Infrastructure Materials

Scope and Objectives

Graduate study in the Infrastructure Materials focus area at Oregon State University emphasizes the fundamental understanding of materials and property relationships, microstructural development and its impact on long-term performance, durability and sustainability of civil and construction engineering materials, principles of green construction and materials selection as well as rehabilitation, assessment and repair of infrastructure with a focus on materials aspects. Coursework provides fundamental theory as well as application to real-world engineering problems. Research opportunities abound and are supported in the suite of world-class Infrastructure Materials Laboratories. The M.S. and M.Eng. Programs prepare students for careers in consulting, design, development, state and federal positions, regulation, or construction. Additionally, the M.S. program provides the background for students wishing to further their career in academic or industrial research, teaching, or further specialization to pursue the Ph.D. degree.

Program of Study

  • Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
    • The program of study for the M.S. and M.Eng. degrees consists of a minimum of 45 credit hours. If a minor is pursued, approximately two-thirds of the work must be in the major area and one-third in the minor area. For the M.S. degree, a student with major professor approval may elect a thesis or non-thesis (technical report) option; a maximum of 12 credit hours is allowed for the thesis and 6 for a non-thesis or project option. Students who are supported with a GTA or GRA position must produce a research thesis or project report. The M.Eng. degree requires coursework only; students pursuing the M.Eng. degree are generally not supported with GTA or GRA positions.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • The program of study for the Ph.D. requires 63 credits beyond the 45 credit hours required for an M..S or M.Eng. These consist of roughly 18 additional hours of coursework and approximately 45 hours of thesis credit. The exact hours must conform to the CCE and OSU Graduate School Curriculum requirements as well as guidance provided by the student’s committee. View the degree checklist and program of study information. 

Entrance Requirements

Minimum entrance requirements (equivalent coursework to OSU Course Numbers listed):

  • Calculus and differential equations: MTH 251, 252, 254, 256, and 306
  • Statistics: ST 314
  • Physics (with calculus): PH 211 and 212
  • Civil and Construction Engineering Materials (CCE 321)
  • Chemistry: CH 201
  • Engineering Mechanics: ENGR 211 (statics), 212 (dynamics), and 213 (strength of materials)
  • Structural Theory:  CE 381, CE 382*

*recommended but not required

Available Courses

Course Credit Hours
CCE 522 – Green Building Materials (3)
CCE 523 – Concrete Fundamentals (4)
CCE 524 – Asphalt Fundamentals (3)
CE 532 – Finite Element Analysis (4)
CE 572 – In-situ and Lab Testing of Soils (4)
CE 592 – Pavement Structures (3)
CE 596 – Pavement Evaluation and Management  (3)
CCE 621 – Durability and Condition Assessment of Reinforced Concrete (4)
CCE 623 – Corrosion of Metals and Corrosion Control  (4)
CCE 624 – Service Life Modeling of Infrastructure Materials (4)

CCE 520 – Selected Topics in Infrastructure Materials 

Topics include but are not limited to: Experimental Methods in Cement Chemistry, Advanced Concrete Construction, Internal Curing of Concrete

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MATS 555 – Experimental Techniques in Material Science (4)
MATS 570 – Structure Property Relationships (4)
MATS 581 – Thermodynamics of Solids (4)
MATS 587 – Dislocations, Def, Creep (4)
MATS 584 – Advanced Fracture and Fatigue of Materials (4)
WSE 571 – Renewable Materials in Building Construction (3)
WSE 521 – Wood Science I (4)
WSE 522 – Wood Science II  (4)
WSE 561 – Manufacturing with Renewable materials I (4)
WSE 562 – Manufacturing with Renewable materials II (4)
WSE 553 – Global Trade in Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 555 – Marketing and Innovation in Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 530 – Polymer Composites (3)
WSE 573 – Bio-energy and Environmental Impacts  
ST 511 – Methods of Data Analysis (4)
ST 512 – Methods of Data Analysis (4)
ST 515 – Design and Analysis of Planned Experiments (3)

Up to 15 hours can focus on minor area of interest (e.g., related to research activities), subject to approval by the student’s committee. These can be within CCE (e.g., structures, geotechnical, transportation, etc.) or outside of CCE (e.g., material science, geosciences, chemistry, wood science, etc.).

Additional related undergraduate courses 

These undergraduate courses may be taken for no graduate credits to gain better understanding of renewable materials.

Course  Credit Hours
WSE 210 – Renewable Materials Technology and Utilization  (4)
WSE 321 – Anatomy and Chemistry of Renewable Materials  (4)
WSE 322 – Physical and Mechanical Properties of Renewable Materials  (4)
WSE 324 – Renewable Materials Lab  (3)
WSE 390 – Global Issues in Renewable Materials  (3)
Major professors can be found in these areas: 

Materials Science Faculty

Roberto Albertani

Roberto Albertani

Associate Professor

Roberto.Albertani@oregonstate.edu

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Next-Generation Materials & Devices
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Joe Baio

Associate Professor

joe.baio@oregonstate.edu

Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Materials and Catalysis | Health and Biotechnology
Li-Jing Cheng

Larry Cheng

Associate Professor

chengli@eecs.oregonstate.edu

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Electronic Materials and Devices | Health Engineering
Erdem Coleri

Erdem Coleri

Associate Professor

erdem.coleri@oregonstate.edu

Civil and Construction Engineering
Infrastructure Materials
Pallavi Dhagat

Pallavi Dhagat

Professor
College of Engineering Dean's Professor

dhagat@oregonstate.edu

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Electronic Materials and Devices | Health Engineering
Karl Haapala

Karl Haapala

Professor

Karl.Haapala@oregonstate.edu

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Advanced Manufacturing
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Christopher Higgins

Professor
Cecil and Sally Drinkward Professor in Structural Engineering

chris.higgins@oregonstate.edu

Civil and Construction Engineering
Structural Research
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Jason Ideker

Professor
Eric H.I. and Janice Hoffman Professor in Civil and Construction Engineering

jason.ideker@oregonstate.edu

Civil and Construction Engineering
Infrastructure Materials
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Milo Koretsky

Emeritus Appointment

milo.koretsky@oregonstate.edu

Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
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Wade Marcum

Senior Associate Dean
Henry W. and Janice J. Schuette Professor in Nuclear Science and Engineering

wade.marcum@oregonstate.edu

College of Engineering | Nuclear Science and Engineering
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Peter Nelson

Emeritus Appointment

peder.nelson@oregonstate.edu

Civil and Construction Engineering
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John Parmigiani, P.E. (OR, PA, WA)

Associate Professor-Senior Researcher

john.parmigiani@oregonstate.edu

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Next-Generation Materials & Devices
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Brian Paul

Emeritus Professor

brian.paul@oregonstate.edu

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Advanced Manufacturing
Steven Reese

Steven Reese

Director, Radiation Center

steve.reese@oregonstate.edu

Nuclear Science and Engineering
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Cory Simon

Associate Professor

cory.simon@oregonstate.edu

Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Materials and Catalysis | Computation and Simulation
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Graham Tewksbury

Associate Professor-Senior Researcher

graham.tewksbury@oregonstate.edu

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Next-Generation Materials & Devices
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David Trejo

Professor
Hal Pritchett Chair in Construction Engineering Management

david.trejo@oregonstate.edu

Civil and Construction Engineering
Infrastructure Materials | Construction Research
William Warnes.

William Warnes

Emeritus Appointment

warnesw@engr.oregonstate.edu

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
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Dorthe Wildenschild

Professor
Jon and Stephanie DeVaan Chair and Executive Director for Clean Water Initiatives

dorthe@engr.oregonstate.edu

Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Water and Environment