Tom Miller is the executive director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State University and leads its mission to empower students to become entrepreneurial leaders. He initiated the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program in 1992 and remains active in setting its academic goals and developing partnerships. Dr. Miller is also vice-provost for distance education and learning technology applications. He is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State, a recipient of the Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator award from IEEE, and a News & Observer “Tarheel of the Week.”
Dr. Miller earned his B.A. degree in mathematics and chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. He earned his M.S. degree in biomedical engineering and mathematics in 1980, and the Ph.D. in 1982, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. In his role as vice provost, Dr. Miller is responsible for strategy, deployment, and implementation of the university's learning technologies and distance education programs. He has taught courses in digital systems, computer architecture, microprocessor systems design, and C and C++ programming. He also founded and served as president of X Engineering Software Systems Corporation, developer of first native X-Window spreadsheet.