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Dr. Heather Brown

Dr. Heather Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Concrete Industry Management

Dr. Heather J. Brown joined the Concrete Industry Management Program (CIM) in August 2001 and is currently Department Chair and Associate Professor. Dr. Brown’s technical experience includes five years of material testing and research for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. She also consulted on construction materials projects for several associations, companies, and state institutions. She has authored and co-authored over a dozen papers and been published in Concrete International, ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Transportation Research Record, International Center for Aggregate Research Journal, American Chemical Society Journal and Tennessee Concrete. She has been a presenter and guest lecturer on topics such as factors affecting concrete strength, pervious pavements, fiber reinforced concrete, whitetopping pavements, high performance concrete, excavatable flowable fill, skid resistant aggregates, and masonry inspection. Dr. Brown has been awarded a recipient of MTSU Faculty Leadership Series, recipient of the National College Teaching Conference, CBAS Outstanding Grantsmanship, CBAS Overall Excellence and MTSU Faculty Who Make a Difference.

Dr. Brown’s background in teaching began at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) with construction materials, surveying, geotechnical engineering, and masonry materials. Her teaching efforts at MTSU extend to five concrete courses relating to blueprint reading, fundamentals of concrete, concrete construction methods, concrete applications, troubleshooting concrete, and senior concrete lab. She also teaches construction surveying for the department. Research in the concrete materials arena is a major interest for Dr. Brown. Undergraduate research assistants are utilized in various projects for NSF, DOT, ORNL and private companies.

She is very active with student organizations as faculty advisor for American Concrete Institute (ACI), Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) and National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She also spends time as coordinator for volunteer concrete projects performed by the students for the community.

Dr. Brown’s academic preparation includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and PhD in Civil Engineering all from Tennessee Technological University.

Heather J. Brown resides in Lascassas, TN with her husband J. Chris Brown who is a Mechanical Engineer for Nissan North America and their sons, Mason and Wyatt Brown.