Marlin H. Mickle
University of Pittsburgh Professor Dr. Marlin Mickle retired in 2013 concluding an illustrious career of more than fifty years with the Swanson School of Engineering in his primary appointment as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Marlin H. Mickle, recognized as a pioneering expert in the application of radio frequency energy waves, founded and directed Pitt’s RFID Center of Excellence recognized as one of the top three research facilities in the world. Throughout his career he received numerous local, national, and international awards for his research and innovation. He was most proud of his reputation as a gifted teacher who mentored hundreds of graduate students who remember him with enormous respect, gratitude, and affection.
In his personal life he enjoyed music, played the organ, and the drums. During his all too brief retirement he attended classical concerts, piano and voice recitals, and opera performances. He took special delight in Pittsburgh Festival Opera's Mildred Miller International Voice Competitions not only because of Mildred's connection to the University of Pittsburgh, but also because of his appreciation toward the incredible opportunity the event provides talented and ambitious students. He enjoyed attending Pittsburgh Festival Opera galas where he danced with Mildred Miller, someone he had admired for many years.
It is my pleasure to establish this modest Marlin H. Mickle Scholarship not only to honor my late husband but also to show my appreciation for the talent, charm, dedication, and generosity of Opera Theatre Grande Dame Mildred Miller.