Carol Miller

Carol Miller

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Carol Miller


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.

Research Group

Director, Healthy Urban Waters:

Co-Founder and Research Director, Energy Emissions Intelligence,

Research Projects

  • 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
  • National Science Foundation (2015-16), CBET Award # 1541869, A Workshop for Integrative and Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water in Transitioning Urban Landscapes, $28,840. PI
  • National Science Foundation (2013-14), Field Station and Marine Laboratory Planning Grant: HEART Field Center. PI
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (2014-2016), Dam Capacity II - Analysis under Changing Climate: Modeling, Radionuclide Dating, and Analysis. PI
  • DTE Energy (2013-14), Evaluation of Pressure Surge Failure of PVC Piping in Power Plant Operation: Valve Closure Features. PI
  • NOAA, Michigan Sea Grant (2014 – 2016), Two-Stage Ditch Design in Macomb County, MI. PI
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund (2013-2015), Real-Time Energy Impact Monitors for Residential, Industrial and Policy Use. PI
  • State of Michigan (2014-2015), Beach Health Monitoring via Rapid Methods using qPCR: Pilot at Lake St. Clair
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (2012-2014). Great Lakes Large Aquatic Ecosystem Data Exchange. Co-PI. McElmurry is PI
  • Great Lakes Commission (2010-11), Delisting of Beneficial Use Impairments of the Detroit River Area of Concern. PI
  • Ford Motor Company (2011), Sustainable Technologies Workshops and Conference. PIURC (2010-11), Innovation in Water Science and Technology, Education and Entrepreneurship - Creating Michigan’s WaterHub through Academic-Government-Private Partnerships. co-PI with Love (UM) and Rose (MSU)
  • University of Detroit Mercy (2010), Incorporating Environmental Sustainability into Transit Oriented Development on Detroit LRT System. (PI: Khasnabis)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (2009-12), Sediment Yield and Dam Capacity in the Great Lakes Watershed. PI
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund, Real-Time System Optimization for Sustainable Water Transmission and Distribution, Dr. Miller is PI, $1.5 Million, 2008-13.
  • National Science Foundation, Collaborative Project: Development of Materials for Teaching Design for Sustainability via Spiral Leaning co-PI with Guerra-Lopez, Boyle, Ku, and Huang (PI). 2007-2009.Michigan Dept. of Transportation and FHWA,A Critical Evaluation of Bridge Scour for Michigan-Specific Conditions, co-PIs: Dr. Miller and Dr. Carpenter (LTU). 2007-2010.
  • Wayne State University, Global Grant for Civil Engineering Education in Venezuela, Dr. Miller PI, 2005-06.
  • National Science Foundation Award No. EEC-0343086, The Urban Environment as the Cornerstone of a Civil Engineering Curriculum for the 21st Century Dr. Miller is PI, Dr. Usmen is co-PI. 2003-04.
  • American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AWWARF),Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products and Endocrine Disruptors --Occurrence, Fate and Transport in the Great Lakes Water Supplies and the Effect of Advanced Treatment Processes on Their Removal Dr. Miller is co-PI, Sept. 2003-2005.
  • Detroit DWSD, Pump System Training for DWSD System Engineers, Dr. Miller is PI, Summer 2003.


Xu, L., Miller, C.J., Olson, J. et al. (2018) Huron-Erie Water Quality Data Platform. Environ. Process. 5: 465.

Watson, S., Miller, C.J., Arhonditsis, G., et al. (2016). The re-eutrophication of Lake Erie: Harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. Harmful Algae, 56, 44-66.

Miller, C.J., Olson, J., Xu, L. and Amoozegar, S. (2017). Detroit Regional Source Water Monitoring Data Platform. Platform Presentation at 2017 Symposium of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR): From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems, May 15-17, 2017.

Alighalehbabakhani, F., Miller, C.J., Selegean, J.P., Barkach, J., Sadatiyan Abkenar, S. M., Dahl, T., Baskaran, M. (2016). Estimates of sediment trapping rates for two reservoirs in the Lake Erie watershed: Past and present scenarios. Journal of Hydrology, 544, 147–155. 0022-1694/ 2016 Elsevier.

Baskaran, M., Miller, C., Anupam, K., Andersen, E., Selegean, J., Creech, C., Barkach, J. (2015). Sediment Accumulation Rates and Sediment Dynamics Using Five Different Methods in a Well-Constrained Dam: Case Study from Riley Dam, MI. Journal of Great Lakes Research,41, 2, 607-617, ISSN 0380-1330,

Creech, C., Siqueira, R., Selegean, J., Miller, C. J. (2015). Anthropogenic impacts to the sediment budget of São Francisco River navigation channel using SWAT. International Journal of Agriculture & Biological Engineering Open Access at Vol. 8 No.3 (133).

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,

M. Rifai, S., Miller, C.J., (2009). Theoretical Assessment of Increased Tensile Strength of Fibrous Soil Undergoing Desiccation, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 135, 12.

Han, Y.S., Lee, J.Y., Miller, C., Franklin, L. (2009). Characterization of humic substances in landfill leachate and impact on the hydraulic conductivity of geosynthetic clay liners. Waste Management & Research, 27, 3, 233-241.

Miller, C.J., Rifai, S. (2004). Fiber Reinforcement for Waste Containment Soil Liners, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (JEE), 130, 8, 891-896.

Lee, J.Y., Miller, C. (2000). Fractal dimension for the cracks of compacted clay liners in the landfill cover system in winter condition, Geosciences Journal, 4, 2, 89-93.

Sadatiyan, S. M. & Miller, C. (2018). Advanced Hydroinformatic Techniques for the Simulation and Analysis of Water Supply and Distribution Systems. Advanced Hydroinformatic Techniques for the Simulation and Analysis of Water Supply and Distribution Systems.

Sadatiyan, S. M., Miller, C. J. (2017). PEPSO: Reducing Electricity Usage and Associated Pollution Emissions of Water Pumps. Water, 9, 9, 640.

Harris, A., Rogers, M., Miller, C.J., McElmurry, S., Wang, C. (2015). Residential emissions reductions through variable timing of electricity consumption. Applied Energy, 158, 484–489.

Rogers, M., Xu, G., Miller, C., McElmurry, S., Shi, W., Wang, Y., Xu, C. (2015). HERO: A smart-phone application for location based emissions estimates, Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems, 8, 3-7. ISSN 2210-5379,

Professional Affiliations

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

Awards and Honors

  • Rackham Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan
  • H.W. King Fellowship, University of Michigan
  • 1990-91 Career Development Chair Award, WSU
  • 1990 Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, Engineering Educator of the Year
  • 2005 Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, SE Michigan, Engineer of the Year
  • 2007 WSU Outstanding Faculty Service Award