Associate Professor of Naval Architecture
Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
US Naval Academy, Mail Stop 11d
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
Office: Rickover 319
Professor Miller joined the faculty of the Naval Architecture Program in January 1999. His experience includes ship design, research, construction, maintenance, repair and operations. He has worked on a variety of different vessel types, ranging in size from 40" radio-controlled models to supertankers and aircraft carriers. His primary research focus is advancing the state of design practice for marine composites through cost and weight-efficient-effective structural design, fabrication efficiency and quality issues.
Associate Designer, various America's Cup syndicates, 1991- 2003
Participated as a member of the design team to develop and achieve structural performance and design goals. Major focus included directing research and designing composite and metal components for America's Cup yachts using finite element and other analysis techniques. Additional responsibilities included integrating design with manufacturing methods, proposing quality assurance and performance tests, interpreting test results and recommending structural proposals. Syndicates included Team Dennis Conner (92, 95, 03), Team Caribbean (00), and AmericaOne (00)
Structural Designer/Construction Supervisor/Consultant, Maricomp/MCA, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1992 - 2006
Part-time job designing various marine applications in composites, metals and wood. Projects included advanced vessel design and construction, recreational marine craft and tanker fatigue study. Past projects included naval vessels, barges, container ships and historical vessel restoration.
Lecturer/Graduate Student Instructor, Civil Engineering and Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering (RIP) Departments, University of California at Berkeley, 1995-1998
Taught naval architecture and civil engineering design, structures and fabrication classes.
Engineer, Newport News Shipbuilding, San Diego, Calif., Jan. ‘89 - Mar. '92
Performed design and analysis for naval and commercial vessels. Led two-year project defining performance and cost parameters for joining composite materials in marine applications, developed time-saving design guides and spreadsheets for composite joints and other structural and hydrodynamic design problems, supervised junior engineers, performed on-site purchase reviews, presented technical proposals to senior management and government agencies.
Manager, Boston Sailing Center, Boston, Mass., Jun. '85 - Jan. '88
Managed 50-boat school and marina. Taught beginning, racing and offshore sailing courses.
Faculty Representative to the Intercollegiate Sailing Team
Varsity Offshore Sailing Team Volunteer Coach
OIC during OSTS/CSNTS Summer Cruises
Faculty Representative to the student section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
E&W Division Trident Review Committee
New Navy 44 Configuration Control Committee
Design and fabrication processes for marine composites applications
Finite element analysis
Small autonomous surface vessels
Design for reduced human fatigue and error
USCG 50-ton Master’s License, Hong Kong Marine Department 25-ton Master’s Certificate
Professional Engineer License (Naval Arch and Marine Eng), Maryland
Sailing Instructor Certificates
Private Pilot – ASEL
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers - Section and technical panel activities, San Diego Section Meetings Chairman ‘89-’90, Membership Chairman ‘90-91,Secretary/Treasurer '91-'92, Vice Chairman '92, U. C. Berkeley Student Section Vice President ‘93-94, President ‘94, Chesapeake Section Executive Committee, 2000-present, T&R Panel SC-2 Chairman, 2001-2004, Vice Chairman Chesapeake Section 2005-2006, Chairman 2006-2007.
US Sailing- Safety at Sea Committee
Primarily sailing, motorcycling, boatbuilding and flying. Paul and his wife Dawn used to race two International Sailing Canoes they built. When not varnishing, they are often out in a 1962 Herreshoff Rozinante ketch or a 1957 15' Lyman runabout. They also have been known to (slowly) fly a 1946 Aeronca Champ and ride dual sport motorcycles.