Shareholder Spotlight: Matthew Calhoun
Dr. Matthew Calhoun, assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), is Athabaskan Indian from Takotna, and was raised in Homer, Alaska. Calhoun graduated from the University of Alaska and, as a participant in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering (ANSEP) program, he earned a bachelor of science in engineering.
Calhoun worked as a civil engineer on remote construction projects throughout Alaska, and then returned to work with ANSEP as pre-college program director. Through this effort, he focused on motivating and empowering more Alaska Native high school students to pursue a degree in science or engineering.
Calhoun has now earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, and his PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2015, Calhoun was among the first Alaska Native faculty members at the UAA College of Engineering.
Calhoun is a past recipient of scholarships from Doyon Foundation. “I am thankful and grateful for the Doyon Foundation believing in their students by investing in our education,” he said. “I will continue to be an advocate and voice for future Alaska Native students to pursue higher education degrees, while keeping our cultural values.”
Calhoun is the son of adoptive parents Dennis and Charlotte Calhoun, and biological and step-parents Mike and Rose Johns, and Steve and Lulu Vollertsen. He and his wife, Maylie, are raising their three children in Anchorage, Alaska.