Richard K. Miller
President and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
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Richard K. Miller was appointed president and first employee of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 1999, where he also holds an appointment as professor of mechanical engineering. Before joining Olin College, he served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99. He spent the previous 17 years on the engineering faculties at the University of Southern California (where he held the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Miller's research interests are in innovative engineering education and applied mechanics where he has authored more than 100 publications and given numerous keynote presentations. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has won five awards for teaching excellence. In 2013 he (and two colleagues) received the NAE’s Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for guiding the creation of Olin College and its student-centered approach to developing effective engineering leaders. Miller has served as Chair of the NSF Engineering Advisory Committee, and as a member of numerous advisory committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the NAE, and other organizations. A member of the Higher Education Working Group of the Council on Foreign Relations, he also served as a consultant to the World Bank in forming new universities in developing countries. He earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Davis, where he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He received an S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Caltech, where he received the 2014 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.

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