Michael Thomas



Civil Engineering

Head Hall HC-7


1 506 458 7789

Speciality: Construction Materials, Infrastructure Repair


  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, 1982
  • PGCE Teaching Certificate, University of Nottingham, 1983
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Aston, 1987

Courses taught

  • CE 2512 - Materials for CE
  • CE 5503/CE 6503 - Concrete Technology

Research interests

  • Durability of cement and concrete materials, alkali-silica reaction (ASR), alkali-carbonate reaction (ACR), chloride ingress and corrosion of steel, delayed ettringite formation, sulfate attack, use of portland limestone cement, pozzolans, slag and other industrial by products
  • Repair of concrete, use of fibre-reinforced plastics, use of lithium for ASR control
  • Service-life prediction and life cycle analysis of concrete structures (co-author of Life-365)


  • Member of Editorial Board of Cement and Concrete Research
  • Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI),
  • American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • Réunion Internationale des Laboratoires d'Essais et de recherche sur les Matériaux et les Constructions (RILEM)


  • American Concrete Institute Wason Medal for 2009
  • Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, 2006
  • Engineering Foundation Endowed Lectureship 2001 (University of Texas)
  • American Concrete Institute Construction Practice Award for 2000
  • Thomas Barton Award, October 1997 (Best Paper)
  • American Concrete Institute Wason Medal for 1996
  • Winner of 1993 Director's Fund Competition, Ontario Hydro
  • CEGB Research Fellowship, Imperial College, London, U.K.
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (U.K.) Thomas Telford Premium, 1989