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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering
3108 Engineering Hall
1701D Platt St.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5600
Fax: 785-532-1188
ece@k-state.edu

Hours: Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-noon, 1-5p.m.

Ruth Douglas Miller | Associate Professor

Photo of Ruth Douglas MillerPh.D. - 1990, University of Rochester
Electrical Engineering
M.S. - 1985, University of Rochester
Electrical Engineering
B.S. - 1984, Lafayette College
Electrical Engineering

Contact Information

3082 Engineering Hall
785-532-4596
rdmiller@k-state.edu

Personal Webpage
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Professional Experience

Ruth Douglas Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in 1984 from Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Rochester in New York in 1985 and 1990, respectively. She held a Sproull Fellow graduate research assistantship while at the University of Rochester.  She began teaching at K-State in 1990 as a non-tenure-track assistant professor. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1993 and associate professor with tenure in 2002.  Dr. Miller has served as a member of the IEEE EMBS Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) from 1993-97; Sigma Xi KSU chapter officer 1988-1990 and 2008-10; and American Scientific Affiliation Executive Council Member 2004-08. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, and the IEEE Societies EMC, EMBS, SIT and PES.

Research

Professor Miller’s research in graduate school and in the early 90’s focused on bioelectromagnetics: using RF electric fields to measure electrical properties of the interiors of red blood cells, and then measuring the electric and magnetic fields of 60-Hz electric power transmission and distribution equipment.  With Dr. John Neuberger at the University of Kansas, she completed an extensive review of the literature on health effects of 60-Hz electric and magnetic fields, which led to her involvement with the IEEE EMBS COMAR and preparation of the extensive rebuttal “Unfounded Fears: The Great Power-Line Cover-Up Exposed.”  Since 2007, Dr. Miller has directed the Kansas Wind Applications Center, started with DOE funds. In this area, she has led research into low-cost multi-level inverters for wind energy applications, and studies of the amount of renewable energy that can be integrated into the existing power grid without causing problems.  Presently she focuses on assistance with wind- and solar-energy curriculum, wind and photovoltaic power data acquisition for K-12 teachers, as well as guiding the Wildcat Wind Power wind turbine design competition team.

Academic Highlights

Over her 26-year career, Dr. Miller has taught undergraduate courses in electromagnetics, electronics, engineering ethics, bioinstrumentation, and wind and solar energy.  She is author or co-author on 13 peer-reviewed papers, over 30 conference papers and abstracts, as well as five research reports.  She has given numerous invited presentations on the subjects of renewable energy (both wind and photovoltaic) and electric transportation.  From 2001-07, she advised the KSU Solar Car Racing Team, and since 2013 has co-advised Wildcat Wind Power, the K-State wind-turbine design team, which competes in the DOE-sponsored Collegiate Wind Challenge.  She oversees the High Plains Small Wind Test Center, a joint collaboration with Colby Community College and Midwest Energy, Inc., which tests wind turbines up to 200 m2 swept area for certification under the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Standard.  Her efforts as director of the Kansas Wind Applications Center earned her an award from DOE Wind Powering America for Outstanding Leadership in the Application of Wind for Schools in 2009, and in 2014 the DOE Wind Exchange gave her an Outstanding Wind Leadership in Education Award “for extraordinary efforts to advance wind energy education.”