Melinda MillerPrincipal Engineer

Melinda Miller brings her passion for all things sound and 20 years of experience to her role as Principal Engineer of ABD Engineering & Design. Her expertise includes diagnosing and preventing noise problems, designing acoustically optimized environments, and using evidence-based design practices. Melinda has consulted on projects involving architectural acoustics, noise isolation, mechanical noise control, and occupational noise exposure. Her experience includes higher education, K-12 schools, performance and worship spaces, healthcare facilities, industrial facilities, hotel and multi-family residential buildings. A Professional Acoustical Engineer, licensed by the State of Oregon, Melinda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and Master’s from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has continued her education and training, earning her INCE Board Certification (INCE Bd. Cert.), Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), and LEED AP BD+ C. As an Assistant Professor of Acoustics for Columbia College, she taught undergraduate junior and senior level classes in HVAC design, vibrations, acoustical testing, building noise control, and musical acoustics. Melinda has chaired sessions on various topics at Noise-con and Inter-noise since 2013, and has served INCE as the Co-Chair of Building Acoustics Technical Activities committee, on the Certification Board, and the Board of Directors (2021-2024). Likewise, she has presented technical papers and education sessions for the Acoustical Society of America, the American Institute of Architects, and the Chicago Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society.

Melinda Miller's Projects

ABD Engineering & Design - Oregon State University - Cascades Student Success Center

Student Success Center Oregon State University - Cascades

ABD Engineering & Design is partnering with Opsis Architecture for the Oregon State University - Cascades Student Success Center. Many of the acoustical challenges come from the flexible use spaces…
Parrott Creek Child and Family Services

Parrott Creek Child and Family Services

ABD Engineering & Design is working with El Dorado Architects on the Parrott Creek youth addiction and mental health treatment center. Up to 40 kids will find residential and outpatient…
ABD Engineering & Design provided acoustical consulting for the Oregon Humane Society, especially important for animals.

Oregon Humane Society Hospital, Behavior Rehabilitation, and Rescue Center

ABD Engineering & Design provided acoustical consulting for the Society’s (OHS) Portland campus, especially important for animals in the spaces throughout the buildings, from the waiting lobby, to exam rooms,…
Cathedral Village Affordable Apartments acoustical consulting with noise and vibration studies

Cathedral Village Apartments Affordable Housing

ABD Engineering & Design worked with MWA Architects to provide full acoustical consulting for this 110-unit affordable housing project. The development includes a mix of 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and…

Melinda Miller's Experience

  • F45 Training Fitness AcousticsVancouver, Washington
  • PeaceHealth RiverbendSpringfield, Oregon
  • Benton County Crisis CenterCorvallis, Oregon
  • Covenant Christian AdditionGrand Rapids, Michigan
  • Music RoomMedford, Oregon
  • OSHA and Diagnostic Noise StudySan Leandro, California
  • Jackson Hole Classical Academy New High SchoolJackson, Wyoming
  • Midtown Collaboration CenterCleveland, Ohio
  • Portland Providence Medical Center Emergency DepartmentPortland, Oregon
  • Restaurant and PavilionFremont, Michigan
  • Block 67 Mixed Use Affordable HousingHillsboro, Oregon
  • Geauga County CourthouseChardon, Ohio
  • Middle School Orchestra ChorusHudsonville, Michigan
  • Curtis ClinicCurtis, Michigan
  • Oregon Health and Science University DispatchPortland, Oregon
  • Melinda Miller's Blog Posts

    absorbing vs blocking sound

    Absorbing Vs. Blocking Sound

    When sound transfers from one space to another, what’s the most effective treatment? Does fiberglass insulation stop sound? Advice from professional acoustical consultants on the dos and don’t of sound absorption versus noise isolation....
    No Phone

    The Latest Buzz – Hospital Cell Phone Use

    Mobile devices have become an ever-present part of our connected culture. With smartphones, tablets, and cell phones expected to outnumber people, in the US, by the end of the year, what can a hospital do to maintain some level of quiet? Allowing cell phone use, while...