Materials Engineering

Material engineers improve the road you travel on, the coal used to fuel a factory, and the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Through their study of asphalt and bituminous materials, roads and sidewalks last longer and fuels, like coal, are more energy efficient.

The Materials area of emphasis in Civil Engineering provides freedom for students to develop a plan of study that will meet individual goals. Students take a broad range of courses including chemistry, construction, geology, mathematics, mechanics, and other engineering disciplines. Historically, the area has continuously maintained a balance between theoretical, experimental and practice-based approaches to solving problems. The Materials Engineering faculty are dedicated to teaching and research. The Materials Engineering Research Facilities offer hands-on experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.

Civil Engineering's Materials group has a loyal alumni network in both academia and private practice around the world. Research is divided into two broad themes: Asphalt and Bituminous Materials, and Portland Cement and Concrete.The American Concrete Institute at Purdue University also offers opportunities for students to bridge the gap between academic learning and professional practice.


Spotlights

February 1, 2013

Zavattieri receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Pablo Zavattieri was recently awarded a CAREER grant, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious honor for young researchers.
December 14, 2009

Former student receives dissertation award

Former student Karol Kowalski received the award of the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure for his PhD dissertation titled "The Influence of Mixture Composition on the Noise and Frictional Characteristics of Flexible Pavements" which he completed at the Superpave Center in 2007.
December 10, 2009

Prof. Olek receives board committee appointment

Congratulations to Prof. Jan Olek for his appointment as a member of the Technical Activity Committee (TAC) of the American Concrete Institute. The TAC is responsible for overseeing all aspects of technical activities of the ACI, including activities of all technical committees and all publications.
October 25, 2006

Purdue researchers receive the Fred Burggraf Award at TRB

It was recently announced that the 2007 Fred Burggraf award will be given to Gaurav Sant, undergraduate student, Pietro Lura, post-doc, and Associate Professor Jason Weiss, for their paper titled "Measurement of volume change in cementitious materials at early ages: review of testing protocols and interpretation of results".
August 3, 2006

Civil graduate receives 1st Place

Farshad Rajabipour, graduate student, was awarded first place in poster contest for his work on the development of a sensor for assessing drying in concrete during the Spring 2006 meeting of the Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials.
August 3, 2006

Mather Award received by Civil undergraduate student

This year's 2006 Bryant Mather Award was given to Gaurav Sant, undergraduate student, Pietro Lura, post-doc, and Associate Professor Jason Weiss, Materials, for their paper titled "Measurement of volume change in cementitious materials at early ages: review of testing protocols and interpretation of results".
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