Carol Miller

Carol Miller

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Carol Miller

Biography

Co-Director, WSU One Health Initiative, 2021 – Present

U.S. Chair, Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, International Joint Commission, 2015-Present.

Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University, 2007-2012.

Chair, Wayne State University Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives, 2008-2015.

Chair, College of Engineering, Faculty Assembly, 2002-2004.

Director, WSU,Healthy Urban Waters, 2014-present.

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University, 1998 present.

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University, 1989 - 1998.

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University, 1984 - 1989.

Project Engineer, STS Consultants, Ann Arbor, MI, 1982-1984. Performed water infrastructure analysis, flood, insurance studies, dam safety investigations, groundwater contamination remediation design, and waterway analysis.

Education

PhD in Civil Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
MSE in Civil Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
BSE in Civil Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Research Projects

Selected Listings

  • The Erb Family Foundation, PI, (5/2021-4/2024, $450,000), Emerging Contaminants and Engagement with Watershed Organizations.
  • Ford Community Corps, PI, (12/2020 – 6/2021, $3000), Tree planting data and map creation for Greening of Detroit.
  • Environmental Protection Agency – P3 Grant, PI. (6/01/2020-6/01/2021, $26,416), GSI-Informed Urban Groundwater Monitoring Networks. 
  • CIGLR, Co-PI, (A. Steinman), Groundwater in Crisis: Addressing Groundwater Challenge in Michigan as a Template for the Great Lakes Summit, 2021, $20,000. 
  • MDHHS, Co-PI (W. Schuster, PI), Dorm-level wastewater monitoring for SARS CoV-2 material: a process-based approach to inform early-warning and control (Wayne State U., Detroit MI) 2020-7510, $263,809.
  • CURES (NIEHS Center for Urban Responses to Stressors), PI, Exploring Mechanisms and Pathways of VOC Migration Beneath Detroit's Neighborhoods, 09/14/2020 – 03/31/2022, $65,000.
  • The Erb Family Foundation, PI, Healthy Urban Waters – Phase II, $800,000 (2018-2021).
  • National Science Foundation, PI, Rapid: Investigations and Analysis Associated with Massive Sewage Blockage, $80,000 (2019-20).
  • National Science Foundation, Field Stations and Marine Laboratories: HEART Field Stations for HEALTHY URBAN WATERS (2016-2018). PI
  • National Science Foundation, NRT: Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability and Training T-RUST, (2017-2021) $2,900,000; co-PI. (Donna Kashian, PI)
  • National Science Foundation, Identifying Generation and Emission Sources for Individual Loads at Specific Locations and Times: Toward Environmentally Sensitive and Guided Electricity Usage, (2015-2018) $359,965; co-PI. NSF, ECCS-1508910. (Caisheng Wang, PI)
  • National Institute of Health; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (2016-2018), Rapid Response to Contaminants in Flint Drinking Water. $421,435 total, McElmurry, S.P.; Miller, C.J.; Pitts, D.K.; Sackey, D.J.; Seeger, M.; Masten, S.J.; Hanna-Attisha, M. McElmurry is PI
  • National Science Foundation, REU: Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing (2016); faculty participant (Huang, Rickli co-PIs)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA), (2016). Accelerating the Shift to Environmentally Sensitive Electricity through Collaborative Competition (GLPF project #1072). Total Grant $550,000. WSU portion $150,000. PI
  • Michigan Energy Office (2017-2018). PI. Benchmarking Energy Consumption in Detroit’s Municipal Buildings. $80,000. (two awards)
  • ERB Family Foundation, (2015-2018). PI. Healthy Urban Waters. $650,000

 

Publications

Selected Listings

Teimoori, S., O'Leary, B., & Miller, C. (2021). Modeling shallow urban groundwater at regional and local scales: Case study in Detroit, MI, Water, 13, 11,1515. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111515

Wang, C., Wang, Y., Rouholamini, M., & Miller, C. (2021). An Equivalent Circuit-Based Approach for Power and Emission Tracing in Power Networks, IEEE Systems Journal, DOI: 10.1109/JSYST.2021.3067296

Hu, T., Wang, C. and Miller, C. (2021). Identification of Marginal Generation Units Based on Publicly Available Information. Applied Energy. 281, article:116073, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116073

Miller, C.J., Runge-Morris M, Cassidy-Bushrow AE, Straughen JK, Dittrich TM, Baker TR, Petriello MC, Mor G, Ruden D, O’Leary B, Teimoori S, Tummala C, Heldman S, Agarwal M, Roth K, Yang Z, Baker BB. (2020). A review of volatile organic compound contamination in post-industrial urban centers: reproductive health implications using a Detroit lens. Int J Environ Res Public Health; 17, 23, 8755; https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/23/8755

Wang, J., Baskaran M., Kumar A., Bilhan O., Miller, C. (2020). Reconstruction of Temporal Variations of Metal Concentrations using Radiochronology (239+240Pu and 137Cs) in Sediments from Kizilirmak River, Turkey. Journal of Paleolimnology. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-020-00154-w

Steis Thorsby, J., Miller, C. J., Treemore-Spears, L. (2020). The Role of Green Infrastructure in Flood Mitigation (Detroit, MI, USA) – Case Study. Urban Water Journal, 17, 9, 838-846, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2020.1823429

Vasquez, A., Kabalan, B., Ram, J., Miller, C. (2020). The Biodiversity of Water Mites That Prey on and Parasitize Mosquitoes, Diversity, Online Edition, MDPI. P. 226. https://doi.org/10.3390/d12060226

Barkach, J. H., Miller, C., Selegean, J. P., Bradley, E. A. (2020). Comparison of Watershed Sediment Delivery Estimates of 60 Michigan Rivers Using the USACE Great Lakes Regional Trendline and the Syvitski and Milliman Global BQART Equation. Journal of Hydrology, 582, article:124460. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124460

Rouholamini, M., Miller, C. J., Wang, C. (2019). Determining consumer's carbon emission obligation through virtual emission tracing in power systems. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 39, 1. https://doi.org/10.1002/ep.13279

(Best Paper Award) Bilhan, O., Aydin, M.C., Emiroglu, M.E., Miller, C.J. (2018). Experimental and CFD Analysis of Circular Labyrinth Weirs. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 144, 6, DOI: https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29IR.1943-4774.0001301

Bilhan, O., Emiroglu, M. E., Miller, C. J., Ulas, M. (2018). The evaluation of the effect of nappe breakers on the discharge capacity of trapezoidal labyrinth weirs by ELM and SVR approaches. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 64, 71-82. DOE: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2018.10.009

Xu, L., Miller, C.J., Olson, J. et al. (2018). Huron-to-Erie Water Quality Data Platform. Environmental Processes. 5, 465. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40710-018-0322-7

Sadatiyan, S. M., Miller, C. J. (2017). PEPSO: Reducing Electricity Usage and Associated Pollution Emissions of Water Pumps. Water, 9, 9, 640. http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/9/640/htm

Alighalehbabakhani, F., Miller, C.J., Baskaran, M., Selegean, J., Barkach, J., Dahl, T., Abkenar, S.M. (2017). Forecasting the remaining reservoir capacity in the Laurentian Great Lakes watershed, Journal of Hydrology, 555, 926-937, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.10.052

Zhao, Z., Wang, C., Wang, Y., Miller, C.J. (2017). Temporal and Spatial Load Management for Cost and Emission Reduction, Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CJECE), 40, 2, 83-92. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7999298

Mao, X., Miller, C., Zheng, X., Zhou, L. (2017). Cement Improved Highly Weathered Phyllite for Highway Subgrades: a case study in Shaanxi Province, Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, 4, 4, 403-411. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095756417303094.

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Michigan
  • Chair, State of Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, 2002-03

Awards and Honors

  • UM Chapter, Chi Epsilon, Honorary Member, April 2020
  • Board Member – Water Environment Research Foundation, 2015 – present
  • National Academy of Sciences Invited Speaker, May 2014
  • Guest Editor – Sustainable Computing (Elsevier), Special Issue on Water&Energy, 2014
  • Fellow - Engineering Society of Detroit, Inducted as Fellow, June 2012
  • Member - Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society
  • Member - Sigma Xi
  • Career Development Chair Award, WSU

Coursework

 • BIO 7310 Urban Sustainability Seminar
• CE 5410: Energy Emission Environment
• Honors 1000: City (1)
• BE 1200: Introduction to Engineering Design
• CEE 3250: Fluid Mechanics
• CEE 4995: Senior Capstone Design (shared among faculty)
• CEE 6130: Engineering Hydraulics (Open Channel Flow)
• CEE 6190: Groundwater Hydraulics
• CEE 6270: Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
• CEE 6580: GeoEnvironmental Engineering and Remediation
• CEE 7190: Advanced Groundwater Hydraulics
• FPH 7420: Water Infrastructure and Public Health (Lectures)
• Directed study at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels