Dr. Miller is a Scientific Advisor to SOIL Funds. Dr. Miller is also presently a Professor of Chemistry at New York University (“NYU”) and previously was a Professor of Engineering as well as a Professor of Energy and Atmospheric Science at NYU. Dr. Miller has conducted numerous studies at NYU and in a number of energy and environmental fields as a consultant. In the 1980s, he headed research programs in a number of renewable energy fields that have recently re-gained in importance. His work has encompassed studies of a variety of combustion systems, including studies of human exposure to toxic emissions from municipal solid waste facilities, and analyses of power plant systems for compliance with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.Dr. Miller has led projects in boiler design, gas and oil-fired cogeneration, hydrolysis of waste to glucose, municipal solid waste and sludge incineration, biofuel combustion, coal and wood waste fired fluidized bed combustion, wind energy, hydropower, power transmission by microwaves, wastewater system requirements, and air and odor impacts for health risk analyses. He also managed production of engineering feasibility studies, as part of due diligence for bond issues, as well as compliance with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (including retrofitting municipal solid waste combustors and boiler modifications to meet NOx/RACT rules). He has been an advisor to several fund managers focused on energy and resources including Hudson Clean Energy Partners, Pegasus Capital Advisors, and Braemar Energy Ventures.
Dr. Miller serves as Executive Director of the Society for Energy and Environmental Research (“SEER”), where he oversees studies in biofuel production. He holds a BS, MS and PhD (1969) in Aerospace Engineering from New York University.
As Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at NREL, Richard is responsible for the management of the teams accountable for the Engineered Innovation Initiative, the Industry Growth Forum, the Venture Capital Advisory Board, Investor Networking Initiatives, Regional and National Incubator Programs, and the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program. He will also coordinate IEC’s work with the Mentor-Protégé program, the Small Business Subcontracting program, and the development of the Center for Renewable Energy and Economic Development (CREED).
Richard lives in Golden, Colorado. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New England (AU) in Agricultural Economics, and Business and Economics.