James Miller, P.E.

  • ProfessorJames Miller
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Office: 222 Sheets Building
  • Phone: 401.874.6540
  • Fax: 401.874.6837
  • Email: miller@uri.edu
  • Mailing Address: 110 Sheets Building
    Narragansett Bay Campus
    15 Receiving Road
    Narragansett, RI 02882
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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

Honors and Activities:


6/83 – 8/87
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Cambridge and Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Joint Program in Oceanographic Engineering
Doctor of Science
Dissertation: “Estimation of Sea Surface Wave Spectra Using Acoustic Tomography”
Supervisor: Dr. James F. Lynch

9/79 – 3/81
Stanford University
Stanford, California
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Emphasis in Signal Processing

9/75 – 6/79
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with Distinction
Emphasis in Control Engineering


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