Miller Engineering Team

Travis Miller

P.E., CSI, CDT – President
Structural & Forensic Engineer, Certified Thermographer

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.

Laurie Miller

Office Manager

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.

Michael Morisset

Senior Engineering Technician

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.

Andy Coleman

Structural & Forensic Engineer

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 and being on the river.

Lana Stephens

Engineering Technician & 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 & friends and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball & Grey’s Anatomy re-runs.

Justin Andrus-Bearden

Structural Designer & Forensic Investigator

Justin joined Miller Engineering in May of 2016 as an Engineering Intern. He was the first recipient of the Miller Engineering Bridging the Gap Scholarship and had a total of four internships through the program. Justin graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a structural focus in the Missouri S&T Co-op program in partnership with Missouri State University in the fall of 2019. Justin has experience in concrete and steel construction as well as AutoCAD and structural design experience. 


During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, being outside with his dogs and going on runs with his wife.

Cory Williams

Building Enclosure Consultant & Level II Thermographer

Cory began working with Miller in September of 2016 and works alongside Paul in our Building Enclosure Department while also preforming structural design and production for the firm’s licensed engineers.  He was born in Quincy, IL and raised in Hannibal, MO, a town just off the Mississippi River.

He graduated with an associate degree from Moberly Area Community College in 2012, a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from Mizzou in 2016 and is currently perusing a Civil Engineering degree with an emphasis in structural engineering through the Missouri State/ Missouri S&T Cooperative Engineering Program. He is expected to graduate in the spring of 2021.

While acquiring his earlier education, Cory gained essential knowledge in the construction industry while he worked for his father’s local construction business back home as well as through various internship opportunities related to wastewater and geotechnical engineering.

Since his job began at Miller, Cory has acquired a Level II Building Science Thermography certification and has acquired his accreditations as both a Commissioning Authority and a Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider.

In his free time Cory enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Dylan Newell

Structural Designer & Forensic Investigator

Dylan joined the Miller Engineering team in May of 2017 as an engineering intern and accepted a full-time position as a Structural Designer and Forensic Investigator following his graduation in May of 2018. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a structural focus from the Missouri S&T /Missouri State University co-op program. Dylan handles complex design projects and performs structural inspections in the field. Dylan has experience in AutoCAD, Revit and multiple structural design programs. He also serves as the firm’s software specialist.

In his personal time, Dylan enjoys spending time with his wife, mountain biking, hiking, and playing his guitars and drums.

Shane Ferrell

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.

Aleksey S. Pavlov

Forensic Investigator & Structural Designer

Aleksey joined Miller Engineering in April of 2018 as a Forensic Investigator and Structural Designer. With 8 years’ experience in the construction industry, along with his desire and drive he is a great addition to the Miller team. Aleksey graduated from the University of Portland in May of 2010, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Aleksey is extremely excited to bring his experience and knowledge to the team, and he shows it daily. He came to us with experience in AutoCAD. He spends most of his time in the field doing various inspections.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and working with honey bees.

Paul Lockhart

Building Enclosure Consultant, Forensic Investigator

Paul Lockhart, BECxP, QAO has been a building enclosure consultant and forensic investigator at Miller Engineering, P.C. since October 2018. Prior to joining Miller Engineering, Mr. Lockhart spent 5 years as a building enclosure consultant and forensic investigator working at a consulting firm servicing the central United States. Since 1994, he has been involved in various aspects of the construction industry that give him a unique set of experiences that benefit Miller Engineering clients.

He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he successfully completed all the requirements for certification as an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and earned the designations of BECxP. He became certified as a Quality Assurance Observer through the RCI certification program and earned the designation of QAO. He conducts thermography surveys and is a Certified Level 1 Building Science Thermographer.

Paul currently serves as vice-chair for the Ozarks Regional Chapter of the Building Enclosure Council. He is also a board member of the Mid America Chapter of RCI. Since 2016 he has been an associate guest speaker for Drury University School of Architecture. By remaining involved in the Building Enclosure, Design and Construction industries, he is better able to help educate others. This not only benefits his clients but benefits the industry as a whole.
His knowledge and passion for building science drives him to help his clients obtain a high level of design and construction excellence.

In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering at non-profit organizations and doing home improvement projects.

Jared Cope

Principal Engineer

Jared joined Miller Engineering in June of 2019 as a licensed Structural Engineer. He has over 12 years of engineering experience and is licensed in multiple states.

Among the wide variety of projects for which Jared has performed a vital role are wood-framed multi-story housing, tilt-up concrete warehouses, structural steel commercial buildings, masonry buildings, and post-tensioned concrete parking/podium structures, along with a variety of remodels and additions to these types of buildings. Applications include residential, commercial, industrial, education, military, and amusement type structures.

Buildings are more than numbers on paper to Jared. He wielded a nail gun before a calculator as a construction worker during his high school and college years. This hands-on experience gave Jared an edge in the industry when he graduated from Utah State University in 2006. Following graduation, he immediately began designing structures in a professional office.

Jared also has experience working in other disciplines of engineering including general civil design and geotechnical investigation.

This broad experience provides Jared with a strong foundation for a lifelong career in structural engineering. By understanding the disciplines and trades involved in the construction process, Jared is better prepared to meet the specialized needs of each client’s projects.

Jared’s passion for buildings spills over into his free time. He is an avid woodworker and is currently exploring the art of blacksmithing. When he isn’t busy in the office or the workshop, you can find him enjoying adventures with his family in the outdoors.

Katarina Newell

Administrative Assistant & Marketing Coordinator

Katarina (Kat) joined the Miller Engineering team in December of 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology. Although new to the engineering field she brings years of customer service experience to the team. As an administrative assistant and marketing coordinator, Katarina handles the phone communication and personal connections as well as helping to develop marketing plans and strategies for Miller Engineering.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, hiking, bird watching, and anything outdoors.