Don Lewis Millard
— Director of the Academy of Electronic Media
— Research Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

— Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1991
— B.S., Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1980

Career Highlights:
Millard currently leads the Academy of Electronic Media, which specializes in the development and use of engaging interactive electronic media. During his 22 years at Rensselaer, he has served as a faculty member of the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department; held several roles with the Center for Integrated Electronics, including five years as director; served as technical director of the Design and Manufacturing Institute, and served as senior project manager for the Center for Manufacturing Productivity and Technology Transfer.

Prior to joining the university, Millard spent two years as a biomedical engineer at Veteran's Administration Hospital in Albany, N.Y. and two years as a designer at Electronics for Medicine, in Sudbury, Mass. The owner of DLM Consulting since 1981, Millard holds a patent for the development of a laser-induced, plasma-based "Non-Contact Electrical Pathway," which is used to perform electrical testing of fine-pitch electrical components.

The author of numerous technical papers, presentations, and book contributions, Millard has received such distinguished awards as the Best Paper Award of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)'s Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) International Electronic Manufacturing Technology Symposium. He has served as a reviewer for such publications as IEEE Transactions On Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology and the Digital Technical Journal of Digital Equipment Corporation. Millard also has served as an editor for the Metals Subpanel Symposium of the Department of Defense's Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) and for the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Proposal: Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology (CAIST).

Research Areas:
Millard's research includes the development of electronic media, information technology, semiconductor fabrication, electronics design and manufacturing, electrical testing methodologies, and non-destructive solder joint inspection and evaluation.

He has been actively involved in the development of multimedia authoring tools and the integration of digital media for nearly 20 years and has produced a variety of electronic multimedia-based presentations involving the use of video, music, and interactivity. He also has authored a variety of multimedia-oriented lecture materials for use in courses involving electronic instrumentation and electronics design and manufacturing.

Millard has served as a principle investigator on a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, most recently as director of a Combined Curriculum and Laboratory Instrumentation (CCLI) project that developed web-based materials and technologies for use in electrical engineering education. The project's Web site, located at, now receives over one million hits per year. He has also been a co-principal investigator for the multimedia-based Interactive Learning Modules (ILM) project and the Electronics Agile Manufacturing Research Institute, both of which were jointly sponsored by the NSF and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Selected Publications:
D.L. Millard and G. Burnham, "Interactive Educational Materials and Technologies," Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education 2002, Manchester, England, (August 2002).

D.L. Millard and G. Burnham, "'Cool' Interactive Media for Electrical Engineering Education," Proceedings of the 2000 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, St. Louis, (June 2001).

D.L. Millard, "Grab Students' Attention with Multimedia - How to Make the Most of Educational Presentation Software," ASEE Prism Feature Article, (December 1998).

D.L. Millard, A.C. Sanderson, W.J. Jennings, A. Wong, A. Patel, W. Brubaker, M. Perala, T. Krawczyk, and D. Slattery, "Interactive Learning Modules for Electrical and Computer Engineering," IEEE Frontiers in Education '97 Conference Proceedings, (March 1997).

A. Sanderson, D. Millard, W. Jennings, T. Krawczyk, D. Slattery, and S. Sanderson, "Cybertronics: Interactive Simulation Game for Design and Manufacturing Education," IEEE Frontiers in Education '97 Conference Proceedings, (March 1997).

R.J. Graves, D.L. Millard, and A.C. Sanderson, "Electronics Agile Manufacturing Research Institute: First Year Progress," Proceeding of the 1996 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Albuquerque, N.M., 129-130, (January 1996).

A. Kalukin, V. Sankaran, B. Chartrand, D. Millard, R. Kraft, and M. Embrechts, "An Improved Method for Inspection of Solder Joints Using X-ray Laminography and X-ray Microtomography," IEMT Symposium, Austin, TX, 438-445, (October 1996).

R. Gutmann and D. Millard, "Future Packaging of Integrated Circuit Chips - An Opportunity for Agility in the Electronics Sector," 4th Annual Agile Manufacturing Enterprise Forum, Atlanta, (March 1995).

D. Millard, R. Block, and K. Umstadter, "Laser Induced Plasma-based, Non-contact Electrical Testing of Functional Hardware," 11th IEEE/CPMT International Electronics Manufacturing Technology Symposium, (September 1991). *Received Best Paper Award, reprinted in IEEE Transactions.

A. Sanderson, D. Millard, T. Rosenberger, W. Jennings, and S. Sanderson, "Multimedia Interactive Learning Modules for Design and Manufacturing Education" Frontiers in Education Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, (October 1996). Participated in NSF Project Showcase session, which demonstrated ILM software.

Contact Information:
Don Lewis Millard
9015 Low Center for Industrial Innovation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
(518) 276-6724



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