Sharing Lessons Learned

The lessons learned at Olin College to create a new paradigm for engineering education have been of great interest throughout higher education. As a result, I have provided more than 100 invited and keynote presentations on this material in the past 10 years and published many articles, white papers, and book chapters. Some examples of some of the venues and talks provided are listed here.

Named Lectures

  • Minta Martin Lecture, October 21, 2020
  • Brunel Lecture, November 1, 2011
  • MacVicar Lecture on Education, November 20, 2009
National Science Foundation
  • Engineering Distinguished Lecture, July 12, 2016
University of California, Berkeley
  • View from the Top Lecture, March 7, 2014
University of Iowa
  • Kurz Lecture, November 10, 2016
  • Iowa Engineering Distinguished Lecture, November 12, 2020
University of California, Davis
  • Deans Distinguished Lecture, January 28, 2010
Lafayette College
  • The John and Muriel Landis Lecture, March 3, 2011
University of Wyoming
  • Annual H.T. Person Memorial Lecture, October 10, 2008


Invited Lectures at American Universities

Arizona State University
Bucknell University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
George Washington University
Harvard University
Hawaii Pacific University
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Ohio State University
Stanford University
Union College, Schenectady, NY
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan
University of Oklahoma
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Webb Institute, Glenn Cove, NY
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology

Invited Lectures at International Universities

Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India
Beihang University, Beijing, China
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Imperial College London, London, UK
Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India
Insper, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath, UK
Instituto Tecnologica de Aeronautica, (ITA), San Jose dos Campos, Brazil
Instituto Technologico Autonomo de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Madan Bhandari University of Science and Technology, Nepal
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
New York Law School, New York City, NY
NMITE, Hereford, UK
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Peking University, Beijing, China
Plaksha University, India
SISTEMA Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia
Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Cartegena, Colombia
Universidade Tecnologica de Bolivar, Cartegena, Colombia
University of Tsukuba, Japan
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Yongsei University, Songdo City, Incheon, Korea

Invited Lectures at Other Institutions

National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC
Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK
Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, UK
Association of American Colleges & Universities, Philadelphia, PA
World Bank, Washington, DC
UNESCO, Paris, France
6th Congresso Brasileiro de Inovacao da Industria, Sao Paulo, Brazil
ABET Symposium
American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
ASCE Annual Civil Engineering Department Heads Conference
ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Singapore
ASU GSV Summit
Autodesk University
Dassault Systemes
Global Grand Challenges Summits, Beijing; Washington; London
Global Human Resources Forum, Seoul
Global Industry-University Cooperation Forum
Global Semiconductor Alliance, Palo Alto, CA
Global University Summit, Chicago
IBM Research-Almaden, San Jose, CA
INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
International Exhibition and Conference in Higher Education, Ryad, Saudi Arabia
Industrial Research Institute, IRI , Washington, DC
KEEN National Conference, Dallas, TX
Kern National Network for Character and Caring in Medicine, Milwaukee, WI
Life Science Alley Conference, Minneapolis, MN
Ministry of Education, Denmark
Ministry of Education and Science, Astana, Kazakhstan
Ministry of Science & Technology, San Jose, Costa Rica
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
New York Times, Next New World Forum, San Francisco, CA
Reinvention Center, Crystal City, VA
Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo
STEM Higher Education Council
World Engineering Education Forum, Dubai
VLSI Symposium, Taiwan

MIT Annual Minta Martin Lecture: On the future of higher education—October 2021
Symposium on Exploring a New Vision for Center-based Multidisciplinary Engineering Research, National Academy of Engineering—April 2016
Olin College, 2020: Rick Miller shares 20 years of lessons learned: Truth—June 2020
Ingenious: Richard K. Miller interview in Nautilus magazine
Interview with Richard K. Miller, New Books Network


In addition, many publications are also available. Three that have proven particularly useful are listed here:

  1. Miller, Richard K., From the Ground Up: Rethinking Engineering Education for the 21st Century,” Proceedings, Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Arts, Union College, Schenectady, NY, June 4, 2010.
  2. Miller, Richard K., Why the Hard Science of Engineering is No Longer Enough to Meet the 21st Century Challenges, Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA, May 2015.
  3. Miller, Richard K., The Importance of Mindset,” Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA, October 2016.

A complete list of publications and presentations is contained in Dr. Miller’s CV, which is available here.

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