Notable Alumni

Maria (Walker) Bennett

Maria (Walker) Bennett

Bennett graduated from Miami in 1995 with a B.S. in Engineering Management. Now, she is the president, CEO and founder of SPR Therapeutics, helping improve the lives of individuals who suffer from pain by using peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) platform technology.

Before founding SPR Therapeutics, Bennett was Vice President of Clinical Affairs at NDI Medical (a medical supply store), Clinical Project Manager at Boston Scientific, and Clinical Studies Manager at NeuroControl Corporation.

"Because of my previous experience, I’m able to provide vision and strategy for the company," Bennet said in an interview.

Scott Berkey

Scott Berkey

Berkey graduated from Miami in 1978 with a B.S. in Systems Analysis. He is now Senior Vice President of Sciences and Simulation at Dassault Systèmes, a company that is working toward harmonizing different aspects of life.

"We consider ourselves a scientific company. That's our heritage, because we think about combining science, technology and art for a sustainable society," Berkey said to Forbes about Dassault.

Prior to his time at Dassault Systèmes, Berkey was CEO of Axentis, providing Software as a Service (SaaS) to over 600,000 users in the F500.

Lynn Good

Lynn Good

Good graduated from Miami in 1981 with a B.S. in Systems Analysis. Now, she is the president and CEO of Duke Energy, one of the United States’ largest energy companies. Under her leadership, Duke’s focus has shifted to creating cleaner, smarter energy while serving customers and communities.

Prior to starting at Duke, Good worked at Cinergy in Cincinnati. Before that, she was a partner at two international accounting firms, including one of the “Big Five,” Arthur Andersen.

Forbes magazine calls Good one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women," and Fortune magazine lists her as 19th among the "Most Powerful Women in Business."

Lindsey McMillan-Brown

Lyndsey McMillon-Brown, PhD

McMillon-Brown graduated from Miami in 2013 with a B.S. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Now, she is a Research Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center. Here, her work is focused on making solar cells more efficient, affordable and durable for space applications. She is currently leading a team of 6 researchers in a 2.5 million dollar effort to develop a new class of solar cells that can be manufactured in space and on the moon.

Before accepting her current position at NASA, McMillon-Brown completed a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Yale University. At Yale, her research focused on cutting-edge material design for making solar cells more efficient at generating electricity by absorbing sunlight. Lyndsey also combined carbon nanotube thin films with ultra-thin silicon to develop a new class of thin, flexible, high efficiency solar cells towards the development of bendable electronic devices. While at Miami, she held co-ops at NASA and Johnson & Johnson.

McMillon-Brown is a recipient of the Miami University 18 of the last 9 Young alumni award, and she is a member of Miami's Women's Advisory Committee. "As a woman that has traversed part of [the career] path...it's helpful to also share those unique insights with young women coming up in the field," she says.

Dwight Merriman

Dwight Merriman

Merriman graduated from Miami in 1989 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He is now the co-founder of MongoDB, a general-purpose database used by millions of developers to power products and services like Verizon, EA, Google and more. He is also Chairman of AlleyCorp, an organization that founds and funds companies in New York.

Prior to his current positions, Merriman was the CTO and co-founder of DoubleClick, a company that developed and provided Internet ad serving services (now owned by Google).

Brian Niccol

Brian Niccol

Niccol graduated from Miami in 1996 with a B.S. in Engineering Management. He is now the chairman and CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, one of the most popular chain restaurants in America.

Prior to his career at Chipotle, Niccol worked in leadership positions at other restaurants, including as the CEO of Taco Bell. Before that, he spent many years with Procter & Gamble.

In 2019, Niccol was named "Businessperson of the Year" by Fortune magazine and "2020 Restaurant Leader of the Year" by Restaurant Business magazine

"I love to lead with some intuition, and love to lead with using analytics to inform that intuition," he told Restaurant Business.

Dinesh Paliwal

Dinesh Paliwal

Paliwal graduated from Miami in 1984 with an M.S. in Paper Science and Engineering. He is the past president and CEO of Harman, a Samsung Company, where their mission is "to make life more connected, entertaining, personalized and productive."

Before working at Harman, Paliwal was the president of ABB, an automation company that has been a Fortune 500 company for over two decades. Now, Paliwal is on the Board of Directors for Nestlé and Bristol Myers Squibb, and is a lead independent director at Raytheon Technologies.

GadetsNow recently listed him as one of the twelve most-important Indian origin tech executives in the world. 

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Smith graduated from Miami in 1984 with a B.S. in Systems Analysis. Now, he is EVP and COO at WorldFuelServices, delivering trusted energy solutions to 200 countries. Their services include catering to the energy needs of commercial, industrial, and land transportation customers.

Before his time at WorldFuelServices, Smith was the Chief Information Officer at IBM and CEO of Suncorp Business Services, among other positions.

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis (MU '99 in Manufacturing Engineering) is Co-Founder and CEO at COhatch. Earlier this year, Columbus Business First (CBF) earlier this year, the publication named Matt to its 2021 Power 100 List of the 100 people making the most impact on the Columbus region. Last year, CBF ranked Matt and his team No. 1 as the fastest-growing company in Central Ohio in the publication's Fast 50 2020 List, and in August, COhatch was named to was named to Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 List of the fastest-growing private companies in America for 2021 at No. 735 with a growth rate of 669% over the previous three years.

Tsavo Knott

Tsavo Knott

Tsavo Knott (MU '19 in Game and Interactive Media Design and Computer Science) is Co-Founder and CEO at Pieces.app, a venture-backed startup based in the OTR in Cincinnati with a first-of-its-kind productivity platform that enables professional creators—developers and designers initially—to save, store and share code snippets, links, raw text, screenshots, images, design layers and more with a simple copy and paste or right-click. In September, Tsavo was one of five people named to Cincy Inno's 2021 "Five Under 25" Innovators to Watch List for Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.