P.E., CSI, CDT, Certified Thermographer – President
Travis grew up in Willard, Missouri and followed his family into the construction industry. His family is rooted in construction beginning with his grandfather, who was a jack of all trades. He had a “heavy lifting” company here in Springfield which performed boiler exchanges and even included house moving. Several of his 8 children found their way into construction including Travis’s father Jerry Miller. Jerry worked as a union laborer while working his way through college to get a business degree. He worked his way through the ranks of Dewitt and Associates to become their head estimator.
In 1988, Jerry left Dewitt to start his own construction material supply store called JM Specialty Sales. Travis had the pleasure of working there beginning at the age of 12 sweeping the floors for $2.00 an hour. (He did not understand child labor laws!) Travis worked there on weekends and summers until he graduated from high school. There, he learned more than he realized about concrete form systems, insulation, caulking, patching materials and fasteners just to name a few. After high school, Travis started working for Larry Wolf, P.E. where he learned AutoCAD version 10 and spent a number of weekends and summers interpolating contours by hand and learning the in’s and out’s of civil and structural engineering. All the while, Travis attended school at both Southwest Missouri State University and the University of Missouri – Rolla (now called Missouri University of Science and Technology). Travis also worked a short period for Bockman Engineering Services as a drafter.
After graduating from UMR, Travis landed a job at Carson Mitchell, Inc, a design-build construction company in Springfield, Missouri. At this job, he worked under Kit, Jim and Doug Carson as a construction project manager where he managed several heavy industrial and heavy commercial projects over a 6-year period. Travis passed his Professional Engineer exam in 2003 just prior to his wife Laurie having their son Alex and daughter Brooke (twins). Travis started Miller Engineering, P.C. in January of 2004 and has acted as the engineer of record for thousands of projects in 15 different states.
In his free time, Travis enjoys camping, floating and hiking. He is a Boy Scout Leader, serves on the Camp Wakonda Committee, Camp Arrowhead committee, Troop 174 committee, Venture Crew 274 and volunteers for several not for profit organizations.
P.E., CSI, CDT – Structural Designer/Forensic Investigator
Andy Coleman has been with Miller Engineering, P.C. since 2011. He was born in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Springfield, Missouri at the ripe old age of 3. After graduating from Parkview High School in 1993, he began studying geology at Missouri State University on an academic scholarship.
Upon receiving his B.S. in Geology he went to work for the Army Corp of Engineers, Louisville District, in the Environmental Engineering Branch. The relative slow pace of federal employment was not for him and he returned to Springfield to be closer to family and start a construction business specializing in new homes and remodels.
Andy began working in construction when he was sixteen and continued through college. This exposure to residential construction served him well in his business, however like many others, the recession dictated Andy’s career decisions, and in 2010 he decided to return to school and earn a B.S. in Civil Engineering through the Missouri University of Science & Technology’s cooperative program with Missouri State. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Dec. 2012. Andy passed the CDT exam in 2016 and obtained his Professional Engineering license in 2017.
Andy focuses primarily on residential and commercial structural design services. He is skilled in 3D structural modeling and analysis. In addition, he performs structural forensic investigations.
Andy enjoys spending time with his family on the river and restoring his historic home on Walnut Street.
BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT – Building Envelope Consultant/Forensic Investigator
Melissa I. Payne has been a building envelope consultant and forensic investigator at Miller Engineering, P.C. since January of 2014. She brings a strong background of building enclosure knowledge to the firm with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Her architectural design education and experience dates to 1993. Her construction management experience dates to 1999, when Melissa became a key member of the Technical Services department at City Utilities of Springfield, MO. There she implemented a successful preventive maintenance program for over 735,000 sq. ft. of roofs and over 137 enclosures. She budgeted, managed and over saw hundreds of non-cap and capital projects throughout her tenure at City Utilities giving her the experience to be recognized as an expert in her field. In the past year at Miller Engineering she has provided building commission services several construction projects in Missouri including; CoxHealth Hospital Tower Addition, Prime Inc. Truck Plaza and Truck Wash, CoxHealth Marshfield Clinic, and Springfield CBOC VA Project.
Melissa maintains a high involvement in the design and construction industry which provides her clients with an invaluable resource of knowledge. Since 2016 she has been a guest speaker for Drury University School of Architecture. She is currently a board member of the Southwest Missouri Construction Specification Institute, SWMO CSI Trade Show Committee member, and chapter member since 2003. She is a member of the Building Safety Professionals and member of International Code Council since 2013. She currently serves as chair and a founding member of the Ozarks Regional Chapter of the Building Enclosure Council. In 2015 she became a certified Construction Document Technologist after taking the Construction Specification Institute CDT exam.
In 2016 she attended University of Maryland in Baltimore where she successfully completed all the requirements for certification as an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure and earned the designations of BECxP and CxA+BE. She became certified to perform electronic leak detection and conducts electronic field vector mapping testing. She also provides building assemblies analysis with the use of WUFI. She is also a Certified Level 2 Thermographer.
She has achieved recognition from the Southwest MO NAWIC Chapter as the 2017 Vesta Award recipient, the Springfield Business Journal 2000 “Forty Under 40” recipient, 2006-2007 Cambridge Who’s Who selected recipient, and 2012 Greater Ozarks Leadership Development MSU alumni.
Laurie has her Elementary Education degree and worked in the Medical Education field for 12 years prior to joining Miller Engineering in 2011. As the Office Manager for Miller Engineering, Laurie handles all accounting and human resources. She loves the tight-knit group of employees she works with and the team environment displayed every day.
She has two kids with her husband Travis. They keep them busy with their high school activities. She loves attending their band competitions, volunteering in Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, and just watching them grow up.
Senior Structural Designer/CAD Manager
Michael started his education at Missouri State University, majoring in biochemistry and music, and finished with a degree in Engineering Design and Drafting from Idaho State University. He is a longstanding member of the Construction Specifications Institute.
Michael got an early start in the construction industry; he started out holding a surveying rod for his uncle’s fledgling business at the age of 13.
Michael joined Miller Engineering in 2006 as the firm’s first and only full-time employee. As CAD Manager, he solely developed and continually maintains the firm’s drawing standards. Michael also installs, oversees, and maintains the latest available Autodesk software used by Miller Engineering.
Thoroughness, efficiency and correctness, together with an unparalleled eye for detail and insight into our structural designs, are Michael’s specialty. His inherent sense of humor combined with a serious work ethic gives collaboration with clients, consultants and contractors a unique and satisfying experience. Knowing that he has successfully completed several thousand projects and has over 25 professional years in the engineering field, clients, consultants and contractors can be assured that their project is in capable, skilled and competent hands.
Church, time with family and friends, travel, antiques, cooking, biking and kayaking are his passions in his personal time.
AAS-DDT, CSI – Drafter/Forensic Investigator
Lana joined Miller Engineering in July of 2015 as a drafter and forensic investigator in addition to handling the front office reception. With a strong background in customer service and legal processes, she provides an organized, professional, and structured office environment while also assisting the Miller team from a technical perspective in the production department. Her professionalism and charisma provides our clients with an unparalleled experience, whether on the phone or in person. She brings forensic experience to our team in Manufactured Home Foundation Inspections for HUD/FHA & VA lending requirements.
She has 6+ years of experience in the structural engineering field, beginning with her training as an intermediate drafter at ARIS Engineering, Inc. Lana was promoted to Office Manager and Forensic Investigator for ARIS in 2013, assisting on numerous Manufactured Home certifications and 203K consulting inspections. As office manager for ARIS, she was responsible for all daily business activities, and continued to develop her abilities in technical reporting and contract administration. She is a 2017 graduate of the Associates Degree of Science in Design and Drafting Technology program at Ozarks Technical Community College and is experienced in multiple versions of AutoCAD, Revit and Inventor software.
In her personal time Lana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and watching Grey’s Anatomy re-runs.
Building Envelope Technician/Drafter Certified Level 2 Thermographer
Cory began working with Miller in September of 2016 and works alongside Melissa in Building Envelope Consulting while also doing structural design drafting for the firm’s engineers. He was born in Quincy, IL and raised in Hannibal, MO, a town just off the Mississippi River. He graduated from Hannibal High School in 2009 and began his higher education at Moberly Area Community College where he graduated in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree. In the fall of 2013 he moved to Columbia, MO where he attended the University of Missouri. Cory graduated from Mizzou in the summer of 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geological Science and promptly moved to Springfield.
During his time at school Cory gained essential knowledge in the construction industry where he worked for his father’s local construction business, Williams Concrete & Construction. While working for his dad, Cory gained a lot of experience and knowledge in concrete forming, finishing, wood framing, and other skills related to home renovation and cladding finishes.
Cory also gained experience through his internship positions. In the summer of 2014 he interned at the Hannibal Board of Public Works where he learned basic principles of city infrastructure including sewer, water, and electric utilities. The next summer he accepted a position at Klingner & Associates, where he worked in materials testing and geotechnical engineering. It was here where Cory began to be more exposed and influenced by the field of civil engineering.
Cory is currently enrolled at Ozarks Technical Community College where he is on track to obtain an Associate’s degree in Civil Engineering. He then plans to transfer into Missouri State’s Civil engineering program where he will obtain his B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Shane Ferrell, AAS-DDT – Drafter/Forensic Investigator
Shane joined Miller Engineering in August of 2017 as a drafter and forensic investigator. Prior to working with Miller Engineering, he owned his own construction company. With 30+ years in commercial & residential construction, he brings a builder’s perspective to the Miller production department. His experiences in the construction field give him an ability to communicate clearly, in a manner builders understand.
Though new to the structural engineering field, Shane is excited to bring his construction background to the Miller production team. He obtained his Associates Degree of Applied Science in the Drafting & Design Technology program at Ozark Technical Community College in 2016 and is experienced in AutoCad, Revit and other CAD design software.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, Oklahoma Sooner football, woodworking and cabinet-making.
Dylan joined the Miller Engineering team in May of 2017 as an engineering intern. He is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a structural focus in the Missouri S&T Co-op program in partnership with Missouri State University. He assists the team with structural design projects and performs structural inspections in the field.
Dylan is very active in the engineering program at MSU. He is currently the president of the ASCE student chapter where he leads a team that promotes interest in civil engineering to fellow students and exposes them to engineering professionals. He is also a design lead on the steel bridge design team that competes in the AISC national student steel bridge competition, he was the team captain the previous year.
In his personal time Dylan enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and playing his guitars and drums.