Your research will focus on a wide range of construction materials used in civil engineering projects, such as aggregate, asphalt, concrete, pavements and masonry. Typically, students obtaining degrees in construction materials have a related emphasis depending on their career goals. Laboratory research is an integral part of the curriculum, and experimental testing is conducted in the four individual materials laboratories: Aggregate, Asphalt, Concrete and Load Frame. Recent research has investigated concrete mixtures, asphalt mixtures, concrete test procedures, stabilized and unstabilized base materials, subgrade soil behavior, and the design and behavior of pavement structures.
The Center for Infrastructure Engineering Systems (CIES) focuses on the rehabilitation of bridges and buildings by applying new materials, such as self-consolidating, fiber-reinforced composite materials.