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04/13/92

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Engineering student wins $5,000 from Recording for the Blind

STANFORD -- Stanford student John Andrew Miller, a senior in electrical engineering from Omaha, Neb., has received the 1992 Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award from Recording for the Blind.

Miller was one of three outstanding blind college seniors chosen nationally for the $5,000 scholarship, which will be presented at a ceremony in Princeton, N.J., this May. The award recognizes extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise and service to others.

During his time at Stanford, Miller has built up a 3.85 grade point average. He is vice president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society at Stanford, a student undergraduate research fellow, a campus accessibility facilitator, a member of the Disabled Students of Stanford, and a member of the Student Leadership Summit.

His previous honors include the Johns Hopkins National Computing Merit Award and a scholarship from the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is also an Eagle Scout.

"The contributions I make to electrical engineering will tell about me as certainly as does the music I perform," said Miller, who studies piano.

"Just as I color my musical performances with how I feel about music, so I hope my research in digital systems will express my personal beliefs. I intend that the research I do in these fields will directly help people."

Miller, who has been totally blind since the age of 3 as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, plans to become a professor and research group leader.

Recording for the Blind serves people who cannot read standard print because of a physical, perceptual or visual disability by providing educational materials in accessible formats. More than 4,800 volunteers working in 31 recording studios across the country provide materials for more than 27,000 borrowers in the United States and throughout the world.

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