Matt Miller: 2013 Forty Under 40 Honoree

Matt Miller


Matt Miller


Select Structural Engineering

Age: 37


He has a deep appreciation for Iowa.

Matt Miller grew up in Newhall, west of Cedar Rapids and after college, moved to California.

“(Living in California) really gave me a deeper appreciation for what we have here,” Mr. Miller said. “That Iowa is really a good place.”

He started his business, Select Structural Engineering after moving back to Iowa.

“I wanted to start my own business because you want to have control of your future and to be your own boss,” he said. “I felt like I had a nice background of different experiences to help prepare me for that.”

The company has been so successful it has had to slow its growth to focus on existing customers’ projects. Select Structural was named a Fastest Growing Company in the Corridor in May and recently added two positions.

Despite a busy business and home life, Mr. Miller is very involved in the community. He serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement and Stone City Art Institute. A 2012 Leadership for 5 Seasons graduate, Mr. Miller is a volunteer judge for CANstruction. He is a member of Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary, ImpactCR, serves on the professional advisory committees for Kirkwood Community College and ITT Technical Institute. Mr. Miller is a youth sports coach.

“Matt has made and continues to make important contributions to the vitality of the entire region,” Linda Langston, a Linn County supervisor, stated in her nomination of Mr. Miller.

He’s also a member of a number of professional service boards. Mr. Miller serves as president of the Structural Engineers Association of Eastern Iowa and has been involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Iowa Engineering Society, American Institute of Steel Construction and more.

“I have seen Matt grow not only as a professional in his field but as a father, husband, leader of his peers, fellow workers and community,” Ian G.S. Cullis, mayor of Robins and Downtown Rotary member, stated in his nomination of Mr. Miller.

Mr. Miller earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering degree from the University of Iowa, where he was named Most Outstanding Senior in the graduating class of the engineering school. He lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Heidi and children Belle and Brycen.


-Gigi Wood