Materials & Pavements

Materials & Pavements

Research, education, and service activities in the field of pavements and related materials.


The Materials and Pavement group is devoted to promoting sustainable practices in pavement engineering, enhance understanding of distress mechanisms and failure modes, develop testing and conditioning procedures to improve material characterization, and develop design approaches for pavement systems that optimize performance.



Education for Leadership Roles

  • Innovative foundation systems and lifelines
  • Safer embankments and retention systems
  • More effective pavement systems
  • Enhanced performance construction materials

Research Focus Areas

  • Nano-modification and polymer modification of materials
  • Advanced sensing technologies
  • Advanced experimental methods
  • Geotechnical centrifuge
  • Electron microscopy
  • Interferometry
  • Computer tomography
  • Dynamic methods
  • Multi-scale computer modeling

Research Outcomes

  • Faster and more accurate condition assessment
  • Enhanced performance and durability
  • More effective specifications for materials and construction
  • Real-time assessment techniques
  • Guidelines for recycling waste materials
  • Safer containment systems for waste

Research Benefits

  • Reduced risk in engineering decisions
  • Less pollution through recycling
  • Reduced traffic disruption and highway user costs
  • Lower maintenance and rehabilitation costs
  • Sustainable and more reliable constructed infrastructure

Graduate Study Program

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree


Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Materials & Pavements

Within the materials and pavement engineering fields, employers often seek out our graduates with master’s degrees. They have high expectations regarding the skills and capabilities that our graduates bring with them into industry. Consequently, we offer a specialization in materials and pavement engineering within the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. The following requirements, in addition to the minimum requirements imposed by the UF Graduate School, must be met for graduation.

Course Requirements

Master’s students specializing in Materials and Pavement Engineering (MPE) are expected to satisfy the following minimum coursework requirements and procedures. Upon admission, a MPE faculty member is assigned as your advisor. Regardless of whether you are pursuing a Thesis or Non-Thesis degree, you must complete the coursework requirements outlined on the following page for the MPE specialization.  You will also be required to complete the Master’s Program Plan of Study (PPS), which is posted on the ESSIE website. You must also have it approved by your advisor during the first week of classes in your first semester. You must request the use of transfer credits toward your degree program on the PPS and obtain approval, as indicated by the advisor’s signature on the PPS. Prior to the registration periods of subsequent semesters, contact your advisor for approval of your proposed course selection for the upcoming semester along with any changes in your PPS. Once your course selection has been approved by your advisor, you will then send (via email) your course selection along with your updated and approved PPS to your advisor with a copy submission to Your advising hold will then be removed, allowing you to register.

Additional requirements may be imposed by the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering or the University of Florida Graduate School; therefore, the student should consult the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

Non-thesis Master’s degree

Non-thesis students obtaining a Master’s of Science degree must satisfy the final exam requirements by submitting a completed design or analysis term project that earned a grade of B or better from one of the core competency courses listed in the coursework requirements. Projects from outside the curriculum will not be considered. Projects are to be submitted to the student’s advisor for approval and must be comprehensive in nature. Master of Engineering students are not required to complete the final examination per the Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Master’s degree-seeking students:

A thesis master’s degree-seeking student is required to have a supervisory committee. That committee must consist of a minimum of two members, a chair (usually the advisor) and at least one additional member. The full committee should be formed by the mid-term of the second semester. If a minor is designated, the committee must include a graduate faculty member from the minor department.

Grades & Graduation

Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and an overall 3.00 GPA within the departmental courses to be eligible for graduation.

Coursework Requirements

Courses are selected to ensure students obtain a minimum level of competency in materials and pavement engineering. After the course requirements for the categories are met, remaining coursework must be selected from approved electives.

MS or ME with Thesis

Minimum 30 total semester hours; min. 24 hours coursework permitted; min.  and max. 6 hours Masters Research (CGN6971) permitted OR 27 hours coursework recommended; and; min 3 hours Masters Research (CGN6971) required; min. 15 hours coursework in Civil and Coastal Engineering, written master’s thesis; oral defense. Enrollment of 3 credit hours (Fall/Spring) or 2 credit hours (Summer) of Masters Research (CGN 6971) is required during the final/graduating semester. The student must take a minimum of 21 credits of coursework from the college of engineering.

MS or ME with Coursework Only (non-thesis)

Minimum 30 total semester hours of coursework; (only available if the student has not received financial aid from the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering), min. 15 hours coursework in Civil and Coastal Engineering. The student must take a minimum of 21 credits of coursework from the college of engineering.

Core Materials and Pavement Courses – students must take at least four (4) of the following courses:

  • CGN 5715 Experimentation and Instrumentation in Civil Engineering Materials Research
  • CGN 6505 Properties, Design and Control of Concrete
  • CGN 6506 Bituminous Materials
  • CGN 6905 Pavement Design
  • CGN 6905 Superpave Technology
  • TTE 5837 Pavement Management Systems
  • CGN 6905 Concrete Durability
  • CGN 6905 Concrete Structural Rehabilitation
  • CGN 6905 Microstructural Analysis of Cementitious Systems
  • CGN 6525 Sustainable Materials

Electives (18 credits):

  • CGN 6971 Master’s Research (3 to 6 credits required only for thesis option)
  • BCN 6748 Construction Law
  • CEG 5115 Foundation Design
  • CES 5010 Probabilistic and Stochastic Methods in Civil Engineering
  • CES 5116 Finite Elements in Civil Engineering
  • CES 5235 Design of Highway Bridges
  • CES 5606 Topics in Steel Design
  • CES 5715 Prestressed Concrete
  • CES 5801 Design and Construction in Timber
  • CES 6106 Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CES 6706 Advanced Reinforced Concrete
  • CES5835 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures
  • CES6108 Structural Dynamics
  • CES6855 Condition Assessment of Structures
  • CGN6905 Advanced Instrumentation
  • CGN 6905 Design of Temporary Structures
  • EAS 6242 Advanced Structural Composites
  • ECH 6126 Thermodynamics of Reaction and Phase Equilibria
  • ECH 6851 Impedance Spectroscopy
  • EGM 6570 Principles of Fracture Mechanics
  • EGN 6039 Engineering Leadership
  • EGN 6640 Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • EGN 6642 Engineering Innovation
  • EMA 5008 Particle Science and Technology: Theory and Practice
  • EMA 6136 Diffusion, Kinetics, and Transport Phenomena
  • EMA 6316 Materials Thermodynamics
  • EMA 6319 Applied Colloid and Interfacial Chemistry for Engineers
  • EMA 6507 Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis
  • EMA 6507 Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Lab
  • EMA 6510 Survey of Materials Analysis Techniques
  • EMA 6516 X-Ray Methods of Material Characterization
  • EMA 6516L X-Ray Methods Laboratory for Materials Characterization
  • EMA 6715 Fracture of Brittle Materials
  • EMA 6803 Classical Methods in Computational Materials Science
  • EMA 6804 Quantum Methods in Computational Materials Science
  • EMA 6808 Error Analysis and Optimization Methodologies in Materials Science
  • EMA 6938 Monte Carlo Methods
  • ENV 5306 Sustainable Materials Management (Municipal Refuse Disposal)
  • ENV 6617 Prin. Green Eng. Design & Sustainability
  • ENV 6932 Beneficial Use of Waste Materials
  • ENV 6932 Construction and Demolition Debris Management
  • GLY 3200C Principles of Mineralogy

Elective Notes

  • Classes listed in core materials and pavement courses taken above the credit hour requirement in that competency may count toward the elective credit requirement
  • Other classes in Civil, Coastal, Environmental engineering or with a prefix of EGN may be taken upon approval of advisor
  • Other electives outside of the college of engineering may be taken upon approval of advisor
  • A maximum of 9 credits outside of engineering may be used to satisfy degree requirements.


Photo of Christopher Ferraro Christopher Ferraro Assistant Professor
(352) 392-0959

460B Weil Hall

Photo of Dennis Hiltunen Dennis Hiltunen Professor

265J Weil Hall

Photo of Steven Laux Steven Laux Senior Lecturer

102 Sustainable Materials Management Research Laboratory

Photo of George Lopp George Lopp Associate In

265H Weil Hall

Photo of Fazil Najafi Fazil Najafi Professor
(352) 294-7790

470 Weil Hall

Photo of Taylor Rawlinson Taylor Rawlinson Research Assistant Scientist
(352) 846-3526

128 Weil Hall

Photo of Kyle Riding Kyle Riding Professor
(352) 294-1628

460C Weil Hall

Photo of Reynaldo Roque Reynaldo Roque Professor Emeritus
(352) 294-7769

265N Weil Hall

Photo of Mang Tia Mang Tia Professor

265M Weil Hall

Photo of Jian Zou Jian Zou Research Assistant Scientist
(352) 294-7799

265I Weil Hall

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  • Geotechnical centrifuges
  • Mobile field sensing equipment
  • 20-ton in situ truck
  • Geophysics and NOT
  • Advanced materials characterization
  • Variable Pressure SEM
  • Laser interferometry
  • Deep foundation test chamber
  • Full-scale pipe testing facility
  • Extensive geotechnical, concrete and asphalt laboratories
  • 16 node Silicon Graphics Inc. parallel processor supercomputer

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