Dr. Brian Miles

Brian Miles recently completed his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through his research he explored the role of residential stormwater management on stormwater pollution in Durham, NC and Baltimore, MD; he is focused on developing improved informatics tools for applying process-based ecohydrology models to urban ecosystem services. Brian also has experience in energy policy, starting with his M.S. thesis work (2008) at the University of Vermont (UVM) exploring the debate over wind energy in Vermont. More recently (2008-2010) Brian worked as coordinator of the Coastal Wind Energy Program at the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University, where he: coordinated a technical advisory group to the NC Environmental Management Commission regarding state-wide wind permitting legislation; organized, with NC Dept. of Commerce, a North Carolina exhibit and business breakfast at the American Wind Energy Association Windpower 2010 conference, raising support from NC-based and international business sponsors; and managed field collection of wind data from anemometer towers at four sites in coastal NC. In addition to his thesis work at UVM, Brian worked as a programmer on a team that developed an integrated land-use (UrbanSim) and transportation (TransCAD) model for Chittenden County, Vermont. Prior to his Masters work, Brian worked for four years as a web applications developer for the Computing Services division at Carnegie Mellon University, where in 2001 he earned a B.S. in Information Decision Systems. As part of post-graduate coursework, Brian did research in the area of food policy, leading a project that worked with community groups to establish a farmers’ market, now in its eighth year, in an under-served Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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