Karl Peterson


Professor Karl Peterson’s research centers on microstructural analysis of concrete and other materials.

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)

Research Interests

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


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
Concrete TechnologyFall 2022Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Microscopy Applied to Building and Geomaterials

Summer 2023
May 8-12 and
May 22-25
Monday to Friday each week11:0014:00

U of T’s Concrete Canoe team victorious in Quebec

University of Toronto’s Concrete Canoe Team has returned from the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition 2022 in Sherbrooke, QC with a handful of awards. The 25th annual competition saw University of Toronto’s team take 3rd overall, in addition to many other honours including: Innovation of the Year (with using Capacitance to measure canoe thickness and […]

Protecting a freshwater spring on Nicaragua’s Corn Island

Each year the capstone design course provides students with the opportunity to solve a problem for a real-world client and normally culminates in a project showcase at the end of the term.  With supervision and guidance from Prof. Kamran Behdinan (MIE) and Prof. Karl Peterson (CivMin), a team of MechE students collaborated with Seeds of […]

CivMin profs online: A new digital world

Just as students have had to adapt to new ways of learning, professors in the Deparment of Civil & Mineral Engineering have been adept at delivering their online lectures and providing academic continuity. A few professors are sharing their new methods of delivering via the following images.             ~ ~ […]


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