Diane G. Miller

Honorary Degrees


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona​

The digital world can be a precarious place, but Diane G. Miller is committed to meeting the constantly evolving cyber threat for generations to come.

Ms. Miller, director of Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development at Northrop Grumman, understands that long-term solutions lie not in a small cadre of experts, but in a deep and diverse pool of talent, and she has worked tirelessly to cultivate future cyber professionals. She is the leading voice for CyberPatriot, conceived by the Air Force Association and embraced by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, which promotes cyber literacy starting in kindergarten, cyber defense competitions in middle and high school, cyber camps and a literature series. She also leads CyberPatriot’s global expansion, with programs in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Her commitment extends to higher education, where she assists in developing curricula, offering internships, and forging effective and productive relationships between academia, government and industry. At Cal Poly Pomona, Northrop Grumman has provided resources for research in the Cyber Physical Systems Laboratory and helped the College of Business Administration and College of Science create a student-led Cyber Security Operations Center.

Because the issues are global, the challenges are complex, and the stakes are high, Ms. Miller is resolved to not leave anyone behind who exhibits an interest in the field.

Ms. Miller’s roots in the world of cybersecurity run deep. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems at Cal Poly Pomona and went on to receive a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She has forged a distinguished career at Northrop Grumman and is an internationally recognized speaker on the need to educate and develop a diverse and highly talented cyber workforce pipeline.

She has received numerous honors, including one for Exceptional Leadership in Industry by The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has honored her as a Global Influential Leader, and in 2018, the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona named her its Distinguished Alumna of the Year.

In recognition of her distinguished career, her longtime advocacy for diversity across STEM disciplines and particularly in the cyber realm, her role in shaping the national conversation about cybersecurity, and her commitment to her alma mater in preparing the next generation of cyber professionals, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, are proud to confer upon Diane G. Miller the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.