CIF Director Bob Carr introduced CIF's first scholarship recipient, Christine K. Miller, at the 2001 NOVA Awards Banquet. At the time, Christine was working on a Ph.D. in construction engineering and management. Construction Innovation Scholars are to be sponsored with scholarship grants to support their work as half-time research assistants on assigned construction innovation topics. The scholars will also be responsible for identifying, soliciting, and obtaining nominations for the NOVA Award and for preparing original papers on their assigned topics for publication on the CIF Web site.
As a civil engineering student at the University of Michigan, Miller was honored as a Marian Sarah Parker Scholar and received her bachelor of science degree magna cum laude. She also received her U-M Masters of Science in Construction Engineering and Management with better than an "A" average. During her master's study Miller was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Great Lakes Center Scholar.
Miller has worked six summers as a laborer performing all phases of bridge construction for her father's construction firm, Miller Development, in Mt. Pleasant. She also has short term experience with Boone & Darr Mechanical Contractors, Granger Construction, and Project Advisors International.