Welcome to the GEMS Group Site

The Green Engineered Materials and Systems (GEMS) group conducts research at the interface of materials science, structural performance, and industrial ecology.


Some of the research areas we are currently exploring include:

  • Resource utilization and spatiotemporal environmental burdens. In this area, we are exploring factors such as alternative resources, resource availability, and environmental impact assessment. We conduct these assessments at local, regional, and global scales.
  • Performance and sustainability guided material design. In this area, we are deriving tools and methods to design sustainable infrastructure materials. This includes the integration of sustainability into structural design and assessing the effects of improving the durability of materials.
  • Advanced composites. In this area, we are exploring utilization of bio-renewable and industrial by-product materials, the use of bio-inspired structures, and the influence of alternative constituents on material properties. This work focuses on plastics, natural materials (e.g., wood, organic fibers), as well as cements and cement composites.

To read more about the work we are doing, visit our Research page.



Professor Sabbie Miller

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2001 Ghausi Hall
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Email: sabmil at ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-6407