School of Information Technology and Engineering Mourns Professor’s Passing

Posted: December 9, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Douglas R. Miller, a professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department, died of a stroke on Nov. 10. He had taught as a professor of operations research at George Mason since 1989. At the time of his death, Miller also had an appointment in the Applied and Engineering Statistics Department.

Miller’s research interests focused on combining probability modeling and statistical analysis with software reliability and polymerization processes applications. He was an associate editor of the professional journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety and a member of the professional societies of the American Computing Machinery, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

“Doug Miller was an outstanding teacher, scholar, and friend,” says Carl Harris, BDM Professor of Information Technology. To honor his memory, the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department will host a “Douglas R. Miller Day” in May. Papers presented at this meeting and other contributions will be published in an operations research journal in his honor. Anyone wishing to present a paper or contribute to this volume should contact the department at x31670. The School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) also will create an undergraduate scholarship fund in Miller’s name. Anyone who wants to participate should contact IT&E at x31516.

Miller held a B.S. in Mathematics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) and an M.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University. Before coming to George Mason, he taught at the University of Missouri at Columbia and in the Department of Operations Research at George Washington University. He had visiting appointments at Universidad National del Sur, Argentina, and the City University, London. He had conducted research at the NASA Langley Research Center. He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Hendry and Pat Fromm, and close friend Cornelia Gallow.

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