Archived Speeches & Writings


  • May 2017
    At the Chronicle of Higher Ed in NYC

    The Successses (and Failures) of an Experimental College's New Approaches to Teaching

    Theories like “design thinking” and “intrinsic motivation” are more than buzzwords, says Rick Miller, president of the 18-year-old Olin College of Engineering. Once students are immersed in those ideas, he says, “you can’t stop them from learning.” "

  • September 2016
    Ingenious Interview for Nautilus Magazine

    Ingenious: Richard K. Miller

    Nautilus Magazine -- a different kind of science magazine that delivers big-picture science by reporting on a single monthly topic from multiple perspectives -- recently published an Ingenious interview with President Richard K. Miller in its Issue #40: Learning. In the interview President Miller talks about how he came to lead the reinvention of engineering education and what makes Olin's approach of educating engineers unique.







  • September 2016
    Business Innovation Factory 2016 Summit

    My Entrepreneurial Journey

    Richard K. Miller, the first — and only — president of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, has spent his career educating what he calls "engineering innovators." He says, “an engineer is a person who envisions what has never been and does what it takes to make it happen. If you don’t have vision, and you don’t want to make change, you’re not really an engineer — you’re an applied scientist."

  • May 2016
    at Stanford eCorner

    More Innovation Through Education

    A five minute excerpt from the "More Innovation Through Education" talk Olin College President Richard K. Miller gave on May 25, 2016 at Stanford eCorner. The talk highlights ways in which higher education can create more innovators by better integrating studies that have traditionally segregated students.


  • March 2016
    National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC

    2016 T-Summit Conference

    An excerpt from the 2016 T-Summit Conference featuring Olin College President Richard K. Miller’s remarks on the origins of Olin College and the need to transform engineering education. The conference was held March 21 - 22 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

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