Matthew Ryan Dillon

Software Engineer

Address: 1350 S. Knoles Drive, Building 56, Room 224, Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Phone: (907) 750-0414



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M.S. in Civil Engineering

University of Alaska Fairbanks


Thesis: The impact of a fluctuating freezing front on ice formation in freezing soil

Advisor: Yuri Shur, Ph.D, Sc.D

B.S. in Civil Engineering, cum laude

University of Alaska Fairbanks


Positions Held

Research Software Engineer

Caporaso Lab, Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

July 2016 - Present

Designed and developed the open source software suite QIIME 2 as part of a diverse, worldwide team. Co-taught QIIME 2 instructional workshops, designed user-documentation, and provided interactive support for end-users of QIIME 2. Mentored undergraduate student interns working in the Caporaso Lab.

Software Engineer/Owner

MD Solutions

Flagstaff, Arizona & Anchorage, Alaska

October 2013 - Present

Developed custom web applications for management of scientific data on multi-disciplinary teams. Deployed multiple high performance compute-clusters, bare-metal and cloud-based. Designed data management schemes for long-term data integrity.

Web Application Developer

GeoNorth, LLC

Anchorage, Alaska

June 2013 - August 2014

Determined and fulfilled client needs through the maintenance, design, and development of custom web applications for private organizations and government entities throughout the United States.

Staff Engineer

Golder Associates Inc.

Anchorage, Alaska

September 2010 - August 2013

Directed, organized, and supported geotechnical engineering projects, including field explorations, lab work, and computer-based engineering simulations and analysis. Lead small to medium-sized teams in related field efforts. Interfaced with clients to determine requirements. Tracked and handled project budget and client invoicing.

EPSCoR Research Fellow

Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Cooperative Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

September 2008 - August 2010

Researched frost heave mechanics, frozen soil properties and behavior. Developed software to automate and interpret live testing equipment and results.

Graduate Research Intern

Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

September 2007 - August 2009

Directed and planned fieldwork involving permafrost sampling, including core drilling, exposure description, field testing.

Teaching Assistant, Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

College of Engineering and Mines, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

September 2007 - May 2008

Prepared, instructed, and graded student labs. Redesigned lab procedures in conjunction with faculty guidance.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

September 2006 - May 2007

Performed ASTM soil tests. Synthesized data and prepared reports.

Grants and Awards

Technical Skills

Python (Django, Flask, Scipy, Numpy, Pandas), Javascript (Vue, Ember.js), Go, Docker, Git, Ansible, Vagrant, Latex, HTML, Postgresql (w/ PostGIS), Linux/Unix system administration, CI/CD.