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Ocean Engineering

Dr. James Miller, Sc.D., P.E.

Professor - Department of Ocean Engineering


Dr. Miller is a Professor of Ocean Engineering and Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He conducts research and  teaches courses in acoustical oceanography, sonar systems engineering, acoustic signal processing, underwater acoustics, marine bio-acoustics,  ocean data analysis, modeling, and underwater vehicle design.  He has spent  the last few years developing Long Range Sediment Tomography as a technique to rapidly estimate the properties of the ocean bottom. His interests include 3D acoustic propagation in shallow water and the effects of sea surface waves on acoustic normal modes. He has done work on the effects of ocean noise on marine animals.

He is a certified SCUBA Diver, licensed Private Pilot, and, over the last few years, spent months at sea on a number of oceanographic  research vessels including the R/Vs LCEndeavor, Knorr, Melville, Revelle,  Shi Yan 2 and 3, OR-2, Pt. Sur, Pt. Lobos, Shana Rae, Quest, CT-1,  and the USNS Bartlett. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Rhode Island.

He often contributes to the ocean engineering blog. Dr. Miller co-founded  FarSounder, Inc. of Warwick, Rhode Island with URI alumnus Matt Zimmerman.

Positions Held

7/08 - 6/11   Chair, Department of Ocean Engineering, URI
1/06 - Present   Professor of Ocean Engineering and Oceanography, URI
7/99 - 1/06   Professor of Ocean Engineering, URI
7/97   Tenure Awarded, URI
8/95 - 8/98   Associate Professor University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island
8/87 - 8/95   Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
7/92 - 8/95   Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NPS
7/94   Tenure Awarded, NPS
8/87 - 7/92   Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NPS
3/81- 6/83   The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC)
Reading, Massachusetts.
Member of Professional Staff
6/79-9/79   Sanders Associates, Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire
Summer Engineer
  Army Corps of Engineers
Olney, Maryland
Survey Technician



6/83 - 8/87   Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Cambridge and Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Joint Program in Oceanographic Engineering
Doctor of Science
Dissertation: "Estimation of Sea Surface Wave Spectra Using Acoustic Tomography"
Supervisor: Dr. James F. Lynch.
9/79 - 3/81   Stanford University
Stanford, California
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Emphasis in Signal Processing.
9/75 - 6/79   Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with Distinction
Emphasis in Control Engineering.

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