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Richard K. Miller, Ph.D.

Richard K. Miller

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and President

Milas Hall 203


Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Davis

Select Courses Taught

Issues in Leadership and Ethics
Mechanics of Solids and Structures


Applied Mechanics Earthquake Engineering Design of Deployable Spacecraft


2017 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate
2014 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
2013 NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize
2012 Member, National Academy of Engineering
2011 ASEE Donald E. Marlowe Award


Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99. The previous 17 years were spent on the Engineering faculty at USC in Los Angeles and UCSB in Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. He has been named the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate for his many contributions to the reinvention of engineering education in the 21st century. Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. A member of both the NAE and the National Academy of Inventors, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2011. Miller is serving as Chair of the National Academies Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW). He served as Chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation and has served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the NAE and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in addition to others. Furthermore, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities. A frequent speaker on engineering education, he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California at Davis, where he earned his B.S. He earned his M.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, where he received the 2014 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.

Select Publications

Miller, R.K., “From the Ground Up” Rethinking Engineering Education in the 21st Century,” (2010) Proc. of the 2010 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education, Union College, NY, June 3-4, 1-20.
Miller, R.K., “Some Challenges of Creating an Entirely New Academic Institution,” (2011) Chapter 7 in Organizational Learning Contracts, by Paul Goodman, Oxford University Press, 121-138.
Miller, R.K., “Olin College and the Future of Engineering,” (2010), in Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, 11th Edition, by Laurence Behrens and Leonard Rosen, Pearson Longman, New York.
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