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Department Chair and Professor

Dr. Heather Brown

615/904-8060 | VET 114A

Dr. Heather J. Brown joined the Concrete Industry Management Program (CIM) in August 2001 and is currently Department Chair and 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 concrete and masonry tolerances. Dr. Brown has been awarded a recipient of CBAS Outstanding Grantsmanship, CBAS Overall Excellence, MTSU Faculty Who Make a Difference, and recognized as an influential Women in Business in Rutherford County in 2015.

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), and Associated General Contractors (AGC). 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.