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
Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Fall 2021Wednesday17:0019:00
CME185HWinter 2021Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

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… Read more »

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.             ~ ~… Read more »

Big builders thinking small: Conference examines microscopic details of building materials

By Phill Snel We know civil engineers are involved in building tall buildings, long bridges and large stadiums, but just how much detail do civil engineers delve into? Surprisingly, they’re examining building materials down to the microscopic level. Sharing research and discoveries is big part of this small world (pun intended) within the engineering community…. Read more »


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


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