Dr. Eric Matthys completed an Engineer degree in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique of the Brussels University in Belgium. He then carried out Master and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, after which he joined UCSB in 1985.
His interest in energy efficiency has led him to introduce new classes, many of which feature student team projects on topics such as: the design of renewable power generation and the analysis and improvement of existing energy-intensive user systems.
He has also introduced Freshman Seminars where he teaches students about Alternative and Renewable Energy sources, and the complexities of the interactions between economics, availability, and environmental constraints and limitations.
Professor Matthys’ research includes: