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Miller, Shelly L. Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Miller's research is focused on improving our understanding of air quality and reducing health effects and exposure to air pollution. A novel component of her work is her focus on the indoor environment, where people spend the majority of their time. Dr. Miller is one of the leading researchers on the use of control technologies for reducing infectious disease transmission, including ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. She has also been active in characterizing housing conditions in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods and in studying ultrafine particle penetration into buildings. Dr. Miller recently lead an EPA study on the association between home infiltration rates and respiratory disease. Dr. Miller has been involved in multi-investigator projects to measure coarse and fine particulate matter concentrations in the Front Range and associated health effects, and to understand the indoor microbiome in US Homes and associated indoor and outdoor factors.

keywords

  • indoor air quality, urban air quality health effects, exposure to particulate air pollution, development and evaluation of indoor air quality control measures including ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and filtration, source apportionment of ambient particulate matter, infectious disease transmission and control, weatherization, energy efficiency in buildings

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • CVEN 3414 - Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Emphasizes chemical, ecological and hydrological fundamentals and importance of mass and energy balances in solving environmental engineering problems related to water quality, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, sustainability and risk assessment.
  • DTSA 5701 - Introduction to High Performance and Parallel Computing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    This course introduces the fundamentals of high-performance and parallel computing, and the software skills necessary for work in parallel software environments. These skills include big-data analysis, machine learning, parallel programming, and optimization. It covers the basics of linux environments and bash scripting all the way to high throughput computing and parallelizing code.
  • EVEN 4980 - Senior Thesis 1
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Provides faculty-supervised independent research in environmental engineering for students planning to complete a senior thesis. To be taken prior to EVEN 4990, during the final year before graduation. Department consent required.
  • EVEN 4990 - Senior Thesis 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Continuation of EVEN 4980. Consists of final phase of faculty-supervised research, the preparation of a written thesis, and an oral defense of the research to a committee.
  • EVEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
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  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • MCEN 4131 - Air Pollution Control Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces air quality regulations, meteorology and modeling. Examines methods for controlling major classes of air pollutants, including particulate matter and oxides of sulfur and nitrogen, as well as control technology for industrial sources and motor vehicles. Requires interdisciplinary design projects. Same as MCEN 5131.
  • MCEN 4141 - Indoor Air Pollution
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Describes the impact of indoor air pollutants on human health, including an introduction to key pollutants and their sources. Students will estimate emission factors, calculate generation/ventilation rates, quantify the impact of deposition and chemical reactions and explore relevant control technology. Current issues will also be addressed, including climate change, green building design, economic concerns and relevance to the developing world. Same as MCEN 5141.
  • MCEN 5131 - Air Pollution Control Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces air quality regulations, meteorology and modeling. Examines methods for controlling major classes of air pollutants, including particulate matter and oxides of sulfur and nitrogen, as well as control technology for industrial sources and motor vehicles. Requires interdisciplinary design projects. Same as MCEN 4131.
  • MCEN 5141 - Indoor Air Pollution
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Describes the impact of indoor air pollutants on human health, including an introduction to key pollutants and their sources. Students will estimate emission factors, calculate generation/ventilation rates, quantify the impact of deposition and chemical reactions and explore relevant control technology. Current issues will also be addressed, including climate change, green building design, economic concerns and relevance to the developing world. Same as MCEN 4141.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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