Texas A&M University senior Daniel Miller '13, a double major in electrical engineering and mathematics, has been named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar by the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

Miller is the 39th Texas A&M student who has been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, the nation's most prestigious award for undergraduates in the sciences, since the program was founded in 1986. He is one of 13 honored this year in the state of Texas.

In addition to Miller, sophomore chemical engineering major John Rogers earned Goldwater Honorable Mention honors.

Miller, an Undergraduate Research Scholar mentored by Dr. Jean Marie Linhart in the Department of Mathematics as well as a University Honors Student, plans to pursue a career in research. Miller has published his original undergraduate research on the optimization of solar water heaters in Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Research Journal. This interdisciplinary project involves mathematical analysis and modeling as well as engineering design and optimization. The goal of his project is to optimize a solar water heater's efficiency. Along with planning, executing and writing a research thesis, Miller will present his work this summer at 2013 MathFest with Pi Mu Epsilon, the Mathematics Honors Society. Miller says the Goldwater Scholarship will help support the completion of various requirements related to his double major, which amounts to an extra year of school.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established on November 14, 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. There were 271 scholarships awarded from 1,107 applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of their commitment to a career in research within the math, science or engineering discipline -- with the average awardee having a 3.9 GPA.

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed over 6,550 scholarships worth approximately $40 million. The Trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Current juniors and seniors interested in applying to the 2014-2015 Goldwater Scholarship should contact Jamaica Pouncy, Program Coordinator, National Fellowships and Honors Academic Advisor, at jamaica.pouncy@tamu.edu.


Contact: Chrystina Rago, chrysrago@honors.tamu.edu

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    As part of a 2012 mathematical modeling class project, Miller created a video simulation explaining chaos theory, earning a first-place award in a contest sponsored by the Texas A&M Writing Center in conjunction with its 10th anniversary celebration.

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