Rodney (Rod) L. Miller, PhD
Chief Technologist, Hypersonics
Rodney (Rod) L. Miller, PhD serves as the Chief Technologist, Hypersonics for the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3). Prior to joining IN3, Dr. Miller was Special Advisor for National Security Initiatives for Purdue University Discovery Park where he worked to promote the university’s abilities and its capability to conduct sensitive national security-related research and development efforts.
Dr. Miller was most recently a Mission Architect for Peraton Inc., where he supported their Space, Intelligence, and Cyber business area. A former member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service, he was the Senior Leader Chief Scientist for Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base responsible for organizing, training, equipping, maintaining and preparing the command’s activities in sciences and technology, including hypersonic and nuclear technology.
Dr. Miller retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force. As a commissioned officer he held numerous leadership positions in the space and nuclear acquisition and space operations communities. He served in key engineering positions for both the Milstar and Space Based Infrared System as well as leading the Advanced Extremely High Frequency Program in support of the United States Nuclear Command and Control System. He commanded the Space Development Squadron which delivered key capabilities for the Department of Defense Space Test Program. He also served as the Military Assistant to the Air Force Chief Scientist where he worked closely with the entire Air Force science and technology community.
Following his retirement from military service, he was the Operations Manager for Bechtel National Inc.’s Nuclear Security and Operations business line, supporting National Nuclear Security Administration operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Pantex, Plant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Dr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University. He received a Master’s and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
In addition, he has a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air University Air Command and Staff College and is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University’s Program Manager and Executive Program Manager Courses.