Miller granted National Science Foundation CAREER award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Scarlett Miller, the James F. Will Career Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs, and in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

Miller's five-year, $400,000 grant is titled "From Risk Aversion to Innovation: Transforming the Concept Selection Process to Maximize Product Success."

"Although creativity and innovation are seen as critical components of engineering design, they are inherently a high-risk undertaking," said Miller. "As such, it is commonplace in engineering to prematurely filter out novel ideas in order to reduce risk. This is problematic because engineers and engineering companies that fail to innovate are at risk for economic failure due to the relationship between innovation and long-term success."

The NSF CAREER Program is designed to promote the work of young teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

Miller joined Penn State in 2011. Her research interests are in human-computer interface, ergonomics, and engineering design and methodologies.

Miller received her bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial and management systems engineering from the University of Nebraska and her doctorate in industrial and enterprise systems engineering from the University of Illinois.

Last Updated January 09, 2015