By Roadtrip Nation

Matthew Krugh


My road in life has been direct.
In high school I was interested in becoming a chef or carpenter until my teacher encouraged me to take a CAD class—that class opened my eyes to the world of engineering.
I decided to pursue engineering and earned my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
After graduating, I worked as a design intern in Erie, Pennsylvania, which I enjoyed but ultimately realized wasn’t a great fit for me.
I connected with a faculty member at Clemson University, saw his research, and decided to move down to South Carolina to pursue a master’s degree.
I spent a year doing research in materials science before deciding to switch over to manufacturing research, specifically in the automotive industry, which better engaged my interest in technology.
After earning my master’s degree in automotive engineering, I moved on to my doctoral degree where I focused on improving wearable systems for manufacturing workers.
I’m currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Clemson University and I also hope to move into the entrepreneurial space in the future to help propel students’ ideas beyond the university.
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High School
Mechanical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
Automotive Engineering
Clemson University
Automotive Engineering
Clemson University


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I'm a lab manager and researcher working on improving wearable systems for the manufacturing industry.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Future opportunities in this space are becoming much more technical. Work on learning skills that will help you in a technology career. This includes things like coding and programming, data analysis, and even some artificial intelligence knowledge.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"It's not okay to fail."

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