James Miller, P.E.

  • Professor and Department Chair
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Phone: 401.874.6540
  • Fax: 401.874.6837
  • Email: miller@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Sheets 111, Narragansett Bay Campus
James Miller’s Full Research Profile


  • Sc.D. Oceanographic Engineering. MIT-WHOI Joint Program, 1987
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering. Stanford University, 1981
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1979

Research Themes

Research Interests

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Acoustic Signal Processing
  • Shear Wave Properties
  • Geoacoustic Inversions
  • Sediment Deposition

Major Sources of Funding

  • Brown University
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Deepwater Wind LLC
  • Office of Naval Research
  • University of Connecticut
  • United States Army


Dr. Miller is a Professor of Ocean Engineering and Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He conducts research and teaches courses in acoustical oceanography, sonar systems engineering, acoustic signal processing, underwater acoustics, marine bio-acoustics,  ocean data analysis, modeling, and underwater vehicle design.  His interests include the acoustics of ocean sediments,  3D acoustic propagation in shallow water and the effects of sea surface waves on acoustic normal modes. He has done work on the effects of ocean noise on marine animals.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Rhode Island.

Dr. Miller co-founded FarSounder, Inc. of Warwick, Rhode Island with URI alumnus Matt Zimmerman.


  • 7/08 – 6/11          Chair, Department of Ocean Engineering, URI
  • 7/99 – 1/06          Professor of Ocean Engineering, URI
  • 7/97                     Tenure Awarded, URI
  • 8/95 – 8/98          Associate Professor University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island
  • 8/87 – 8/95          Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
  • 7/92 – 8/95          Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NPS
  • 7/94                     Tenure Awarded, NPS
  • 8/87 – 7/92          Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NPS

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