Lincoln Electric’s Duane Miller Receives AISC’s Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Exce...

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29 March 2016

Lincoln Electric’s Duane Miller Receives AISC’s Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence

Honor recognizes notable contributions to the steel construction industry

Duane Miller, manager, Engineering Services and welding design consultant with Lincoln Electric

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Cleveland – Duane Miller, manager, Engineering Services and welding design consultant with Lincoln Electric has been announced as the recipient of the Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
AISC presents this award on a selective basis, giving special recognition to individuals who have provided “unparalleled leadership in the steel construction industry.” Miller will be honored at the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 13-15, in Orlando. He is the eighth recipient of this award.
“This prestigious award honors those who, through their leadership, have had an outstanding impact on advancing the use of structural steel in the construction industry,” said AISC President Roger E. Ferch.
Miller, a recognized authority on the design and performance of welded connections, cites Lincoln Electric as the true leader in the steel construction industry.
“I’m honored to be recognized by AISC,” Miller said. “Many years ago, J.F. Lincoln recognized the best way to grow his company was to promote the use of welding, and that required that the process be dependable, economical and safe to use. Because of his vision, and the ongoing commitment of the company, I’ve been able to carry this message to the steel construction industry in recent years. Ultimately, I see this award as recognizing Lincoln Electric’s leadership in welding and as a partner in the steel construction industry.”
As Miller reflected on Robert P. Stupp, after whom the award is named, he said, “I worked with Bob on various committees that promoted the use of steel bridges. His passion for the steel bridge industry was unmatched, and he was an undisputed leader in the steel construction industry. While our leadership styles were quite different, we shared a common passion for steel construction. It is special to receive this award named in his honor and memory.”
In 2005, Miller received AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2013, AWS’ George E. Willis Award for his work in advancing welding internationally. He was named an AWS Fellow in 2015.
A popular speaker on the subject of welded connections, Miller has lectured on the topic worldwide. He publishes frequently and has received, upon three occasions, the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Silver Quill Award for excellence in published work. He also received AISC’s T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award in 2001. That award recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical papers are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature.
He has authored and co-authored text and chapters of many handbooks, including the AISC Design Guide on Welding and the Mark’s Handbook of Engineering, 11th Edition. He has appeared as a subject-matter expert on the History Channel and Discovery Channel.
Miller is the immediate past Chair of the AWS D1 Structural Welding Code Committee. He was the first Chair of the Seismic Welding Subcommittee and is a former co-chair of the AASHTO-AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code Committee. His current technical involvement includes membership on the AWS D1 committee, the AWS Technical Activities Committee, and the AISC Specification Committee. He is a professional engineer, certified welding inspector and qualified welder.
Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, a Master of Science in Materials Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from LeTourneau University in 1997. He joined Lincoln Electric in 1978.
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Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at
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