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Memorial Tributes, Volume 11
tics. He authorized the introduction of a new subject, called unified engineering, that replaced four disciplinary subjects taught in the sophomore year. The unified engineering course covered the same technical material, but in an interrelated, systems context. The course was taught by a small group of senior faculty who took joint responsibility for the entire curriculum, rather than just material from their own disciplines. The sophomore core of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT is still taught this way.
Miller was also an active participant in the aerospace professional community. He held a number of leadership positions and received many awards in recognition of his technical achievements and his service to the community and the nation. Among these were membership in the National Academy of Engineering, honorary fellowships in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and American Helicopter Society, fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the AIAA in 1977. He was also a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. In 1976, he was awarded the I.B. Laskowitz Award of the New York Academy of Sciences for Research in Aerospace Engineering Science, Support Systems and Components. He received the Klemin Award of the American Helicopter Society, the Sylvanus Albert Reed Award of the AIAA, and Decorations for Meritorious Civilian Service to the U.S. Army in 1967 and 1970.
Throughout his career at MIT, Miller resided in a townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay. He also owned a cottage on White’s Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, and an Island (Scrag) in Maine, where he spent major portions of each summer, frequently in the company of his students.
Miller is survived by his wife, Maureen, who resides in Penzance, England, and by his daughter, Christal.