George Miel spent about half of his career in academia, as a numerical analyst mostly at UNLV, and the remainder mostly as a researcher on scientific computing in the aerospace sector. He retired in 2006 from his academic post at UNLV, becoming emeritus professor of mathematical sciences.
From 1991-2006, he was a professor of computational mathematics, addressing the usual duties of a faculty post. He taught a diversity of undergraduate courses as well as specialized graduate courses on computing, i.e. advanced matrix computation. He supervised twelve master’s students and served on doctoral committees of seven Ph.D. students. His research record includes approximately 120 publications on algorithmic and numerical analyses, parallel processing, and miscellaneous scientific and engineering applications. (An expository paper [“Of calculations past and present: the Archimedean algorithm”, American Mathematical Monthly, 90(1983), pp. 17-35], which traces the evolution of a certain class of algorithms, was awarded the Chauvenet Prize in January 1986 by the Mathematical Association of America). Throughout the years, he served in numerous academic committees, as chairman of the department, and as graduate coordinator.
Miel was a research scientist in the department of exploratory studies at Hughes Research Laboratories from 1988-91. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, his work dealt with numerical methods and algorithms, modeling and simulation techniques for advanced computer architectures, in particular, systolic array processors aimed primarily at throughput-intensive signal processing, applications in which there is much symbiosis with methods of computational linear algebra. From 1985-88, as a senior system engineer for The Aerospace Corp., a nonprofit federally funded research and development center, he applied diverse skills in systems and software engineering, and at times mathematical techniques, for the analysis, design, and integration of miscellaneous aerospace systems, components, or missions. Part of the duties in these projects dealt with the investigation of then-nascent parallel processing as a means of handling the computationally intensive problems. During his employment in the aerospace sector, he served on professional committees including, chair of the Committee on Computational Science, Aerospace Industries Association (1989-1991) and Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee on Software Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1993-1995). The projects at both Hughes and Aerospace were funded by team grants from DARPA, DOE, NASA, NSF, USAF as well as corporate IR&D grants.
- Ph.D., Numerical Analysis, University of Wyoming, 1976
- M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Illinois, 1966
- B.S., Engineering Physics & Mathematics, University of Illinois, 1964