Matthew Stielstra, SE

Principal, Structural Engineering


Meet Matthew

Matt is a structural engineering principal in our Anchorage office and has been part of Coffman since 2008. A born and raised Alaskan that lived out-of-state only during his college years, he received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University and his Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University.

Matt has worked on an array of building and nonbuilding structures for industrial, oil and gas, commercial, and government clients. Project types have varied from modules on Alaska’s North Slope, to military aircraft hangars, and wood framed rural schools to concrete warehouses in Guam. He has designed structures utilizing lumber/timber, light gauge steel, structural steel, masonry, cast-in-place, and precast concrete. Matt is well versed designing in high seismic regions and performing seismic evaluations and retrofits. With his background in architectural engineering, Matt enjoys collaborating with architects and other engineering disciplines to bring design concepts into the built environment but is also competent working on or offshore with oil and gas clients. Matt’s extensive experience with the Department of Defense (DoD) has given him the opportunity to design projects in the U.S. from California to Virginia, and all over Alaska, as well as in Guam, Japan, the Middle East, and Wake Island. Matt is a licensed civil engineer in Alaska, a licensed structural engineer in Alaska and Hawaii, and a licensed Building Systems Engineer (Architectural Engineer) in Washington.

Professional Organizations

  • Architectural Engineering Institute.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).
  • Structural Engineering Association of Alaska (SEAA).