Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
Enrolled in Bucknell's College of Engineering, Bob Miller graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. A short time later, he received a master's degree from Stanford University.
His career began with IBM where he rapidly rose from associate engineer to become the director of the IBM laboratory in Kingston, N.Y. His creativity enabled him to win the first "Inventive Plateau Award" established by IBM.
In 1981, he accepted a position as senior vice president for research and development at Data General and, in 1985, he decided to head up MIPS, a new, cutting edge microchip manufacturer in Silicon Valley. MIPS' sales have increased from $19 million in 1987 to more that $100 million in 1989, and it is expected to be a billion dollar company by the turn of the century. He has been described as a "stellar corporate leader, possessing an incisive intellect and an acute business instinct."