CIM Faculty/Staff Member
Dr. Federico “Fred” Aguayo, Ph.D
School: Texas State University
For the last four years, Dr. Federico “Fred” Aguayo, Ph.D, has served as a tenure-track, assistant professor at Texas State University. He has many responsibilities including teaching several CIM courses related to concrete materials, durability and repair, serves as a faculty supervisor to undergraduate and graduate researchers and primary investigator (PI) for the Infrastructure Materials Research Laboratory. Dr. Aguayo also advises students with their coursework, serving as the faculty advisor for the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Student Chapter and supports the CIM program and Patrons’ Board.
When asked the question “why should students” get involved in the CIM program,” Dr. Aguayo notes that the reasons are many. “Students in the CIM program gain some of the best technical knowledge, experience and training in “concrete science” as well as a robust business education that serves them well in any industry,” commented Dr. Aguayo. “In addition, this is a very hands-on type of degree so there are many exciting opportunities to receive training including teaching lab sections, undergraduate research experiences and summer internships. Not to mention the career opportunities are endless within this industry.”
The career paths for CIM graduates are many. “During my time at Texas State,” continued Aguayo, “I have seen many graduates pursue various career paths including quality control managers, concrete testing technicians, project managers or engineers and concrete materials researchers. Other career opportunities include materials sales managers, project coordinators, client relations, etc. The CIM program offers a blend of career opportunities. Most unique about this program, though, is that it offers the managerial and business skills necessary to succeed regardless of the positions they pursue.”
Dr. Aguayo emphasizes that one of the best features of the CIM program is the partnership between CIM and its industry partners. Having support from the concrete industry sets the tone on how important it is to develop strong, technical, and business professionals in our industry. Their contribution, whether monetary, serving as an advisory board, or simply volunteering their time to CIM students has a huge impact on the success of the program.
Dr. Aguayo’s advice: “The students of the CIM program are like no other. The CIM program provides companies with well-rounded students full of technical concrete knowledge with a robust business background – a rare feature most four-year programs do not have.”