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Scarlett Miller

Associate Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

213P Hammond Building

shm13@psu.edu

814-863-4143

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Engineering Design, Human Factors/Ergonomics

Interest Areas:

Dr. Miller's research has three main thrusts: ergonomic product design, design cognition and human-computer interaction.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Industrial Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
  • Ph D, Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Elizabeth Starkey, Christine Toh and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2016, "Abandoning Creativity: The evolution of creative ideas in engineering design course projects", Design Studies, 47
  • S. Adams and S. Miller, 2016, "The Scissor effect: Challenges and Response Strategies for Encouraging Moroccan Women to Pursue Engineering and Science Careers", Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering., 22, (3), pp. 33
  • C. Toh and S. Miller, 2016, "Choosing Creativity: The Role of Individual Risk and Ambiguity Aversion on Creative Concept Selection in Engineering Design.", Research in Engineering Design, 27, (3), pp. 195-219
  • C. A. Toh and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2015, "How Engineering Teams Select Design Concepts: A View Through the Lens of Creativity.", Design Studies, 38, (2015), pp. 111-138
  • C. Toh, Scarlett Rae Miller and Tim Simpson, 2015, "The Impact of Virtual Product Dissection Environments on Student Learning and Self-Efficacy.", Journal of Engineering Design, 26, (1-3), pp. 48-73
  • Christopher Gosnell and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2015, "But is it Creative? Delineating the Impact of Expertise and Concept Ratings on Creative Concept Selection", Journal of Mechanical Design, 139, (2), pp. 021101-021101-11
  • C. Toh and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2014, "The Impact of Example Modality and Physical Interactions on Design Creativity", Journal of Mechanical Design, 136, (9), pp. 091004-091014
  • S. R. Miller, B. P. Bailey and A. K. Kirlik, 2014, "Exploring the Utility of Bayesian Truth Serum for Assessing Design Knowledge", Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 29, pp. 487-515
  • C. Toh, S. R. Miller and K. Kremer, 2014, "The Impact of Team-Based Product Dissection on Design Novelty.", Journal of Mechanical Design, 136, (4), pp. 041004-041014
  • C. Toh, Scarlett Rae Miller and G. E. Okudan Kremer, 2013, "The Role of Personality and Team-based Product Dissection on Fixation Effects", Advances in Engineering Education, 3, (4), pp. 1-23
  • S. R. Herring, P. Castillejos and M. S. Hallbeck, 2011, "User-centered Evaluation of Handle Shape and Size and Input Controls for a Neutron Detector", Applied Ergonomics, 42, (6), pp. 919-928
  • S. R. Herring, A. Trejo and M. S. Hallbeck, 2010, "Evaluation of Four Cursor Control Devices During a Target Acquisition Task for Laparoscopic Tool Control", Applied Ergonomics, 41, (1), pp. 47-57
  • S. R. Herring and M. S. Hallbeck, 2010, "Conceptual Design of a Wearable Radiation Detector Alarm System: A Review of the Literature", Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Sciences, 11, (3), pp. 197-219
  • S. R. Herring and M. S. Hallbeck, 2009, "Evaluation of a Two Cursor Control Device for Development of a Powered Laparoscopic Surgical Tool", Ergonomics, 52, (8), pp. 891-906
  • S. R. Herring and M. S. Hallbeck, 2007, "The Effects of Distance and Height on Maximal Isometric Push and Pull Strength with Reference to Manual Transmission Truck Drivers", International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37, (8), pp. 685-696
  • Christine Toh and Scarlett Rae Miller, , "Creativity in Design Teams: The Influence of Personality Traits and Risk Attitudes on Creative Concept Selection", Research in Engineering Design, 1, (2016), pp. 73-89
  • Christine Toh, Andrew Strohmetz and Scarlett Rae Miller, , "The Effects of Gender and Idea Goodness on Ownership Bias in Engineering Design Education", Journal of Mechanical Design, 138, (10)

Conference Proceedings

  • Mary Yovanoff, David Pepley, Katelin Mirkin, David Han, Jason Zachary Moore and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2017, "Personalized Learning in Medical Education: Designing a User Interface for a Dynamic Haptic Robotic Trainer for Central Venous Catheterization"
  • Xuan Zheng and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2017, "Risky Business: The Driving Factors of Creative Risk Taking Behaviors in Engineering Design Industry"
  • Hong-En Chen and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2017, "Can Wearable Sensors be Used to Capture Engineering Design Team Interactions? An Investigation into the reliability of Sociometric Badges."
  • Elizabeth Starkey, Cailyn Spencer, Kevin Lesniak, Conrad S Tucker and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2017, "Do Technological Advancements Lead to Learning Enhancements? An Exploration in Virtual Product Dissection."
  • Michael Barclift, Maria Nassiner, Timothy W Simpson and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2017, "Does Designing for Additive Manufacturing Help Us Be More Creative? An Exploration in Engineering Design Education"
  • Christine Toh, Elizabeth Starkey, Conrad S Tucker and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2017, "Mining for Creativity: Determining the Creativity of Ideas through Data Mining Techniques."
  • Christian Lopez, Xuan Zheng and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2017, "Linking Creativity Metrics to Product Market Favorability: A Data-Mining Approach"
  • Mary Yovanoff, David Pepley, Katelin Mirkin, David Han, Jason Zachary Moore and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2016, "Improving Medical Education: Simulating Changes in Patient Anatomy Using Dynamic Haptic Feedback"
  • Elizabeth Starkey, Alex Mckay, Samuel T Hunter and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2016, "Let’s get physical? The impact of dissection modality on engineering student design learning"
  • Xuan Zheng and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2016, "How do I choose? The influence of concept selection methods on student team decision-making"
  • Christine Toh, Andrew Strohmetz and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2016, "The preferences for creativity scale (PCS): identifying the underlying constructs of creative concept selection"
  • Elizabeth Starkey, Alex Mckay, Samuel T Hunter and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2016, "Dissecting creativity: How dissection virtuality, analogical distance, and product complexity impact creativity and self-efficacy"
  • David Pepley, Mary Yovanoff, Katelin Mirkin, Scarlett Rae Miller, David Han and Jason Zachary Moore, 2016, "A Virtual Reality Haptic Robotic Simulator for Central Venous Catheterization Training"
  • Christine Toh, Arti Patel, Andrew Strohmetz and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2015, "My idea is best! Ownership bias and its influence in engineering concept selection"
  • Christine Toh, Lisa Miele and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2015, "Which one should I pick? Concept selection in engineering design industry."
  • Elizabeth Starkey, Christopher Gosnell and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2015, "Implementing Creativity Evaluation Tools Into The Concept Selection Process In Engineering Education"
  • Inki Kim, Adam Gordon and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2015, "Stochastic Event Detection In Needle-Tissue Interaction"
  • Jessica Menold, Lydia Weitzler, Yan Liu, Sven Bilén and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2015, "Identifying End-User Requirements for Communication Systems in Disadvantaged Environments", IEEE, 2015, pp. 7
  • A. Weinert, P. Erickson, Paul Breimyer, Matt Sampari, Jason Huff, Carlos Parra and S. Miller, 2014, "Designing public safety mobile applications for disconnected, interrupted, and low bandwidth communication environments"
  • I. Kim, S. Miller and Andris Freivalds, 2014, "Using Learning Curves to Assess Resident Surgical Skill Acquisition: A Case Study of Ultra-Sound Guided Catheter Insertion.", pp. 5
  • C. Gosnell and S. Miller, 2014, "A Novel Method for Providing Global Assessments of Design Concepts Using Single-Word Adjectives and Semantic Similarity", pp. 10
  • J. Cho, S. Miller, T. Simpson and B. Shooter, 2014, "Effects of Over-the-Counter Medication Product Family Design On Knowledge Acquisition and Consumer Preferences"
  • I. Kim, S. Miller and A. Frievalds, 2014, "Motion Analysis As An Evaluation Framework for Eye-Hand Coordination: A Case Study in Ultrasound-Guided Catheter"
  • S. R. Miller and B. P. Bailey, 2014, "Searching for inspiration: An in-depth look at designers' example finding process"
  • C. Toh and S. Miller, 2014, "The Impact of Virtual Dissection on Engineering Student Learning and Self-efficacy", pp. 10
  • C. Toh and S. Miller, 2014, "The Role of Individual Risk Attitudes on the Selection of CreativeConcepts in Engineering Design"
  • C. Toh and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2013, "Exploring the utility of product dissection for early-phase idea generation", ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Portland, OR, pp. 12
  • C. Toh and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2013, "Product Dissection or Visual Inspection? The Impact of Designer-Product Interactions on Engineering Design Creativity", ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Portland, OR, pp. 12
  • Scarlett Rae Miller, B. P. Bailey and A. Kirilk, 2012, "Towards the development of an objective assessment technique for use in engineering design education", ASEE 2012 Annual Conference, pp. 20
  • C. Toh, Scarlett Rae Miller and K. Gul, 2012, "Mitigating fixation effects in engineering design through product dissection activities", The 5th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, pp. 20
  • C. Toh, Scarlett Rae Miller and K. Gul, 2012, "Increasing novelty through product dissection activities in engineering design", 24th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Chicago, IL, pp. 10
  • S. R. Herring, C. Poon, G. Balasi and B. P. Bailey, 2011, "Tweetspiration: Leveraging social media for design inspiration", 2011 Annual Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 2311-2316
  • S. R. Herring, C. Chang, J. Krantzler and B. P. Bailey, 2009, "Getting inspired! understanding how and why examples are used in creative design practice", 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 87-96
  • S. R. Herring, B. Jones and B. P. Bailey, 2009, "Idea generation techniques among creative professionals", 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 1-10
  • S. R. Herring, P. Castillejos and M. S. Hallbeck, 2008, "Improving neutron detection: Usability analysis of control mechanisms and control orientations for use in hand-held devices", Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
  • J. Crowe, P. Castillejos, S. R. Herring and M. S. Hallbeck, 2008, "Evaluation of input control type and screen view orientation for a hand-held neutron detector", Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
  • S. R. Herring, A. Trejo and M. S. Hallbeck, 2007, "Comparison of four cursor control devices for development of a powered laparoscopic surgery tool - users' opinions", Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
  • V. Gnaneswaran, S. Herring, W. H. Ge, P. Catillejos and R. R. Bishu, 2007, "Ergonomic evaluation of writing instruments", Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • A. E. Abbas, S. Herring, J. D. Robins, K. Sims and C. Spetzler, 2011, "Peer-To-Peer Decision Training: Teaching Decision Skills to Troubled Teens", OR/MS Today, 38, (4), pp. 42-43

Extension Publications

  • A. Abbas, Scarlett Rae Miller, M. Robbins, K. Simms and C. Spetzler, 2010, "Peer to peer decision training", Decision Analysis Today, 29, (3), pp. 25-26

Other

  • Alex Mckay, Samuel T Hunter, Clayton Meisel, Scarlett Rae Miller and Elizabeth Starkey, 2016, "Harnessing the Power of Fixation for Design Creativity."
  • Christine Toh and Scarlett Rae Miller, 2016, "The Preferences For Creativity Scale (PCS): Identifying The Underlying Factors That Impact Creative Concept Selection"
  • Katelin Mirkin, Inki Kim, David Pepley, Mary Yovanoff, Scarlett Rae Miller, Jason Zachary Moore and David Han, 2016, "Engineering a better simulator: A pilot study assessing a haptic robot as a training system for central venous catheter insertion"

Research Projects

  • June 2014 - June 2019, "CAREER: From risk aversion to innovation: Transforming the engineering design process to maximize product success," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • August 2017 - July 2019, "Collaborative Research: Finding the [Ground] Truth: Improving the Validity and Reliability of Creativity Ratings in Engineering Design," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2017 - August 2018, "REU: Understanding The Impact of Virtual Product Dissection on Design Innovation," (Sponsor: The National Science Foundation).
  • April 2015 - March 2018, "Dynamic Haptic Robotic Training for Central Venous Catheter Insertion," (Sponsor: National Institute of Health).
  • May 2015 - August 2018, "Understanding The Impact of Virtual Product Dissection on Design Innovation," (Sponsor: The National Science Foundation).
  • May 2015 - May 2016, "Central Line Haptic Training Robot," (Sponsor: Industrial Engineering, Penn State).
  • August 2015 - August 2016, "Using Sociometric Badges To Understand Team Innovation Strategies In Engineering Education," (Sponsor: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering).
  • January 2015 - September 2015, "First Responders NICS Project," (Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
  • January 2014 - August 2014, "First Responders NICS Project," (Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
  • September 2012 - March 2014, "U.S.-Tunisia-Morocco Partnership: Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Stimulation (TIES)," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of State).
  • February 2014 - May 2014, "UX Design Problem for EDSGN 597D Design Project," (Sponsor: Philips Ultrasound Inc.).
  • February 2014 - May 2014, "UX Design Problem for EDSGN 597D Design Project," (Sponsor: FxPal).
  • May 2013 - June 2013, "Graphical User Interface Design for HVAC Control System PaceControls / DVIRC," (Sponsor: DVIRC/ PaceControls).
  • January 2013 - December 2013, "Hazards Analysis of Medical Devices," (Sponsor: PSU- Technion).
  • August 2013 - December 2013, "Design Problem for EDSGN597a GUI development for Energy Application," (Sponsor: PaceControls).
  • September 2013 - December 2013, "IDS: Graphical User Interface Design for HVAC Control System," (Sponsor: PaceControls, LLC).
  • February 2013 - May 2013, "UX Design Problem for Spring 2013, EDSGN 597d Design Project," (Sponsor: Philips Ultrasound, Inc.).
  • May 2011 - May 2012, "Social Media as a Tool to Aid in the Idea Generation Process," (Sponsor: Center for Research Design and Innovation - Penn State).
  • December 2011 - December 2012, "Using iPads to Teach Sketching and Communication Skills in EDSGN100," (Sponsor: Leonhard Center, Penn State University).

Honors and Awards

  • Best Presentation Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, March 2017 - March 2017
  • Best Presentation Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, March 2017 - March 2017
  • Best Presentation Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, March 2016 - March 2016
  • Design Studies Award 2015 Nominee, Elsevier Science Ltd and the Design Research Society, 2015 - 2015
  • Best Presentation Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, March 2015 - March 2015
  • Chipanis Best Paper Finalist, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, October 2014 - October 2014
  • James F. Wills Career Development Professorship, Penn State University, August 2011 - July 2014
  • Best Poster Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, March 2014
  • Best Presentation Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, March 2013 - March 2013
  • Best Paper Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, March 2013
  • Best Poster Award, College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State University, April 2012
  • Best Paper Finalist, American Society for Engineering Education, May 2012

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Chairperson, SEDTAPP Faculty Search Committee, November 2016 - May 2017
  • Committee Member, Committee Member, Penn State, Faculty Workload Review Committee, March 2016 - July 2016
  • Committee Member, Industrial Engineering Faculty Search Committee Member, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering Faculty Search Committee Member, December 2014 - May 2015
  • Committee Member, SEDTAPP Faculty Search Committee, November 2013 - May 2014
  • Committee Member, Leonhard Center Post-Doc Search Committee, February 2014 - May 2014
  • Committee Member, SEDTAPP Staff Search Committee, September 2013 - May 2014
  • Committee Member, SEDTAPP Faculty Search Committee, November 2012 - May 2013
  • , Women in Engineering Program Orientation, August 2013 - August 2013
  • Representative, College of Engineering Convocation Faculty Representative, August 2013 - August 2013
  • Advisor, Phi Sigma Rho, August 2013
  • Committee Member, Study of the Working and Learning Environment in the College of Engineering Committee Member, College of Engineering, July 2015
  • Member, College of Engineering Global Engineering Education (GLEE) Faculty Planning Committee, January 2013
  • Committee Member, SEDTAPP Curriculum Committee, March 2012
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate (Petitions) Committee Member, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering Undergraduate (Petitions) Committee, December 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • Committee Member, DCC'18: Seventh International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, March 2017 - June 2018
  • ChairChair, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), October 2016 - October 2017
  • Vice ChairVice-Chair, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), October 2015 - October 2016
  • Review Coordinator and Session ChairASME DETC: International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM), November 2015 - August 2016
  • Committee Member, DCC'16: Seventh International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, March 2016 - June 2016
  • Committee Member, International Conference on Design Creativity Program Committee, January 2015 - August 2016
  • Secretary, Secretary, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), October 2014 - October 2015
  • Review Coordinator and Session ChairASME DETC: International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM), November 2014 - August 2015
  • Review Coordinator and Session ChairASME DETC: International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM), November 2013 - August 2014
  • Committee Member, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) Work-in-Progress Committee, August 2012 - 2014
  • Review Coordinator and Session ChairASME DETC: International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM), November 2012 - August 2013
  • Committee Member, DCC'14: Sixth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, March 2013 - July 2013
  • Co-Developer and Co-OrganizerUS-Morocco-Tunisia Two-Day Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Engineering Education, November 2012 - March 2013
  • Co-Developer and Co-OrganizerUS-Morocco-Tunisia Two-Day Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Engineering Education, November 2012 - March 2013
  • Committee Member, ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI) Work-in-progress committee, January 2012 - August 2012
  • Session ChairDesign Spine Session, American Society of Engineering Education Conference, July 2012 - July 2012
  • Panelist, Incorporating Human-Systems Integration Instruction in the Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum, November 2012 - November 2012
  • Co-Developer and Co-OrganizerUS-Morocco-Tunisia Two-Day Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, November 2011 - July 2012
  • Co-Developer and Co-OrganizerUS-Morocco-Tunisia Two-Day Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, November 2011 - March 2012
  • Member, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), October 2017
  • Program ChairProgram Chair Chair, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), October 2018
 


 

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