Dr. John O. Miller, Associate Professor of Operations Research

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Dr. J.O. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Operational Sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).  He has been at AFIT since 1997 serving as both Military and Civilian Deputy Department Head and as Director of the Center for Operational Analysis. Dr. Miller’s military career began in 1976 when he entered the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) a few weeks after graduating from Holland High School, in Holland, Michigan.  He graduated from USAFA on 28 May 1980 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.  He completed Initial Qualification Training for the Minuteman II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) at Vandenberg AFB, CA in August 1980 and was then assigned to the 509 Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri.  While at Whiteman, Dr. Miller served as a missile combat crew member, instructor crew member, and eventually as the senior standardization evaluation crew commander. He was then assigned to the Missile Employment Division, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.  While at Offutt Dr. Miller served as a scientific analyst responsible for providing Air Force reentry vehicle fratricide data used in targeting ICBMs for the Single Integrated Operations Plan.  In 1990, Dr. Miller returned to USAFA as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.  Dr. Miller served as the Division Chief for Academic Support.  In 1993, Dr. Miller was selected for the AFIT Faculty Pipeline Program and entered the Ph.D. program in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University. He retired as a Lt Col in January 2003.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Industrial Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1997

Master of Science (M.S.), Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1987

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of Missouri at Columbia, 1983

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biology, United States Air Force Academy, 1980



AFIT Instructor of the Quarter, 2005

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society (Alumnus Member), 2001

AFIT Student Chapter of the Operations Research Society of America Outstanding Operations Research Educator, 1999

Military Operations Research Society – Barchi Prize Nominee, 1998

Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, 1996

USAFA Department of Mathematical Sciences Operations Research/Statistics Instructor of the Year, 1993

Omega Rho Operations Research Honor Society, 1987


Meritorious Service Medal, Second OLC, 2002

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2002

Meritorious Service Medal, First OLC, 1993

Meritorious Service Medal, 1990

AF Commendation Medal, 1985

351Strategic Missile Wing Crew of the Month, 1984

351Strategic Missile Wing Operations Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, 1983

3901Strategic Missile Evaluation Squadron Outstanding Performance Award, 1983

Selected for Minuteman Operational Test Launch, 1983

Eighth Air Force Crew Member Excellence Award, 1983



Kelleher, C. K., Hill, R. R., Bauer, K. W., Miller, J. O. “Using Dynamic Bayesian Networks as Simulation Metamodels Based on Bootstrapping.” Computers & Industrial Engineering, Vol 115, pp. 595-602, January 2018.

Connors, C.D., Miller, J.O., Lunday, B., "Using Agent-Based Modeling and a Designed Experiment to Simulate and Analyze a New Air-to-Air Missile," The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology, DOI: 10.1177/1548512915616873, Jul 2016.

Rodriguez, J., Miller, J.O., Bauer, K.W. Jr., and Yee, F., “Mathematical Description of a Discrete Event Simulation Using Factor Analytic Method,” Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol 63 No. 9, pp. 1179-1188, Sep 2012.

Parson, C.R., Miller, J.O., Weir, J.D., “Simulation and Analysis of Mission Capability Degrades due to Supply for the B-1 Bomber,” The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation:  Applications, Methodology, Technology, Vol 9 No. 3, pp. 279-290, July 2012.

MacKenzie, A., Miller, J.O., Hill, R.R., and Chambal, S.P., “Application of Agent Based Modeling to Aircraft Maintenance Manning and Sortie Generation,” Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory, Vol 20 No. 1, pp. 89-98, Jan 2012.

Ponack, Ryan S. and Miller, J.O., “Capability Assessment of the High Energy Laser Liquid Area Defense System (HELLADS),” Journal of Directed Energy, Vol 3 No. 3, pp. 193-209, Winter 2009.

Miller, J.O., Bauer, K.W. Jr., Faas, P., Pawling, C.R., and Sterling, S.E., “Multivariate Analysis of a Simulated Prognostics and Health Management System,” International Journal of Logistics:  Research and Applications, Vol 10 No. 1, pp. 1-10, March 2007.

Long, Scott N., Miller, J.O., Brigantic, R.T., and Goda, M.E.,  “Using Defocus to Improve Peak Irradiance for Air-to-Ground High-Energy Chemical-Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) Weapons,” Journal of Directed Energy, Vol 2, pp. 189-209, Spring 2007.

Bednar, Earl M., Bauer, K.W. Jr, and Miller, J.O., “Use of Control Variates in a Large-Scale Aggregated Combat Model,” The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation:  Applications, Methodology, Technology, Vol 4 No. 1, pp. 29-41, January 2007.

Bassham, C. Brian, Bauer, K.W. Jr, and Miller, J.O., “Automatic Target Recognition System Evaluation Using Decision Analysis Techniques,” Military Operations Research, Vol 11, No.1, pp. 49-66, 2006.

Bertulis, Todd S. and Miller, J.O., “Using Simulation to Understand Interim Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) Munitions Logistics,” International Journal of Logistics:  Research and Applications, Vol 8, No. 1, pp. 81–93, March 2005.

Alsing, S.G., Bauer, K.W., and Miller, J.O., “A Multinomial Procedure for Evaluating Pattern Recognition Algorithms,” Pattern Recognition, Vol 35 No.  11, pp. 2397-2412, 2002.

Miller, J.O., Nelson, B.L., and Reilly, C.H., “Estimating the Probability that a Simulated System Will be the Best,” Naval Research Logistics, Vol 49 No. 4, pp. 341-361, June 2002.

O’Fearna, F.C., Hill, R.R., and Miller, J.O., “A Methodology to Reduce Aerospace Ground Equipment Requirements for an Air Expeditionary Force,” International Journal of Logistics:  Research and Applications, Vol 5 No. 1, pp. 75-89, March 2002.

Cordeiro, J.D., Friend, M.A., Miller, J.O., Bauer, K.W., and Kloeber, J.M., “Using Simulation to Model Time Utilization of Army Recruiters,” Military Operations Research, Vol 6 No. 3, pp. 59-68, 2001.

Miller, J.O., Nelson, B.L., and Reilly, C.H., “Efficient Multinomial Selection in Simulation,” Naval Research Logistics, Vol 45, pp. 459-482, August 1998. (This work is cited and described in “Simulation Modeling and Analysis”, by Law and Kelton, page 573.)

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