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Bill Miller, Ph. D.


School of Architecture

Dr. Miller’s work experience includes 36 years of research in building science technologies, vapor compression refrigeration systems and absorption heat and mass transfer. He is employed by the Energy and Transportation Science Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and holds a joint appointment at the University of Tennessee where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Architecture and Design and in the Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering department. As Program Manager of the Zero Energy Building Research Alliance, Dr. Miller directed a team of engineers with the setup of four 50% energy saver homes. He has conducted roof research for SPRI, the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association, the Metal Construction Association, the Copper Development Association, PolyFoam Corporation, and Elk/GAF shingle manufacturers, Louisiana Pacific, the Tile Roofing Institute and the California Energy Commission (CEC). He collaborated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) on a Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) project and completed cool roof studies for the CEC. A recent activity addresses expertise in the modeling and design of glass windows and double skin facades as part of an initiative with the Art and Architecture Department of UTK. He served as a PI for the Solar Decathlon and taught and supported several students with the design and commissioning of the Decathlon home. Dr. Miller is also working with Owens Corning to develop thermally efficient and hygro-thermally durable sealed attic systems for the CEC. Examples of his relevant project experience include:


  • Established a photovoltaic distributed energy resource (PV DER) demonstration and experimental field study with support from the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), British Petroleum Solar (BP Solar) and the ORNL State Partnership Program.
  • Recipient of ASME’s Advanced Energy Systems Heat Pump Technical Committee 1999 Best Paper Award for “The Correlation of Coupled Heat and Mass Transfer Experimental Data for Vertical Falling Film Absorption”


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 1998 University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • M.S.   Mechanical Engineering, 1980, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • B.S.    Mechanical Engineering, 1978, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • B.S.    Agriculture, Plant and Soil Science, 1974, University of Tennessee Knoxville