Duane F. Miller Receives 2003 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Medal of Honor
Warrendale, PA,, March 20, 2003 - Duane Miller, a retired Executive Vice President of Nissan, was recognized as the recipient of the 2003 SAE Medal of Honor during the Honors Convocation Luncheon on March 4 held during the week of the SAE 2003 World Congress.
Established, in 1986, the SAE Medal of Honor recognizes and honors a living SAE member for unique and significant contributions to the Society. Unlike other SAE awards that honor technical achievements or outstanding accomplishments in the various fields of mobility, this award recognizes an individual's contributions to the overall SAE organization.
Miller joined SAE in 1958 and has served in a variety of capacities, most notably as Treasurer and member of the SAE Board of Directors. Additionally, he was Chair of both the Publication and Finance Committees and a member of the Motor Vehicle Council, Membership Services Board and the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Miller was also Chair of the SAE Passenger Car Meeting in 1981.
With more than 45 years experience in the automotive industry, Miller's first significant assignment as a chassis designer at Pontiac Engineering, GMC, was designing the front suspensions for the 1961 Pontiacs. Several years later, he developed the ride and handling for the 1964 GTO, the industries' first "muscle car." Miller eventually became Pontiac's Chief Body Design Engineer.
In 1977, he joined Volkswagen of America to help establish and develop their American product engineering operation. As the senior American engineer, he was sent to Volkswagen's Corporate Headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, in 1983 for a two-year assignment. In 1988, Miller joined Nissan and was initially responsible for helping to organize and build Nissan's Technical Center in Michigan. He later became Senior Vice President with total engineering responsibility for Nissan vehicles manufactured in the U.S. Retiring from Nissan as Executive Vice President in 1996, he formed D. F. Miller International, Inc. for consulting services.
He holds a BSME degree from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Michigan State University.
Miller is an active antique car enthusiast and enjoys restoration and touring. He and his wife, Jean, reside in Hiawassee, Georgia and are active in church and community related activities. They have two grown children, Robin McGrath and David Miller, as well as five grand daughters.