Mr. Samuel Miller

Mr. Samuel Miller

Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship & Concurrent Faculty
at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Sam Miller is the Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship and Concurrent Associate Professional Specialist in the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Miller’s expertise is in product development, strategy, and innovation.  Miller has been engaged in supporting corporate strategy and innovation pipeline consulting in a variety of sectors, helping companies understand and implement strategic foresight initiatives

Professor Miller is a member of the Notre Dame team that developed and launched pioneering course work in strategic foresight. The course is an in-depth exploration of major emerging challenges, including sustainability, population growth, climate change, and issues caused by changing demographics. Student teams are required to conduct an in-depth analysis of a specific topic to assess change, trends, expected and alternative futures, and business implications for achieving positive outcomes. As part of ND-GAIN, Miller helps the team keep any eye towards emerging sustainability issues and trends.

Miller holds a Master of Science in Product Development Engineering from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois. He has taught course work in Innovation and Sustainability at Indiana University and serves on the faculty of the Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society, is a LEED Accredited Professional and has been a frequent speaker on sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Mendoza faculty, Sam served as Vice President of Strategy for JFNew, a leading ecological consulting firm. In this capacity he led innovation and strategic initiatives for this firm of over 100 ecological scientists, helping craft multiple breakthrough strategic business line launches. In 2009, Sam was recognized as one of "21 People Who Will Change Business" by BusinessWeek.