Dr. Ferron teaches a variety of courses focused on the infrastructure materials. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Ferron if you would like more information about these classes.
CE 324P: Properties and Behavior of Civil Engineering Materials
- An introductory, required course for second-year civil and architectural engineering students to introduce material science and engineering concepts. Students learn about the structure, properties, and behavior of engineering materials, including metals, portland cement concrete, asphalt, wood, polymers and composites. The course includes a laboratory that illustrate mechanical behavior of typical materials and demonstrate selected principles of mechanics.; the laboratory reports have a substantial writing component.
ArE 345K: Masonry Engineering
- An upper-level elective introductory course on masonry materials and design. Students learn about the behavior of masonry materials and components, the impact of material selection and design choices on thermal performance, and common deterioration mechanisms impacting masonry systems. Methods for design of masonry building are introduced, primarily concentrating on masonry wall systems. The course includes a laboratory, term project, and field trips. Four and one-half hours a week for one semester, including lecture and laboratory.
CE 397: Paste and Concrete Rheology
- An advanced course for civil engineering materials graduate student that Dr. Ferron developed in which students learn about the principles, tools and applications of workability and rheology. Primary focus is on cement-based materials, but materials such as soils, polymers, and asphalt are also briefly covered. Students also learn about quality control methods and how fresh state portland cement concrete behavior is impacted by changes in constituent materials, mixture proportioning, and processing on fresh state behavior. The course includes a laboratory and students complete an independent research project.
CE 397: Sustainable Infrastructure Materials
- An introductory course Dr. Ferron developed to teach students general principles governing sustainability and key considerations to take into account when designing, selecting, and using “green” infrastructure materials. Students learn how to evaluate building and pavement materials and product manufacturers by considering the social, environmental and economic impacts. In addition, students are introduced to concepts pertaining to green rating systems, life-cycle analysis, sourcing, energy efficiency, off-gassing, green specifications, third-party certifications, green washing, and ethical considerations of sustainability. Students are taught how to combine their knowledge of design with their sustainability knowledge to select/design materials with optimum eco-performance, mechanical properties, and durability for a project. Examples from literature and case studies are presented. The course also includes field visits to local sites (e.g., a construction and demolition waste facility, a landfill, green-rated buildings). Due to interest from the undergraduate, there is a proposal to cross-list this course as an upper-level undergraduate elective course.