Mikaela DeRousseau
PhD • Co-advised by Prof. Wil Srubar
Civil Systems

Mikaela DeRousseau defended her PhD dissertation in Summer 2020, co-advised by Prof. Kasprzyk and Prof. Wil Srubar. Her dissertation focuses on the development of a decision framework for sustainable concrete mixture design with the use of multi-objective analysis. In general, she is most interested in the engineering tradeoffs and decisions associated with sustainability, engineered systems, and materials. Prior to coming to CU, she obtained the MS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Fall 2016. She is currently a Data and Methodology Manager at Building Transparency, a nonprofit incubated at the Carbon Leadership Forum in Seattle, WA. Her other interests include hiking, rock climbing, and playing piano.


  1. DeRousseau, MA, JR Kasprzyk, WV Srubar III. 2021. "Multi-Objective Optimization Methods for Designing Low-Carbon Concrete MixturesFrontiers in Materials. 8:257.
  2. DeRousseau, MA, JH Arehart, JR Kasprzyk, WV Srubar III. 2020. "Statistical variation in the embodied carbon of concrete mixturesJournal of Cleaner Production. Vol 275: 123088.
  3. DeRousseau, MA, EI Laftchiev, R Balaji, JR Kasprzyk, WV Srubar III. 2019. “A comparison of machine learning methods for predicting the compressive strength of field-placed concrete” Construction and Building Materials. Vol 228: 116661.
  4. DeRousseau, MA, JR Kasprzyk, WV Srubar III. 2018. “Computational Design Optimization of Concrete Mixtures: A Review” Cement and Concrete Research. vol 109: 42-53. 
  5. DeRousseau, MA, B Gully, C Taylor, D Apelian, Y Wang. 2017 "Repurposing used electric car batteries: A review of optionsJOM 69: 1575-1582.