Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor Richard Miles attended Stanford University and received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in 1966, his Masters' Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1972. At Stanford he was a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow and an NSF Postdoctoral Research Associate. He joined the faculty at Princeton University in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in the fall of 1972. He was promoted to Associated Professor in 1978 and Full Professor in 1982. From 1980 to 1996 he served as Chairman of Engineering Physics at Princeton University and from 1994 to 2000 as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Professor Miles’ work focuses on the use of lasers, electron beams, electric discharges, microwaves and magnetic devices to control, accelerate, extract power and precondition gas flows for subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic fluid dynamics, molecular detection and propulsion applications. Research in these areas is facilitated by advanced linear and nonlinear laser diagnostic concepts he and his research group have developed. Prof. Miles’ research team includes graduate and undergraduate students, research associates and technical support staff. Recent advances include the development of a backward propagating air laser, turbulence imaging by line writing in air using femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging, part per billion stand-off detection of hazardous gases, microwave enhanced extension of the combustion lean limit, and a laser based air data concept for high speed aircraft.
Professor Miles is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Trustee of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Chairman of the Elmer A. Sperry Board of Award, a member of the Board of Directors of Precision Optics Corporation, a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, a US Representative on the International Liaison Group on MHD Energy Conversion, and a past judge for the National Siemens Westinghouse High School Competition. He is a life member of the American Physical Society, a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is the recipient of the 2000 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award and the 2011 AIAA Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Award. He has 9 patents and over 360 publications and published conference manuscripts.