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H.T. Person Homecoming Lectures|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Richard Miller

President of Franklin W. Olin
College of Engineering to Deliver 2008
H.T. Person Lecture

Oct. 1, 2008 - Richard K. Miller, President of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts will speak at the 2008 H.T. Person Lecture.  The lecture will be held on the UW campus on Friday, October 10 at 2:30 p.m. in room 133 of the Classroom Building.

Richard K. Miller became the President, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and first employee at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering on February 1, 1999. Before joining Olin College, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor at the University of Iowa from 1992—1999. He spent the previous seventeen years on the engineering faculties at the University of Southern California (where he held the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs), and at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Miller’s research interests are in earthquake engineering and aerospace structural design. He is the author or co-author of about 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications focusing on such topics as vibro-impact of adjacent structures during earthquakes; elastic wave propagation in frictionally bonded solids; stability and deformation in wrinkling membranes; active control of large civil structures; dynamic identification of hysteretic structures; the design of large precision deployable truss antenna structures; the buckling of imperfect lattice columns; the design of large inflatable reflectors; and more recently, engineering education. Miller has been a consultant to many aerospace companies and has directed research programs funded by NSF, NASA, and industry.

A native Californian, Miller earned his B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in 1971 from the University of California, Davis, and is the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from that institution. He earned an S.M. degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, and a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1976.

For the 2008 H.T. Person Lecture, Miller will discuss the education of engineering leaders for the 21st century. The grand challenges we now face (including global climate change, sustainable energy sources, affordable quality health care, and security in an age of terrorism and asymmetry) are likely to require a significant broadening of our definition of engineering to include disciplines and approaches that reach beyond the natural sciences. While technological innovation will play an important role in addressing each of these challenges, technology alone will solve none of them. This talk will explore some of the ways in which engineering leaders might be prepared with the expanded knowledge and skills called for by the National Academy of Engineering in their recent report, Educating the Engineer of 2020.

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