Brigadier General (Retired), USAF
Chairman, Board of Managers
Viziv Technologies, LLC
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Miller serves as the Chairman of Viziv Technologies’ Board of Managers. General Miller has been with Viziv since its inception in 2013. He served as CEO at Viziv six years before taking on the responsibilities of Chairman.
General Miller earned a Ph.D. in Management from Walden University (2011), a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air University, an MBA from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of New Orleans. Miller also attended the 2010 CAPSTONE General/Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC and is a 2003 Fellow, Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
General Miller retired from the Air Force after 28 years of military service. The first 6 years of his career he was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch Officer and spent the remaining 22 years in the healthcare administration arena. He directed strategic planning for a global organization of 40,000 personnel with an annual budget of almost $6 billion. General Miller was an Air Force Corporate Board Member where he helped develop funding strategies for AF mission and personnel capabilities to meet war fighting requirements and developed recommendations for the Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff for the $150 billion annual budget. His career culminated as the Assistant Surgeon General, Strategic Medical Plans, Programs and Budget and Chief, Medical Service Corps. He is an inventor, experienced conference speaker, educator and problem-solver.
Dr. Schantz is Principal Scientist of Geeks and Nerds (GaN) Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. He was a co-founder and CTO of Q-Track Corporation until its acquisition by GaN in 2019. He co-invented Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging NFER® technology which uses low-frequency, near-field wireless to deliver sub-meter location in complicated industrial settings. Dr. Schantz is also an inventor on more than forty U.S. patents including RF systems, RF-based location systems, and some of the first commercial ultrawideband (UWB) antennas. He is the author of The Art and Science of Ultrawideband Antennas. Schantz earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Physics from Purdue University.
John Fitch, a Rice-trained astrophysicist and engineer, founded Birkeland Current in 2009 after a 20-year career in the space science and aerospace industries that included top-level technical leadership positions on two major NASA-funded astronomy projects: the now-legendary Hubble Space Telescope and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). It was experience gained on those and many other difficult projects that taught Fitch how to resolve near-impossible challenges and quickly carry an idea through the early stages of development. John also played a key role in the high-altitude certification testing of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Turbofan Jet Engine that now powers the Boeing Dreamliner.
Dr. Dittmann was an undergraduate at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a second Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Duke University in 1998, and for several years was a Leon M. Lederman Fellow at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. Dr. Dittmann joined the faculty at Baylor University in 2003, where he continues to perform research in experimental high energy physics.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Dittmann gained research experience by participating for two summers in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Michigan State University, where he worked at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. He also performed research with the MEGA Collaboration at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility in New Mexico.
Dr. Dittmann is engaged in experimental elementary particle physics, the science of the fundamental nature of matter and energy. As a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration, he investigates the properties of particles produced in proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. He was involved in the search for and discovery of the infamous Higgs boson, one of the most exciting discoveries of particle physics. In addition, Dr. Dittmann is interested in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and other searches for new phenomena.