Karl Peterson


Professor Karl Peterson’s research centers on advancing the use of various microscopy techniques and x-ray tomography for microstructure analysis of concrete and other materials. He is currently working with a number of agencies on methods for analysis of concrete microstructure, and a number of these agencies are now using his automated concrete air-void analysis system.

Education and Designations

  • B.S. Geology (1995, University of Minnesota, USA)
  • M.S. Civil Engineering (2001, Michigan Technological University, USA)
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering (2008, Michigan Technological University, USA)


  • Geologist I, Minnesota Department of Transportation (1995-1998)
  • Research Sci./Eng. I, Michigan Technological University (1999-2007)
  • Assistant Research Professor, Michigan Technological University (2008-2010)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (2010-2017)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (2017-present)

Research Interests

Application of microscopic techniques to study the durability and performance of building materials, especially concrete!


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
Fall 2019Wednesday17:0019:000101
CME185HWinter 2020Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

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Karl Peterson
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


Office: GB326

Tel: 416-978-4589
Fax: 416-978-6813