Since 1992, The University of Texas at Austin has welcomed between five and eleven Army War College Fellows each year through a partnership with the Army War College. The fellows—Army officers who have succeeded operationally and are being prepared to take on high-level strategic positions in the military—spend their year at the university taking master’s level classes in several departments including the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Kenneth Matwiczak came to the LBJ School from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was an instructor and associate professor in the Department of Systems Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1990. He also holds an M.B.A. from Long Island University, an M.S. from Purdue University, and a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Matwiczak retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. In the Army, he was Chief of Studies and Test Integration for a Joint Service Test Force that was charged with developing a methodology to evaluate Air Defense Artillery battle doctrine through computer simulation and live field exercises. Additionally, he supervised the Engineering Management majors program at West Point, which was selected as the best program of its kind in the nation in 1991.Matwiczak teaches courses in applied statistics, program evaluation, quantitative decision methods, management science, program evaluation, and project management at the LBJ School. He also directed several LBJ School policy research projects. These projects have ranged from developing a database of Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan, to building a model for assessing U.S. Public Diplomacy efforts, preparing a best practices guide for the economic recovery and development of rural communities following a military base closure, assessing the Texas State Performance-Based Budgeting System, and developing a performance measurement model for public sector organizations.
His research and professional interests include: Public Administration Education and Professional Development; Program Evaluation and Quantitative Methods; Performance Management in Government