Courtney Miller is currently earning her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in Water Resource Engineering under the advisement of Dr. Aris Georgakakos. The focus of her research is to improve the understanding and modeling of wetland hydrologic and ecological functions and responses using satellite and in situ data. Courtney was awarded a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
B.E., McGill University, Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, 2009
Professional Appointments and Experience
African Program Staff, Engineers without Borders (EWB) Canada, Business Development Services team. July 2012 – July 2013. Based in Lusaka, Zambia and partnered with an agribusiness that supports small-holder farmers in the production of cotton. Project managed a community school construction project that consisted of 9 rural communities across 3 regions of Zambia. Helped solidify the EWB team strategy by developing social metrics on overseas projects we were affiliated with for impact investors.
Field Engineer, Massman Construction Co. July 2009 – July 2012. Assisted Chief Estimator for 7 Months in Kansas City, MO and was then assigned to the New Mississippi River Cable-Stayed Bridge project in St. Louis, MO. Designed temporary access, lifting devices, and miscellaneous steel structures (bracing, templates, etc.) Developed, drafted, and implemented field assembly and installation plans. Prepared heavy lift plans and supervised critical lifts. Served as technical support to foreman and superintendents on MO river pier. Communicated field realities back to office management to improve quality and safety on job.
Project Team Leader, Engineers Without Borders USA. Jan. 2011 – Aug. 2011. Assisted in the design and installation of a bridge-culvert project in Pimienta, Honduras. Visited the project one year after the installation to assess whether the community was benefiting from the project.
Junior Fellow, EWB Canada. May 2008 – Aug 2008. Based in the Northern Region of Ghana. Initiated a partnership between EWB and an agribusiness that supported small-holder farmers in the production of organic mangoes for export. Developed and implemented a training curriculum, user manuals, and an M&E system for drip irrigation equipment. Lived with a family dependent on subsistence farming and stayed in surrounding villages for 1 week intervals to gain insights into challenges faced by small-holder subsistence farmers. Presented my experience to various audiences and facilitated learning workshops with my student chapter in Montreal.
Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2014 - 2016
Awarded Georgia Engineering Foundation Scholarship, Fall 2013.
Founder and President – Ga Tech CDO Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) Fall 2014.
St. Louis Gateway Profession Chapter Engineers Without Borders USA, Jan. 2010 – Aug 2012.
McGill Engineers Without Borders Canada - VP Internal 2007 – 2008; VP Member Learning 2008 – 2009.
Awarded Catherine and Henry Boh Scholarship 2006 (Boh Bros Construction).
Tulane American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – undergraduate representative 2005 – 2006.
Tulane ASCE Concrete Canoe Regional Champions 2005, attended nationals.
Tulane Women's Club Soccer, member of the executive board 2005.
Tulane Founders Scholarship Recipient 2004.
Teaching and Training Activities
Teaching Assistant,McGill University: Groundwater Engineering, Spring 2009;
Teaching Assistant,Georgia Institute of Technology: Applied Statistics for Civil Engineers, Spring 2014