Robert Mills


Communication Specialist, InTrans




About Robert

MrMills is a communications specialist with the Institute for Transportation. His responsibilities include technical writing and report editing for the InTrans publications group. He has been with Iowa State University, working in various positions, since 1999. He also continues to serve ISU’s Bioeconomy Institute as their communications and marketing coordinator, a position he has held since 2012.  


  • BSEngineering Operations (emphasis in Journalism), Iowa State University   

Professional Experience

  • Communications Specialist, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, 2018–present
    • Primary responsibilities include technical writing and report editing
    • Work on various other communications-based projects as needed, such as video development
  • Communications & MarketingBioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University, 2012–present 
    • Management: Planned communications and marketing efforts and managed student interns
    • Publications: Wrote articles for print and web; created flyers, infographics, and email newsletters; edited technical articles
    • Events: Coordinated legislative meetings and technical conferences and created exhibits for conferences
    • Web: Maintained four websites, which were designed/redesigned for improved usability and to leverage University style
  • Social media: Doubled Twitter followers, launched Facebook account, kept Vimeo and YouTube channels updated
    • Videos: Produced videos to highlight research efforts and made informational videos
    • Other: Curated annual art competition
  • Communications SpecialistInstitute for Physical Research and TechnologyIowa State University, 1999–2012 
    • Management: Developed and executed communications plan/managed budget
    • Publications: Created, produced, and distributed email newsletter; wrote news releases
    • Events: Created displays and posters for various marketing, educational, and outreach events
    • Website: Designed and maintained websites, including sites optimized for mobile devices
    • Social Media: Initiated social media presence
  • Editor-in-ChiefComputer-Aided Engineering (Penton)1993–1999 
    • Management: Set editorial direction and managed editorial staff and budget of $250,000
    • Writing: Wrote editorials, feature articles, and news items. Interviewed experts and executives
    • Digital: Developed website for magazine; first in company
    • Events: Founded and managed annual conference series