are civil engineers who specialize in the design, selection, specification, construction, maintenance, testing and evaluation of construction materials for various civil engineering structures. Material engineers are involved in all engineering activities of design, operation and management of engineering projects. Construction materials cover wide range of materials used in building civil engineering structures including roads, airports, bridges, buildings and waterway structures. Construction materials typically used include soils, aggregates, Portland cement concrete mixes, asphalt concrete mixes, metals including steel and aluminum, geosynthetics, composites, and wood materials. Pavement Engineers
are civil engineers who specialize in the design, construction and management of highway and airport pavements. They deal with pavement materials such as asphalt concrete mixes for flexible asphalt pavements, and Portland Cement Concrete mixes for rigid concrete pavements. Both types can be used for highway and airport applications.
The civil engineering curriculum at the University of Idaho covers these topics at both undergraduate and graduate level. At the undergraduate level, students are required to take an introductory course on construction materials and they can take an elective course on pavement design and rehabilitation. At the graduate level, there are three graduate courses that address these topics.
Current research in the construction materials and pavement engineering involve projects sponsored by Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Science Foundation (NSF). These projects cover range of characterization of pavement materials, development of new design methods, and implementation of new technologies in pavement design and evaluation. For specific list of research projects in the transportation materials, please visit the National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology
For additional information regarding studies in pavements and construction materials engineering, contact Dr. Fouad Bayomy