 20, 2023)
Villella, Reece (Presenter & Author), Ballard, Matthew (Co-Author), 76th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, "Development of a bio-inspired microfluidic valve", American Physical Society, Washington, D.C.. (November 20, 2023)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Flake, Todd , Villella, Reece , Ballard, Matthew S, "Development of a Bio-Inspired Microfluidic Valve" . IEEE.
Ballard, Matthew S, McConahay, Taten , Swain, Brett , Dayley, Sarah , "Project-based learning via creation and testing of a silicone venous valve model" . American Society of Engineering Education.