Dr. Thomas K. Miller III has been named the McPherson Family Distinguished Professor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. Miller also serves as professor of electrical and computer engineering, vice provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program and associate dean of engineering. As vice provost for DELTA, Miller is responsible for the university’s learning technologies and distance education programs.
Miller is a member of the university’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers and recipient of the 1995 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator award from IEEE, formerly the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The U.S. Distance Learning Association recently honored Miller for outstanding individual leadership in distance learning.
Alumnus Thomas R. McPherson established the endowed professorship. McPherson, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at NC State, founded and led several successful high-tech companies, resulting in one IPO and two mergers. The companies that he helped establish include Picture Element Limited, Network Equipment Technologies, Rapid City Communications, Hatteras Networks Inc., and recently Cognio Inc., which was sold to Cisco Systems. McPherson serves on the university advisory board for the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program and the Engineering Foundation Board of Directors.