A Tribute to Mike Miller: A Career of Dedication and Service
Sept. 22, 2024
By Danielle Henson
After more than two decades of unwavering commitment to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, Mike Miller, a seasoned engineer, and educator, is retiring. His remarkable journey from a career in industry to becoming an integral part of academia leaves an indelible mark on the university community.
“It was an honor to give back to the community at the University of Louisville after my career at Texas Instruments [and Verifone]. I had a great time teaching the students,” says Miller.
Mike’s journey in the world of engineering began with an associate degree in engineering technology electrical in May 1975. He further honed his skills by earning a Bachelor’s of Science and Master of Engineering in electrical engineering in May 1979. His education set the stage for a remarkable career that would span both industry and academia.
Mike spent 18 years with Texas Instruments, where he played a pivotal role in designing computers, printers, and automated test equipment. His contributions to technology during this period were substantial and laid the foundation for the innovative work he would continue throughout his career.
Later, Mike took his talents to California, joining Verifone, where he focused on secure banking design. For six years, he managed the design of point-of-sale terminals, leading a team of 20 engineers. His leadership and expertise were vital in ensuring secure electronic transactions.
In 2004, Mike returned to his roots in Louisville, driven by a desire to give back to his community. He embarked on a remarkable journey at the Speed School, serving as a research engineer for nearly two decades. During this time, his impact was felt in various domains, from biomedical engineering image processing and robotics to surgical laser design.
He transitioned to managing engineering garage and facility renovations for the Speed School in 2015. In this role, he played an instrumental part in enhancing the learning environment for future engineers. Mike’s tenure at the Speed School encapsulated 19 years of dedication, commitment, and tireless work for the betterment of the institution.
Throughout his tenure at the University of Louisville, a time that Mike calls his “most invaluable experience,” he made a lasting impact through his dedication to various projects and initiatives. From helping to design and manage the Engineering Garage (EG) and mentoring and training students to assisting with summer camps, workshops held in the EG to managing facility renovations Mike relied on his problem-solving skills and training as an engineering to the betterment of Speed School.
What truly sets Mike Miller apart is not just his professional accomplishments but also his character. Described by his colleagues at the Speed School as “easy to work with” and a “friend,” Mike’s genuine concern for students and colleagues always shone through. He put students first, and his willingness to “get his hands dirty” and tackle any task exemplified his dedication.
Furthermore, Mike’s generosity extended to his time; he rarely took vacations, always ensuring that students had access to his expertise and guidance. His impact on the J.B. Speed School of Engineering is immeasurable, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of engineers.
When asked about how he feels about retiring from the Speed School, Miller laughed and “I’ll come back and let you know when I get a little further into it!”
As we bid farewell to Mike Miller, we celebrate a career marked by excellence, dedication, and a deep passion for engineering. His retirement is well-deserved, and we extend our heartfelt thanks for his tireless service and wish him the best in all his future endeavors. Mike Miller’s legacy will undoubtedly continue to shape the future of engineering education at the University of Louisville.