Board Candidate – Jerry Miller
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
Jerry Miller, PhD, is the president of Science for Decisions, a consulting practice which he founded in 2013 to ensure that solid science is available to inform decisions that impact people and places around the globe.
A senior executive with expertise in natural sciences and policy, Dr. Miller also served from 2015 through early 2017 as Director of the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine where he addressed a wide range of issues spanning the interfaces among economic, environmental, and social sciences. These included energy supply, food security, and urban development for which marine components are of increasing importance.
Previously, Miller held several senior positions, including Assistant Director for Ocean Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he was instrumental in the creation of the United States’ first National Ocean Policy and the development of its foundational science and technology priorities. Before taking on his role at the White House, Dr. Miller held positions in academia, government, and the non-profit sector.
He has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature and made significant contributions to several major federal policy documents. His work has been recognized with awards both in the U.S. and abroad including for the development of salinity remote sensing technology.
Miller earned his B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, his M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and his Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Miami.
MTS Experience and Other Association Experience
Miller has served the Marine Technology Society as both an author and a reviewer of numerous articles published in the MTS Journal over the last 20 years. He also engaged with MTS as a speaker and panelist while serving at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and thereby put a spotlight on marine technology in the policy context. Further, he made sure that MTS was represented along with other professional societies as public input was solicited during the policymaking process.
Miller has served several other professional associations in a variety of ways. For the last decade, he has served as the ocean expert on the editorial board of EOS, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union, and has ensured that it covers developments in marine science and technology.
He has organized special sessions at national and international meetings for the European Geosciences Union, The Oceanography Society, the National Council on Science and the Environment, and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, for example.
For the last several years he has served on the Board of the Women’s Aquatic Network, a non-profit devoted to the professional development of early-career women in public and private sector policy positions.
Beyond these formal activities, Miller has served as an informal advisor to the leadership of many professional associations as they have sought engagement with the highest levels of government both in the US and abroad.