Michael E. Miller


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Michael E. Miller, PhD is an Associate Professor of Systems Integration in the Department of Systems Engineering and Management.  Dr. Miller earned his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Human Factors Specialization, from Virginia Tech in 1993 and a MS from Ohio University in 1989, also in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Prior to joining AFIT in 2010, Dr. Miller spent more than 15 years with Eastman Kodak Company as a Systems and Human Factors engineer.  Dr. Miller has contributed to more than 100 issued US patents on digital imaging and display systems, 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous conference proceedings.  He is a senior member of the Society for Information Display and the Institute of Industrial Engineers, as well as a member of INCOSE and HFES.

Dr. Miller’s research interests include human systems modeling, human interaction with automation and human-display integration.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1993
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ohio University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ohio University, 1987


Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Faculty Excellence Award, 2017.

Best Paper - Safety, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, 2016

Best Paper - Human Factors, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, 2014

Best Paper-Engineering Economy, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, 2012

Distinguished Paper Award, Society for Information Display, Display Week Conference, 2008

Distinguished Inventor, Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories, 2005

C.E.K. Mees Award for Technical Achievement, Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories, 2004


Dr. Miller has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 60 articles in peer-reviewed conferences and holds more than 100 issued US Patents.  The following are a sample of recent publications.

Recent Journal Publications Include:

1.    Colombi, J.; Miller, M.E.; Schneider M.; McGrogan, J.; Long, D.S.; and Plaga, J.  (2012). Predictive Mental Workload Modeling for Semi-Autonomous System Design:  Implications for Systems of Systems, Journal of Systems Engineering, 15(4), pp. 448-460.

2. Gilman, J.M.; Miller, M.E.; Grimaila, M.R. (2013) A simplified control system for a daylight-matched LED lamp, Lighting Research and Technology, 45(5), pp. 614-629.

3. Parr, J.C., Miller, M.E., Pellettiere, J.A., and Erich, R.A. (2013). Neck Injury Criteria Formulation and Injury Risk Curves for the Ejection Environment: A Pilot Study, Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 84(12), pp. 1240-1248.

4. Ochs, K.S.; Miller, M.E.; Thal, A.E.; and Ritschel, J.D. (2014).  Proposed method for analyzing infrastructure investment decisions involving rapidly evolving technology:  A case study in LED streetlights, Journal of Management in Engineering, 30(1), pp. 41-49.

5. Bindewald, J.M., Miller, M.E. and Peterson, G.L. (2014).  A Function-To-Task Model for Adaptive Automation System Design.  International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 72, pp 822-834.

6. Poisson III, R.J. and Miller, M.E. (2014).  Spatial Disorientation Mishap Trends in the US Air Force 1993-2013.  Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 85(9), pp 919-924.

7. Parr, J., Miller, M.E., Schubbert-Kabban, C.M., Pellettiere, J.A., and Perry, C.E. (2014).  Development of an Updated Air Force Tensile Neck Injury Criterion.  Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 85(10), pp 1026-1032.

8. Tunga, K.A., Miller, M.E., Colombic, J.M., Uribea, D.J. and Smithd, S.D. (2014). Effect of Vibration on Eye, Head and Helmet Movements While Wearing a Helmet-Mounted Display, Journal of the Society for Information Display, 22(10), 535-544. 

9. Tran, T., Racz, L., Grimaila, M.R., Miller, M. and Harper, Jr., W.F. (2014).  Comparison of continuous versus pulsed ultraviolet light emitting diode use for the inactivation of Bacillus globigii spores, Water Science and Technology 70(9), 1473-1480.

10. Duckworth, K, Spencer, M., Bates, C., Miller, M.E., Almquist, C., Grimaila, M., Magnuson, M., Willison, S., Phillips, R., Racz, L. (2015) Advanced Oxidation Degradation Kinetics as a Function of Ultraviolet LED Duty Cycle, Water Science and Technology, 71(9), 1375-1381. doi: 10.2166/wst.2015.108.

11. Parr, J., Miller, M.E., and Colombi, J.M. (2015).  Human Systems Integration Analysis of Helmet Mounted Displays.  SAFE Journal, 37(1), 27-38.

12. Parr, J., Miller, M.E., Schubbert-Kabban, C.M., Pellettiere, J.A., and Colombi, J.M. (2015).  Development of a side impact (Gy) neck injury criterion for use in ejection system safety evaluation.  IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 3(3-4), pp151-164.

13. Colombi, J.M., Miller, M.E., Bohren, J.S., and Howard, J.K. (2015). Conceptual design using executable architectures for a planned mission to mars.  IEEE Systems Journal, 9(2), 495-507.

14.  Miller, M.E., Gilman, J.M. and Colombi, J.M. (2016). A model for a two-source illuminant allowing daylight color adjustment, Lighting Research and Technology, 48, 239-252.

15.  Miller, M.E., Thomas, S. and Rusnock, C.F. (2016).  Extending System Readiness Levels to Assess and Communicate Human Readiness, Systems Engineering, 19(2), 146-157.

16. Scott, R., Mudimbi, P., Miller, M.E., Magnuson, M., Willison, S., Phillips, R., Harper, Jr., W.F. (2017).  Advanced Oxidation of Tartrazine and Brilliant Blue FCF with Pulsed Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Diodes, Water Environment Research, 89(1), 24-31

17. Almquist, C., Fyda, S., Godby, N., and Miller, M.E. (2017). An Investigation of Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes (UV LEDs) in a Plug-Flow Reactor for Water Treatment, Environ. Prog. Sustainable Energy, 36(3), 857-863.

18. Watson, M., Rusnock, C.F., Colombi, J.M. and Miller, M.E. (2017).  Informing System Design Using Human Performance Modeling, Systems Engineering, 20(2), 173-187.

19. Watson, M., Rusnock, C.F., Colombi, J.M. and Miller, M.E. (2017).  Human-centered design using system modeling language, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 11(3), 252-269.

20. Goodman, T.J., Miller, M.E., Rusnock, C.F. and Bindewald, J.M. (2017).  Effects of Agent Timing on the Human-Agent Team, Cognitive Systems Research, 46, 40-51.

21. Stewart, B.M., Stubbs, J.E., Kempisty, D.M., Miller, M.E., and Harper, Jr, W.F (2018). Oxidation of Tartrazine with Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes:  pH and Duty Cycle Effects, Water Science and Technology, 77(6), 1651-1659.

22. Kim, S., Miller, M.E., Rusnock, C.F., and Elshaw, J. (2018).  Spatial Audio Improves Call Sign Recognition during Multi-Aircraft Control, Applied Ergonomics, 70, 51-58.

23. Satava, S.J., Parr, J.C., and Miller, M.E. (in press).  A Method for Developing Side Impact Upper Neck Injury Criteria which Compensates for Biomechanical Differences between ATDs and Humans, IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.

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