The Future of Engineering Education: Lessons from 20 Years of Experimentation at Olin College


Richard K. Miller NAE, President Emeritus of Olin College and Co-Founder of the Coalition for Life-Transformative Education, to Deliver a Distinguished Lecture on New Horizons in Engineering

Clarkson University’s New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series is proud to announce that Dr. Richard Miller will speak September 20 at 8 p.m. at BH Snell Hall 213 and via Zoom

In an effort to overhaul the training of engineers, from 1999, Olin College, with $460 million in support from the FW Olin Foundation, launched an effort to start afresh in engineering education. What does it mean to be an engineer in the 21st century? What does it mean to be “educated” today?

With a mission to become a significant and consistent contributor to engineering education in America and around the world, Olin has now influenced over 800 universities from over 50 countries over the past 10 years and was identified in 2018 in the top 2 engineering programs in the world (in two categories) in a world-leading study published by MIT. This was achieved by creating a culture of bold experimentation and collaboration: no academic departments or tenure, and a philosophy that everything has an “expiration date”.

Today, the average Olin grad has completed more than 20 design-build team projects and explored starting a business. Reflecting on more than 20 years, we now realize that the insights and insights gained are not limited to engineering. They apply to all forms of education. This conference will focus on lessons learned that pave the way for the future of undergraduate education across all disciplines.

Richard K. Miller was named president and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999; in June 2020 and became President Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; He was then Jerome C. Hunsaker Visiting Professor of Aerospace Systems at MIT (2020-2021). In 2017, he co-founded the Coalition for Life-Transformative Education, of which he continues to chair the steering committee. Previously, he was Dean of Engineering at the University of Iowa, Associate Dean of Engineering at USC in Los Angeles, and Assistant Professor of Engineering at UCSB in Santa Barbara.

Miller is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

He is a co-recipient of the NAE Bernard M. Gordon Award for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education twice – in 2013 and again in 2022 – the only person to have won this award more than ‘Once. He also received the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education and the 2011 Marlowe Prize from the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2014 he received the Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2002 he received the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California, Davis.

Miller served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine of the United States and chairman of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the US National Science Foundation. He has also served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, United States Military Academy West Point, Lemelson Foundation, Asian Women’s University, of the Milken Center for the Advancement of the American Dream, etc. In addition, he has been a consultant to the World Bank for the creation of new universities in developing countries. Miller received his BS from the University of California at Davis, his SM from MIT, and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Miller will be the 20th Distinguished Lecturer in Clarkson University’s New Horizons in Engineering series, which is dedicated to improving understanding of the important issues facing engineering and society in the 21 century.

For more details, please contact Dr. Liya Regel, Emeritus Research Professor of Engineering, Founder and Chair of the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series, [email protected]


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