Scott Miles

Research Scientist |

Sieg Hall, Room 310, Box 352315, Seattle, WA 98195

Dr. Scott Miles is an expert on disaster risk reduction, community resilience, and lifeline infrastructure. He is currently a research scientist in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at University of Washington and a private consultant.

Prior to University of Washington, he was instrumental in establishing Western Washington University’s disaster risk reduction undergraduate program, as well as WWU’s Resilience Institute. He possesses a unique set of skills and experiences across the fields of civil engineering, geomorphology, geographic information systems, and urban planning.

As a social scientist with an engineering background, Dr. Miles has a strong foundation in both quantitative and qualitative analysis methods. Dr. Miles has received grant funding or contracts from the National Science Foundation, Natural Hazards Center, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Washington State Emergency Management Division, Washington State Department of Ecology, King Count Office of Emergency Management, NOAA, and USGS, among others.

Dr. Miles received his PhD in geography from University of Washington, where he studied the synergy between urban geography, geological hazards, disaster recovery, spatial simulation modeling, and collaborative process design. He received a post-graduate diploma from the University of Edinburgh in GIS, with a focus on environmental modeling. His MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering is from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he focused on geotechnical earthquake engineering and numerical methods. An undergraduate degree in the same field was received from Washington State University.

Dr. Miles was a member of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Region Earthquake Hazards Team for six years, as well as a university instructor, research associate, and private consultant.

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  • Ph.D.-Geography, University of Washington (2004)