Michaela Harms

Senior Director of Mass Timber, Sterling Structural


Michaela Harms has co-written and managed nearly $3M in USDA grant funded research focused on mass timber construction, life cycle assessment and sustainable forestry. She specializes in business development strategy, standards compliance and engineering within the forest products manufacturing and sustainable construction sectors.

Her prior experience includes leading the R&D/Strategy department for a structural round and heavy timber manufacturer, serving as the engineered wood products and sustainable forestry expert for an international certification body and managing algorithm and business development for construction life cycle assessment software.

Her work has been published in Structures Magazine and in 2021 presented to Wisconsin State Government officials making the case for mass timber building code updates to support Wisconsin’s woodland economies. Michaela holds a degree in Civil Engineering focused on Sustainable Building from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland.