Catherine K. Armwood-Gordon

Associate Professor & Associate Dean
Civil and Architectural Engineering

Dr. Armwood-Gordon is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Tennessee State University. She received her PhD in Architectural Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2014) and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Tennessee State University (2007). Her technical expertise is structural engineering, with research interest in the study of the behavior of structural materials and structural performance of existing structures and structures subjected to natural disasters. She also conducts research in faculty development and engineering education. She is the Director of Student Services and Outreach for the College of Engineering. She holds the positions of TSU Regional Director for the Tennessee Science Olympiad, TSU National Summer Transportation Institute Director, Board Member of the Nashville Region Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Organization, Treasurer of the Music City Professionals of the National Society of Black Engineers, and serves on the Metro Public Schools STEM Advisory Board and Tennessee Department of Education STEM Advisory Council.


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  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD, Architectural Engineering, August 2014
  • Tennessee State University, BS, Architectural Engineering, May 2007

Employment History:

  • Director of Retention and Recruit Office, College of Engineering, Tennessee State University, August 2020-current
  • Associate Professor: Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Tennessee State University, August 2020-current
  • Assistant Professor: Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Tennessee State University, August 2014- July 2020

Research Interest:

  • Nondestructive testing: Assessing the structural integrity of infrastructures through use of non-destructive equipment and sensors on buildings and bridges.
  • Mechanical Testing of Materials: Development and mechanical evaluation of innovative cementitious structural materials that contribute to the structural design industry for improved infrastructure behavior in the case of natural and man-made disasters.
  • Engineering Education: Developing hands-on programs that support STEAM education of underrepresented middle and high school students. Implementing hands-on, practical application, professional development and service learning in order to improve the interest and retention of underrepresented collegiate students in engineering.

Example of Publications:

  • Wen, K., Li, Y., Huang, W., Armwood, C., Amini, F, and Li, L. 2019, Mechanical Behaviors of Hydrogel-treated Sand, Construction & Building Materials, 207, 174-180.
  • Liu, S., Wen, K., Li, L., Armwood, C., Bu, C., Li, C., and Amini, F. 2019, Environmental Durability of MICP-treated Sandy soils and Methods to Improve its Resistant Ability, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 31(12): 04019294.
  • Armwood, C., Erdogmus, E., Haider, H. 2011, Effect of Fibers on the Flexural Strength of Masonry Mortars, The Masonry Society Journal, 29(1):19-32.
  • Armwood, C., McKoy, T., Hammond, M., Hargrove, S. 2020, A Survey on How Career and Professional Development Practices Impact Graduation in Engineering and Science Education, Journal of STEM Education, under review.
  • Armwood, C., Erdogmus, E. 2020, Bond Strength of Fiber Reinforced Mortars, American Concrete Institute Journal, in progress.
  • Erdogmus, E. and Armwood, C. (2010). “Flexural Strength of Fiber-Reinforced Lime Mortar for Historic Masonry Structures.” HMC10: Proceedings of Historical Mortars Conference, September 22-24, Prague.
  • Erdogmus, E., Armwood, C (2010). “Sustainable Fiber Reinforced Mortar (FRM) Mixtures for the Preservation of Unreinforced Masonry Architectural Heritage” Project Report National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), National Park Service. - Project No: PTT MT-2210-08-NC-03.

Teaching Courses:

AREN 1001 Introduction to Architectural Engineering
AREN 2300 Building Materials and Construction
AREN 3021 Architectural Design II
AREN/CVEN 3410 Structural Analysis
AREN 3430 Advanced Steel and Reinforced Concrete Design II
AREN/CVEN 3440 Steel Design
AREN 3460 Wood and Masonry Design
AREN 4430 Lighting and Power Systems
ENGR 1020 Freshman Engineering Seminar
ENGR 2130 Mechanics of Materials
ENGR 2131 Mechanics of Materials Lab
ENGR 3200 Introduction to Design
ENGR 4500 Capstone Design Project I
ENGR 4510 Capstone Design Project II
CVEN 5730 Matrix Analysis of Structures
UNIV 1000 Freshman Orientation: Service to Leadership



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