ESSIE Courses


CGN 4905 Concrete Mixture Design

This course will cover concrete constituent materials, test methods, mixture design and optimization for different applications, and basic durability mechanisms.


  1. Students will learn the cement and supplementary cementitious material production processes
  2. Students will learn the cement chemical reactions
  3. Students will learn and apply mixture design procedures for different class of concrete
  4. Students will learn common concrete quality control test methods
  5. Students will study common causes of concrete deterioration
  6. Students will use software to design concrete systems for a target service life

CGN 4905 Railroad Engineering

This course serves as an introduction to railroad engineering.


  1. Design a railway track structure
  2. Describe fundamentals of railroad signaling and positive train control
  3. Describe track construction and railroad maintenance of way


CGN6905 Concrete Structural Rehabilitation

Concrete Structural Rehabilitation will cover the basic mechanisms that cause degradation of concrete pavements and bridges, methods for diagnosing concrete degradation mechanisms, and proper repair methods.


  • Learn mechanisms that cause deterioration of concrete structures and pavements, including structural and materials related causes
  • Diagnose deterioration cause for most common types of concrete distress
  • Apply concrete repair principles to concrete degradation mechanisms and select appropriate repair method
  • Design appropriate concrete strengthening / protection system

CGN 6905 Concrete Durability

Concrete Durability will cover in detail concrete infrastructure deterioration mechanisms. Topics to be covered include:

  • Performance vs prescriptive concrete materials specifications
  • Concrete permeability test methods
  • Freeze-thaw/ salt scaling/ joint deterioration mechanisms and test methods
  • Alkali-aggregate reaction and test methods
  • Corrosion and corrosion prevention
  • Sulfate attack
  • Physical salt attack
  • Abrasion loss
  • Service life modeling

CGN 6905 Microstructural Analysis of Cementitious Materials

This course will focus on common test methods used to characterize the microstructure of cementitious systems. This course will have a lab component. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Cement manufacturing process
  • Cement and SCM composition, phase equilibria, hydration reactions
  • Particle size analysis
  • X-ray flourescence
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Sample hydration stopping
  • Chemical shrinkage
  • Isothermal calorimetry
  • Thermal techniques (TGA/ DSC)
  • Pore system characterization (gas sorption, MIP)
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Spectroscopy (Raman, FTIR, NMR)
  • Thermodynamic modeling with GEMS

Current and Future Courses

Spring 2021

CGN 4905 Railroad Engineering

CGN 6905 Railroad Engineering