May 16, 2013
The Texas Tech Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has named Sean Miller the recipient of the McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award for 2013.
This award, provided by members of the Whitacre College of Engineering Dean’s Council, is named in memory of James A. McAuley, an active member of the Dean’s Council, and a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer.
Miller competed for this honor and was selected because of his outstanding academic achievements, honors, activities, interests, and aspirations. He will graduate in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and he currently has a 3.91 GPA.
The choice to attend Texas Tech and study engineering was not a difficult one for Miller, as he grew up in Floydada; his father and grandfather attended Texas Tech. Miller attended many Red Raider sporting events and various camps on the campus of Texas Tech as a teenager, and he had an interest in aeronautical and aerospace engineering from an early age.
Arriving at Texas Tech, he immediately began expanding his learning opportunities beyond the classroom. He became involved with student organizations and community outreach opportunities right away. In the summer before his sophomore year, he studied abroad in Seville, Spain. During his sophomore year, he began the first in a series of four internships and co-ops at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.
While in Houston for each of his internships and co-ops, he worked with the Clear Lake Church of Christ Homeless Ministry, serving as an overnight host to homeless families staying in the church building as well as collecting and distributing clothing and hygiene items to homeless individuals in downtown Houston. He also had an internship with Baker Hughes in Midland, during the summer before his senior year.
In Lubbock, he has been a member of the Texas Tech American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student chapter, served as the banquet chair, the internal vice president and currently serves as the external vice president. In this role, he has solicited senior design project proposals from engineering corporations and led the ASME chapter in sponsoring and organizing the annual South Plains Math and Science Competition.
His enjoyment of aeronautical and aerospace engineering has continued and increased through the concepts and skills he has learned in the classroom and in his hands-on experiences at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Miller hopes to secure a full-time position with NASA after graduating this fall.
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.
Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.