Dr. Patrick M. Miller

The Man, the Company he founded, and the Legacy he leaves.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Patrick Michael Miller, President of MGA Research Corporation. Patrick passed away on December 19, 2022, surrounded by his family (funeral home obituary link).  

The Man

Pat was born June 2, 1936, on a farm in northern Michigan. His lifelong pursuit of education began by walking two miles to a one-room schoolhouse. That was just the start of his path to further his education. In 1957 he received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He continued his education at Michigan State with a Master’s in Applied Mechanics (1960), and then a PhD for Applied Mechanics (1966).

Pat married his beloved wife Dee on December 28, 1957, and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage – a testament to his vows. His family grew with three daughters and a son. He was the proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pat was deeply loved by his family and friends.

Outside of MGA, Pat had many achievements in the field of auto safety and research:

  • Groundbreaking auto safety articles in Motor Trend and Scientific American
  • Lead Engineer for development of the Research Safety Vehicle with the NHTSA
  • Congressional testimony pertaining to future auto safety legislation
  • Served on advisory boards for the Michigan State University Engineering College (MSU Obituary Link)
  • Received MSU distinguished alumni award
  • Established MGA Research Corporation Endowed Fund for Entrepreneurship in the field of Engineering at MSU


The Company

Three founders, including Pat, all living near Buffalo, New York, chose to start a company (MGA Research Corporation) in early 1977.  Office space was rented to begin a modest safety consulting business. The infamous “Buffalo Blizzard of 77” paralyzed the region for several weeks which created particular hardships for a business start-up. Pat later said, “it probably was for the best as it quickly prepared us for how to accept a challenge.”

The company continued to accept the challenge under Pat’s direction with rapid growth and laboratory build-outs’ in regions that were important to MGA customers.  At present, MGA offers services throughout a network of 12 laboratories located in 9 locations in North America.

The company has grown to be a leader in testing services and equipment including automotive, aerospace, aircraft, electrification, and commercial designs. What started as a 3-person endeavor has increased to over 250 highly dedicated associates working collaboratively together as one team.

From the beginning, the principles Pat instilled when he started the company still exist today as guides to success. Commitment to associate advancement, building a widespread customer base, developing leadership skills, and fostering a pro-growth, collaborative team are all hallmarks of MGA’s culture .


The Legacy

Pat had exceptional integrity and a strong work ethic. His long-term commitment to his associates, customers, and vendors and his belief that they were all integral to his personal and the company’s success is what endures.  Pat led and mentored with wisdom and inspiration. Since he began MGA, he personally wrote a monthly column in the MGA Newsletter called “Touching Base.” The inspirational content  is as relevant today as it was when he launched MGA.

His thoughts on leadership were physically displayed in each conference room at MGA highlighting his favorite quotes.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”                                                                                                                               Benjamin Franklin


“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”                                                                                                                                    George Orwell

Pat, we will miss you, but we will strive to carry on your legacy, by our bootstraps, for years to come.

Pat the Man                 June 2, 1936 – December 19, 2022

Pat the Company         January 1977 to present

Pat the Legacy             Forever


Three generations of the Miller family are Spartan loyal. Pat, Max, Dee, and Michael enjoyed Grandparents University a few years ago.