Lawrence Sutter, PE

Lawrence L. Sutter


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  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director, MDOT Transportation Materials Research Center
  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering Option, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Metallurgical Engineering - Mineral Processing Option, Michigan Technological University
  • AAS, Electrical Engineering Technology, Ohio Institute of Technology


Dr. Larry Sutter is a Professor at Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI. Dr. Sutter has over 30 years experience in materials characterization, concrete-making materials, and concrete durability. His primary areas of expertise are durability, materials characterization, and the forensic analysis of concrete. Other interests include cement production, the use of fly ash and blast furnace slag in concrete, and other topics related to concrete materials and durability.

Dr. Sutter holds numerous leadership positions within the industry including serving as a member of ASTM Committees C01 Cement and C09 Concrete, and Chairman of ASTM Subcommittees 9.24 Supplementary Cementitious Materials and 9.65 Petrography. He is a member of the C09 Executive Subcommittee and numerous other subcommittees. 

Dr. Sutter is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and serves as Chairman of ACI Committees 232 on Fly Ash and ITG-10 on Alternative Cementitious Materials. He is also a member of ACI Committees 130 Sustainability, 201 Durability, 221 Aggregates, 233 Slag Cement, 239 Ultra-high Performance Concrete and 240 Natural Pozzolans.

Dr. Sutter is a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

Teaching Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials

Research Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials
  • Concrete Durability
  • Secondary & Recycled Materials

Example Projects

  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation, $144, 958, “Laboratory Study for Comparison of Class C Versus Class F Fly Ash for Concrete Pavement ”, Principal Investigator, 8/11 - 3/13.
  • National Concrete Paving Technology Center, $98,016, “A Study of Premature PCC Joint Deterioration”, Principal Investigator, 12/09 -5/10.
  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program, $749,125, “Specifications and Protocols for Acceptance Tests of Fly Ash Used in Highway Concrete”, Principal Investigator, 7/07 - 7/11.