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Ms. Miriam Heller, Ph.D.


Miriam Heller, as Principal of MHITech Systems, provides systems analysis and consulting services in sustainability, infrastructure, and e-learning.For over 25 years, Miriam has been applying sustainable systems thinking to design, modeling, and multicriteria decision and risk analysis of infrastructure and manufacturing systems. Miriam also has over 30 years of experience in cyberinfrastructure, informatics and e-learning. Current sustainability engagements include adapting infrastructure to climate change; sustainable smart manufacturing metrics, and sustainable engineering education.Miriam directed information technology and education research advancement at the University of Southern California. At NSF her research programs included the Cyberinfrastructure; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate; and Engineering. Her work in infrastructure earned her the distinction of being selected as one of 13 National Academy of Engineering Speakers at the Frontiers of Engineering in 2001.Heller was a millennium Fulbright Senior Scholar in France on leave from Univerisity of Houston's Industrial Engineering faculty. Other professional experiences include Digital Equipment, Citibank, and Office of Technology Assessment as AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. As an ASCE member, Heller serves on the Committee on Adaptation to Climate Change and the Journal of Infrastructure Systems Editorial Board. She has over 40 publications on systems engineering models of environment, sustainability and civil infrastructure.Heller earned a B.S. from University of Rochester, her Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University's Dept. of Geography and Environmental Engineering, and received postdoctoral training in statistics at the Université Marie et Pierre Paris VI, France.Specialties: Sustainable infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, decision/risk analysis, e-learning for sustainability, academic faculty and research development.