Born on 30th October, 1955 in Bokkos, Plateau State. Prof. Danladi Slim Matawal attended Nigeria Army Primary School in Bokkos, 1963-1968, obtained WASCE Division One from Government College, Keffi in 1969-1973. He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with First Honour in Civil Engineering (1974-1978). Prof. Matawal later studied as a Commonwealth scholar at the Imperial College, University of London, and obtained M.Sc in Civil Engineering & DIC, Soil Mechanics in 1980-1981, and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos in 1992 respectively.
Prof. Matawal worked as a Senior Engineer with Etteh Aro & Partners Consultant Engineers saddled with Design, Supervision & Construction of Roads, Water Supply schemes, Building &Structural schemes and Drainage works in 1978-1983. He joined the Plateau State Polytechnic as a Director of Works in 1983-1987. He left the Plateau State Polytechnic in 1987 to join Abubakar Tafa Balewa University, Bauchi as a Lecturer II in the Department of Civil Engineering where he was appointed a Professor in 1999. He was Director of Centre for Distance Learning between 2000 and 2004; Head/Cordinator, Department of Civil Engineering, Dean of Engineering & Engineering Technology 2004- 2008, Dean of Postgraduate School between 2008-2011. In 2011, Prof Matawal was appointed as Director General/CEO, Nigerian Building & Road Research Institute (NBRRI) an agency under Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. Prof. Matawal has held national and International Services across the globe and his major academic contributions are in the areas of works on Numerical Instability problems in structural mechanics, Pozzolana Cement with applications to produce Sandcrete blocks; designing water purification systems for a household of six (6) using Olefeira Moringa Powder, designed and fabricated the Reinforced Earth Compactor and Rammer, and currently emphasizing on Mitigation of Incessant Building Collapses in which he has pioneered 10 interventions and technical reports in 2011 and 2012. He received the Raw Material Research & Development Agency Award in 2006. He has written many books and published several journals.
Prof. Matawal is a COREN Registered Engineers, Member, Nigerian Institute of Management, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria and Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers.