Paul H. Miller, D.Eng., P.E.  

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

Contact Information


Fax: 410-293-2219

Office: Rickover 319

Bio Information

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.


  • Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley. Dissertation on marine composites fatigue durability and testing. May 2000.
  • Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering, University of California at Berkeley. Emphasis on ship structural design. December 1994.
  • Certificate in the Management of Technology, University of California at Berkeley. December 1994. 
  • Master of Engineering in Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N. J.  Major in naval architecture. Capstone project in control and directional stability. May 1987.
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.  Major emphasis on engineering design. Minor in Asian Studies. May 1985.
  • Williams College/Mystic Seaport Museum Program in American Maritime Studies, Fall 1983. 

Work Experience

Associate Designervarious 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.

Academy Activities

Faculty Representative to the Intercollegiate Sailing Team

Varsity Offshore Sailing Team Volunteer Coach

OIC during OSTS/CSNTS Summer Cruises

BST instructor
Faculty Representative to the student section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Plebe Advisor
E&W Division Trident Review Committee
New Navy 44 Configuration Control Committee

Research Interests

Design and fabrication processes for marine composites applications
Finite element analysis

Small autonomous surface vessels
Design for reduced human fatigue and error

Licenses and Certificates

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

Professional Memberships

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.

American Society for Engineering Education

American Society for Naval Engineers

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.

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