Shelie Miller

Jonathan W. Bulkley Collegiate Professor of Sustainable Systems


PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago (civil and materials engineering)

ME, Clarkston University (civil and environmental engineering)

BS, Denison University (chemistry)

3532 Dana


Professor Miller's research uses life cycle assessment and scenario modeling to identify environmental problems before they occur. Historically, our society has taken a reactionary approach to the environment. By proactively understanding the environmental issues of emerging technologies, we can identify a greater number of options and more creative solutions to avoid or reduce negative consequences. Miller's research group works on a variety of energy-related topics, including the energy-water nexus, bioenergy, and hydraulic fracturing. 


2011 NSF Environmental Sustainability Program, Developing a Spatially-Explicit Agent-Based Life Cycle Analysis Framework for Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Bioenergy Systems, $310,000, 9/1/2011-8/31/2014 PI: Ming Xu, University of Michigan

2011 Argonne National Laboratory, Update Material Production Modules in GREET 2 Model, $100,000, 5/3/11-9/30/11, PI: Greg Keoleian, University of Michigan 

2010 NSF Science Master's Program: Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, $700,000 6/1/2010-5/31/2014, PI: Ronald Andrus, Clemson University

2009 NSF CAREER Program, Creation of Predictive and Dynamic Life Cycle Assessment Tool; $403,000, 1/1/2009-12/31/2014, PI: Shelie Miller

2009 NSF Environmental Sustainability Program, Workshop Proposal: Land Use and Geospatial Aspects of Life Cycle Assessment; $80,000 1/1/2009-12/31/2009; PI: Tom Seager, RIT


"Shelie Miller Named Bulkley Professor of Sustainable Systems"

Kavli Frontiers Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2013

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

2009 National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009-2014)

National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow (2001-2005)

Select publications: 

Sharp BE, Miller SA. Potential for integrating diffusion of innovation principles into life cycle assessment of emerging technologies, Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50(6): 2271-2781

Kemausuor F, Bollweg S, Miller S, Modelling the socio-economic impacts of modern bioenergy in rural communities in Ghana, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 2016, 14: 9-20.

Bichraoui-Draper N, Xu M, Miller SA, Guillaume B. Agent-based life cycle assessment for switchgrass-based bioenergy systems, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 2015, 103: 171-178. 

Brunner A, Currie WS, Miller SA. Cellulosic ethanol production: landscape scale net carbon strongly affected by forest decision making, Biomass and Bioenergy, 2015, 83: 32-41. 

Miller SA, Keoleian GA. Framework for analyzing transformative technologies in life cycle assessment, Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49(5): 3067-3075.


International Society of Industrial Ecology, ISIE (2001-)

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, SETAC (2006-)

Assoc. of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, AEESP (2007-)

American Associate for the Advancement of Science (2015-Present)


Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (2015-Present).

Steering Committee, Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse, University of Michigan, (2013-15).

Nominating Committee, International Society of Industrial Ecology (2011-14).

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