SEMM Seminar: Environmentally Sustainable Engineered Materials and Systems

Seminar | February 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. Sabbie Miller, UC Davis

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Critical to lowering environmental impacts from the built environment is reengineering our materials and infrastructure systems. Focusing on one of our most used materials, cement, 90% of which is used in building and infrastructure systems, we can begin to identify feasible mitigation strategies. Currently, the high production, and consequent environmental impacts, of cement and cement-based materials has sparked global concern. Cement and cement-based materials are responsible for ~8% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, ~3% of global energy demand, and ~2% of global water withdrawal. Understanding how we can re-engineer cement-based materials from the nano-scale to the macro-scale is essential to mitigate such environmental impacts. This seminar will explore the reasons why reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cement-based materials has been difficult, and it will present several mitigation strategies controlled by structural engineers.

Sabbie Miller received her PhD from Stanford University in 2014 in civil and environmental engineering with a concentration in structural engineering and geomechanics. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of California Davis, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Berkeley. Professor Miller’s research focuses on lowering the environmental impacts of the built environment. She is developing methods for improving materials design procedures to concurrently assess environmental impact and material performance by linking concepts from structural engineering, materials engineering, and life-cycle assessment. Professor Miller is a contributing member in the United Nations Environmental Programme SBCI Working Group on Low-Carbon Cement Initiative, and she serves on several national committees pertaining to structural material sustainability.

 CA, pong@berkeley.edu, 5106645249