Jay Miller
Jay T. Miller, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Mechanical Engineering
Natick

Dr. Miller specializes in experimental and analytical investigations of mechanical phenomena and integration of intelligent robotic systems. He provides expertise to clients interested in further understanding, diagnosing, and/or optimizing their mechanical systems as well as clients looking to augment robotic systems with intelligence or process-based knowledge. He has direct experience in the geotechnical construction, oil & gas, and aerospace industries and currently serves as a member on the Robotic Industries Association drafting subcommittees on Industrial Robot Safety (15.06) and Industrial Mobile Robot Safety (15.08).

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Miller had industrial research and development roles with United Technologies and Schlumberger. At United Technologies, he specialized in robotic manipulation as well as in the integration of intelligent software systems with hardware platforms. He has experience with both original equipment manufacturer-specific languages as well as open-source software such as the Robot Operating System (including ROS-I). At Schlumberger, Dr. Miller focused on the mechanics of tubular structures and advanced materials confined in the downhole environment. In this role, he designed and built scaled model experiments to characterize systems and to explore improvement strategies at a greatly reduced cost and timeline to support new product development for coiled tubing, drilling, and acoustic logging tools. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Miller worked for GeoEngineers as a staff level geotechnical engineer, performing construction observation for traditional and trenchless construction projects, site investigation, and geotechnical design work.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • S.M., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2008
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2006

Publications

Miller J, Wicks N. Vacuum-Actuated Bending for Grasping. Robotics. 2018 Nov 16;7(4):73.

Stramandinoli F, Lore KG, Peters JR, O’Neill PC, Nair BM, Varma R, Ryde JC, Miller JT, Reddy KK. Robot Learning from Human Demonstration in Virtual Reality. Extended abstract for the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI), Workshop on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. 2018

Miller JT, Su T, Pabon J, Wicks N, Bertoldi K, Reis PM. Buckling-Induced Lock-Up of a Slender Rod Injected into a Horizontal Cylinder. International Journal of Solids and Structures 2015; 72:153.

Miller JT, Su T, Pabon J, Wicks N, Bertoldi K, Reis PM. Buckling of a Thin Elastic Rod Inside a Horizontal Cylindrical Constraint. Extreme Mechanics Letters 2015; 3: 36.

Miller JT, Mulcahy CG, Pabon J, Wicks N, Bertoldi K, Reis PM. Extending the Reach of a Rod Injected into a Cylinder Through Distributed Vibration. Journal of Applied Mechanics 2015; 82: 021003.

Miller JT, Lazarus A, Audoly B, Reis PM. Shapes of a Suspended Curly Hair. Physical Review Letters 2014; 112: 068103. Editor’s Suggestion & Cover Story.

Lazarus A, Miller JT, Reis PM. Continuation of Equilibria and Stability of Slender Elastic Rods Using an Asymptotic Numerical Method. Journal of the Mecahnics and Physics of Solids 2013; 61: 1712.

Lazarus A, Miller JT, Metlitz MM, Reis PM. Contorting a Heavy and Naturally Curved Elastic Rod. Soft Matter 2013; 9: 8274.

Presentations

Miller JT. The Behavior of Slender Elastic Structures: From Cartoon Curls to Soft Robotics. Invited Talk, Mount Holyoke College Engineering Nexus Seminar, South Hadley, MA, 2017.

Miller JT, Su T, Wicks N, Pabon J, Bertoldi K, Reis PM. Buckling of a Thin Rod Under Cylindrical Constraint. Talk, Society of Engineering Science 50th Annual Technical Meeting, Providence, RI, 2013.

Miller JT, Su T, Wicks N, Pabon J, Bertoldi K, Reis PM. Buckling of a Thin Rod Under Cylindrical Constraint. Talk, American Physical Society March Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2013.

Miller JT, Lazarus A, Berry B, Audoly B, Reis PM. The Mechanics of Curly Hair. Talk, Society of Engineering Science 49th Annual Technical Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2012.

Miller JT, Lazarus A, Berry B, Audoly B, Reis PM. The Mechanics of Curly Hair. Highlighted Talk, American Physical Society March Meeting, Boston, MA, 2012.

Miller JT, Reis PM. Sinusoidal to Helical Buckling of a Thin Rod Under Cylindrical Constraint. New England Workshop on the Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Cambridge, MA, 2011.

Miller JT, Lazarus A, Wicks N, Pabon J, Reis PM. Sinusoidal to Helical Buckling of a Thin Rod Under Cylindrical Constraint. American Physical Society March Meeting, Dallas, TX, 2011.

Miller JT, Einstein H. Crack Coalescence Tests on Granite. Talk and Paper, 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 2008.

Patents

US Patent 10,041,313: Method and System for Extending Reach in Deviated Wellbores Using Selected Injection Speed, August 2018 (Miller J, Wicks N, Reis P, Su T).

US Patent 10,030,456: Method and System for Extending Reach in Deviated Wellbores Using Selected Vibration Frequency, July 2018 (Miller J, Wicks N, Pabon JA, Reis P).

Prior Experience

Senior Research Engineer, United Technologies, 2017-2018

Research Scientist, Schlumberger, 2014-2017

Staff Geotechnical Engineer, GeoEngineers, Inc., 2008-2010

Professional Affiliations

ASME (active member)

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Sports Engineering

International Journal of Mechanical Sciences

Journal of Engineering Mechanics

Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

Actuators

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • S.M., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2008
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2006