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Matthew Alonso, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Director of Engineering Learning Center and Student Success

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Building & Room:

ERF 3023


842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:



Matthew Alonso enjoys engaging students, leading them through projects, encouraging them to pursue entrepreneurship, and developing their creativity. His participation in the NSF Innovation Corps program and several business competitions helped shape his teaching style around entrepreneurship and idea generation. In addition, he used IPD principles as a student at UIUC to develop and explore the market for his company.

Matthew co-founded Sun Buckets, an organization dedicated to solving the global cooking problem by developing a portable solar thermal energy storage system without fuel, fire or emissions. In addition, he has conducted research in biological, multi-material, and micro additive manufacturing systems.


Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2018

M.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2010

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2008