Miranda Grice, a graduate student in civil engineering from Burlington, Wisconsin, has focused her academic career on finding solutions to reducing the waste created by the demolishing and rebuilding of single-purpose buildings. Grice’s research has combined her passions for sustainability, environmental consciousness, and construction, in the lab of Brandon Ross, Cottingham Associate Professor of Civil Engineering. There she is exploring the option value of adaptable building practices, in order to determine if investing in adaptable features for buildings makes economic sense, both now and in the future.
Grice’s continuing work with Habitat for Humanity strengthened her understanding of the impact construction has in sustaining communities and solidified her goals of creating sustainable construction methods to address the issues of affordable housing, housing and material shortages, aging buildings, construction waste and depleted natural resources.
She has also been a strong advocate for women in STEM fields and plans to continue her role as a mentor for women in construction and first-generation college students.
Grice is the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship. She plans to continue her Ph.D. in civil engineering at Clemson University.
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