Texas Tech University

Whitacre College of Engineering Names Distinguished Engineering Student

Abby Stone

May 20, 2020

Adrian Miller is a graduate of Panhandle Christian Home Educators Association.

Adrian Miller
Adrian Miller

The Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has selected Adrian Miller as the recipient of the 2020 James A. "Jim" McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award.

This award, provided by members of the Whitacre College of Engineering Deans Council, is named in memory of James A. McAuley, an active member of the Deans Council and a Texas Tech distinguished engineer.

"I am honored to be named the recipient of the 2020 McAuley Student Award," Miller said. "My passion is designing new technological advances for enhancing our society's quality of life."

Miller was selected because of his outstanding academic achievements, honors, activities, interests and aspirations. He has earned an undergraduate 4.0 GPA and has been named to the Dean's List throughout his undergraduate tenure. He is graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics.

Miller chose to attend Texas Tech because felt like the electrical engineering program was superior to other universities and he enjoys the culture of Texas Tech.

Miller completed an internship with Valero Energy Corp. as an instrumentation and controls engineer in Port Arthur, Texas during the summer of 2019. The opportunity provided him with real-world experience in the oil and gas industry.

He also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Texas Tech Center for Pulsed Power & Power Electronics (P3E) for two years. In this role, he worked on intellectual projects with Lincoln Lab, Sara Laboratories and other national laboratories specializing in photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS). His most recent project involved using PCSS physics for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through P3E.

At Texas Tech, Miller served as president and public relations and marketing coordinator for the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) student chapter as well as , photography manager for Eta Kappa Nu. He said that serving as president of IEEE has been a rewarding experience because he presided over one of the most active student-led branches of IEEE in the nation.

After graduation, Miller will pursue a career in power system design with Chevron.