FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: October 30, 2000

                                                                                                            Contact: Lezli Austen

UIS professor is selected as University Scholar

SPRINGFIELD – Keith Miller, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named University Scholar for 2000-2001. He is one of only 18 faculty members (and the only one from UIS) chosen for the award that honors and rewards outstanding teachers and scholars on the three University of Illinois campuses.

Miller will receive a stipend of $10,000 a year for three years to support his scholarly activities.

Miller is highly regarded as a teacher and a scholar in the areas of software engineering, particularly testing; computer ethics; and computer science education. His scholarship has influenced evolving thinking within the field of computer science, particularly his work on the computer generation of random numbers and his seminal work on computer ethics. Miller helped produce a code of ethics for software engineers which has been approved by IEEE Computer Society, the leading national association in the field. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 papers for journals, conferences, and book chapters. Most of these works are collaborations and many are interdisciplinary. His work is frequently cited, and his vita lists dozens of invited talks. Recently, he was invited to serve as an expert witness in two cases involving software analysis.

Miller has been awarded numerous grants, most recently from the National Science Foundation for work in computer ethics. Miller received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Iowa, his master’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and his bachelor’s degree from Concordia Teachers College. He has helped organize several international scholarly meetings. In 1995, he served as program chair of the National Educational Computing Conference, and was a program co-chair of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Conference on Public Policy in 1998.

The University Scholars program was inaugurated in 1985, when the U of I Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program’s purpose, then and now, is to strengthen the University in meeting today’s challenges and tomorrow’s promise. Faculty do not apply for this award. Rather, they are nominated by their peers. A committee of senior faculty makes the final selections.

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