Montana State University

Daniel A. Miller II, Ph.D.

Daniel A. Miller II, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-6118
Email dan.miller@coe.montana.edu

Professional Preparation

Montana State University Engineering, Applied Mechanics   Ph.D. (2002)
Air Force Institute of Technology Aeronautical Engineering   M.S. (1993)
Montana State University Mechanical Engineering B.S. (1987)

Appointments

(Academic)

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Montana State University (2008-Present)
Associate Professor, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (2004 ‑ 2006)
Assistant Professor, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (2002 ‑ 2004)
Assistant Professor, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (1998 ‑ 1999)
Instructor, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (1996 ‑ 1998)

(Administrative)

Commander, 718th Test Squadron, Arnold Engineering Development Center, TN (2006 - 2008)
Deputy Head, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (2004 - 2006)
Systems Division Chief, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (2002 -2004)
Director of Labs, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (1998 - 1999)
Program Manager, Ground Based Laser Lethality, Air Force Research Lab (1994 - 1996)
Peacekeeper Program Systems Engineer, Air Force Ballistic Systems Division (1988-1992) 

(Research)

Chair, Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility Management Committee (2008-Present)
Director, Falcon Launch Sounding Rocket Research Program, Space Systems Research Center, US Air Force Academy (2002 - 2005)
Program Manager/Chief Engineer, FalconSAT-3 Small Satellite Research Program, Space Systems Research Center, US Air Force Academy (2002 - 2006)
Graduate Research, Cold regions emphasis area, Montana State University (1999 - 2002)
Chief Engineer, FalconSAT and Falcon Gold Small Satellite Research Programs, US Air Force Academy (1997 - 1999)
Research Director, Department of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy (1996 - 1998)

Awards

2006 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching US Professor of the Year, Colorado
2006 US Air Force Science and Engineering Research Manager of the Year
2005 American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineer of the Year, Rocky Mountain Section
2003 Gen John P. Wittry Award for Outstanding Instructor in Engineering Design, US Air Force Academy
1999 Outstanding Instructor of Astronautics, US Air Force Academy
Numerous military awards and decorations

Professional and Honor Society Membership

American Avalanche Association – Professional Status
International Society of Explosives Engineers
     Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau

Department, College and University Committees

University

  • Strategic Planning Committee (2010-12)
  • Faculty Affairs Committee (2013-Present)
  • MSU Veteran Advisory Board (2013-Present)
  • Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (DEAL) 2013-2014 cohort
  • Gallatin College Steering Committee (2013-Present)
  • MSU Billings Faculty Search Committee (2013)
  • Accelerated Degree Completion Task Force (2013-Present)
  • Graduate committee member: Robyn Wooldridge (MS candidate), Martin Larsen (PhD candidate), Trista Vick-Majors (PhD candidate)
  • Montana Space Grant Consortium NASA Proposal Review Panel (2009, 2013)

College

College of Engineering PhD Advisory Committee (Applied Mechanics Rep)
               - Graduate committee member: Richard Shertzer (PhD candidate), Patrick Staron (PhD candidate), David Walters (PhD candidate), Katherine Retzloff (MS candidate), Patricia Curley (MS candidate)
               - College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Selection Committee

Department

  • Faculty Senate Representative
  • Engineering Mechanics representative on Curriculum Committee
  • Engineering Mechanics Textbook Committee Chair
  • Laboratory Technician Search Committee
  • Structures Faculty Search Committee
  • Graduate committee member: David Walters (MS candidate)
  • Construction Engineering Technology Academic Advisor
  • Subzero Science & Engineering Research Facility Management Committee

Courses Taught at Montana State University


Course

Title

Semester Enrollment

F08

S09

F09

S10

F10

S11

F11

S12

Su12

F12

S13

Su13

F13

EM 251

Statics & Particle Dynamics*

114

 

146

 

127

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EM 252

Rigid Body
Dynamics*

 

101

 

101

 

109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EGEN 201

Statics (3cr)*

 

 

 

 

 

 

140

 

 

157

 

 

210

EGEN 202

Dynamics*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

118

19

 

154

26

 

EGEN 221

Honors Statics

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

18

 

 

 

* Two sections of each course taught each semester. Each course is 3 credits resulting in 4638 total student credit hours

Courses Taught at the US Air Force Academy

Astro 410 Introduction to Astronautics (6 sections)
Astro 320 Intro to Astronautics for the Scientist & Engineer (course director, 4 sections)
Astro 310 Introduction to Astronautics (1 section)
Astro 491 Senior Thesis and Research (course director, 12 sections, mentor)
Astro 445 Space Vehicle Attitude Dynamics and Control (course director, 3 sections)
Astro 452 Rocket Engineering I (course director, 4 sections)
Astro 453 Rocket Engineering II (course director, 4 sections)
Astro 436 Small Satellite Engineering I (4 sections, mentor)
Astro 437 Small Satellite Engineering II (4 sections, mentor)
Astro 436Z Small Spacecraft Engineering I (course director, 1section)
Engr 410 Engineering Systems Design (4 sections)
Engr 433 Small Satellite Design I (3 sections, mentor)
Engr 434 Small Satellite Design II (3 sections, mentor)
Engr 402 Professional Engineering Development (team teach 1 section)
Engr 341 Linear Systems and Analysis (2 sections)
Engr 342 Linear Control System Analysis and Design (2 sections)
Engr 100 Introduction to Engineering (1 section)
EngrMech 320 Dynamics (1 section)

Invited Presentations

Miller, D.A., “Measurements of explosives placements and snowpack response”, Southwest Montana Avalanche Seminar, Bridger Bowl, MT, November 2011

Miller, D.A., “Explosives and snowpack interaction”, Sierra Avalanche Center Professional Development Workshop, Sierra Nevada Avalanche Center, Lake Tahoe, CA, April 2011

Miller, D.A., “Explosives and the snowpack: current research and findings”, Post-Control Release and Surprise Avalanche Professional Development Workshop, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Bozeman, MT, March 2011

Miller, D.A., “Explosives and Snow Interaction Study: A new test and analysis program”, 2010 Southwest Montana Avalanche Seminar, Big Sky, MT, November 2010

Miller, D.A., “MSU’s Explosives and Snow Interaction Study: A new test and analysis program”, 2010 Avalanche Artillery Users of North America Committee, Seattle, WA, May 2010

Miller, D.A., “Explosives and snow interaction”, Avalanche Hazard Reduction and Post Control and/or Surprise Avalanches Seminar, Leadville, CO, March 2010

Miller, D.A., “Explosive Avalanche Control Research at MSU”, 2009 Southwest Montana Ski Patrol Professional Development Seminar, Bozeman, MT, November 2009

Miller, D.A., “Recent advances in explosive avalanche control research”, 2009 Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop, Leadville, CO, October 2009

Miller, D.A., Conference Keynote Speaker: 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Northwest Regional Student Conference, Carroll College, MT, April 2009

Miller, D.A., “Explosives in avalanche control:  Can we improve effectiveness?”, 2009 Pacific Northwest Avalanche Control Conference, Mt Hood Meadows, OR, March 2009

Refereed Publications (chronological)

Bones, J. and D.A. Miller, “An experimental investigation of snowpack response to avalanche control explosives”, Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, In preparation (2014)

Stanton, B., D.A. Miller, J. Shaw and E.E. Adams, “An experimental investigation of visible bidirectional reflectance of rounded snow grains and surface hoar”, Journal of Glaciology, In preparation (2014)

LeBaron, A.M., D.A. Miller and A. van Herwijnen, “Measurements of the deformation zone around a semicylindrical snow micropenetrometer tip”, Cold Regions Science and Technology, Vol 97, 90-96 (2014)

Staron, P.J., E.E. Adams and D.A. Miller, “Thermal optimization of snow microstructure through kinetic metamorphism”, Cold Regions Science and Technology, Vol 97, 60-71 (2014)

van Herwijnen, A. and D.A. Miller, “Experimental and numerical investigation of the sintering rate of snow”, Journal of Glaciology, Vol 59, No 214, 269-274 (2013)

Bones, J., D.A. Miller and R. Larson, “Exploring the effectiveness of explosives for avalanche control”, International Society of Explosives Engineers 38th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique,  Nashville, TN (2012)

Miller, D.A., R.G. Tichota and E.E. Adams, “Studying snow’s response to explosive airblast during avalanche control using an explicit numerical model”, Cold Regions Science and Technology, Vol 69, 156-164 (2011)

Adams, E.E., A.E. Slaughter, L. McKittrick, and D.A. Miller, “Local terrain topography and thermal properties influence on energy and mass balance of a snowcover”, Annals of Glaciology, Vol 58, 169 – 174 (2011)

Miller, D.A. and E.E. Adams, “A microstructural dry-snow metamorphism model for kinetic crystal growth”, Journal of Glaciology, Vol 55, No. 194, 1003 – 1011 (2009)

Miller, D.A., E.E. Adams, and B.W Gunnink, “Montana State University’s Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility: New interdisciplinary cold regions research laboratories”, ASCE 14th Conference on Cold Regions Engineering Proceedings, Duluth, MN, August 30 – September 2, 2009

Miller D.A., E.E. Adams and R.L. Brown, “A microstructural approach to predict dry snow metamorphism in generalized thermal conditions”, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 37, 213 – 226 (2003)

Miller D.A., E.E. Adams, D.S. Schmidt and R.L. Brown, “Preliminary experimental evidence of heating at the running surface of avalanching snow”, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 37, 421-427 (2003)

Adams, E. E. and D. A. Miller, “Ice Crystals grown from vapor onto an oriented substrate: Application to snow depth hoar development and gas inclusions in lake ice”, Journal of Glaciology, Vol 49, No 164 (2003)

Adams, E.E., D.A. Miller and R.L. Brown. "Grain boundary ridge on sintered bonds between ice crystals",  Journal of Applied Physics, Vol 90, Number 11 (2001)

Miller, D.A. and A.N. Palazatto “Nonlinear finite element analysis of composite beams and arches using a large rotation theory”, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 19, 131-152 (1995)

Conference Papers (abstract reviewed, chronological)

Miller D.A., B. Stanton and E.E. Adams, “Laboratory growth and visible bi-directional reflectance factor of surface hoar”, Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA 2013, Davos, Switzerland, July, 2013

Miller D.A., B. Stanton and E.E. Adams, “Visible bidirectional-reflectance measurements for rounded grains and surface hoar snow crystal morphologies”, Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA 2013, Davos, Switzerland, July, 2013

Wooldridge, R., Hendrikx, J., D.A. Miller and K. Birkeland, “The Effects of Explosives on Select Snow Properties”, 2012 Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop, Leadville, CO, October 2012

Stanton, B., D.A. Miller and E.E. Adams, “Analysis of Surface Hoar Growth Under Simulated Meteorological Conditions”, International Snow Science Workshop, Anchorage, AK, September 2012

Bones, J., D.A. Miller, S. Savage, “An experimental dynamic response study of hard slab seasonal snow to explosive avalanche hazard mitigation”, International Snow Science Workshop, Anchorage, AK, September 2012

Staron, P.J., E.E. Adams and D.A. Miller, “Formation of depth hoar resulting from thermal optimization of snow microstructure”, International Snow Science Workshop, Anchorage, AK, September 2012

Wooldridge,R., Hendrikx, J., D.A. Miller and K. Birkeland, “The Effects of Explosives on the Physical Properties of Snow”, International Snow Science Workshop, Anchorage, AK, September 2012

LeBaron, A. M., D.A. Miller and A. van Herwijnen, “Axisymmetric measurements of extended deformation around the snow micropenetrometer tip”, International Snow Science Workshop, Anchorage, AK, September 2012

Miller, D.A., R.G. Tichota and E.E. Adams, “An explicit nonlinear numerical model of explosive airblast on snow and implications for avalanche control”, International Snow Science Workshop, Lake Tahoe, CA, October 2010

Tichota, R.G., D.A. Miller, R. Larson and D. Richmond, “An experimental investigation of explosives and snowpack dynamic response”, International Snow Science Workshop, Lake Tahoe, CA, October 2010

Adams, E.E. A.E. Slaughter, L. McKittrick and D.A. Miller,Local Terrain Topography and Thermal Properties Influence on Energy and Mass Balance”, International Glaciological Society Symposium on Snow, Ice and Humanity in a Changing Climate. Sapporo, Japan. 21 – 27 June 2010

Adams, E., L. McKittrick, A. Slaughter, P. Staron, R. Shertzer, D. Miller, T. Leonard, D. McCabe, I. Henninger, D. Catharine, M. Cooperstein and K. Laveck, “Modeling variation of surface hoar and radiation recrystallization across a slope”, International Snow Science Workshop, Davos, Switzerland, October 2009

Slaughter, A.E., Adams, E.E. and Miller, D.A. “Modeling and Measurements Dealing with Near Surface Snow, Inland Northwest Research Alliance, Lessons from Continuity and Change in the Fourth International Polar Year, Fairbanks, AK, March 2009

Adams, E.E., A.E. Slaughter and D.A. Miller, “Energy balance coupling in near surface snow metamorphism”, Inland Northwest Research Alliance, Lessons from Continuity and Change in the Fourth International Polar Year Symposium, Fairbanks, AK, March 2009

Siegenthaler, K. E., T. J. Lawrence, D. A. Miller, D. E. Swanson, M. J. Meerman,  D. J. Barnhart, M. Geoff. McHarg, and J. White “Nurturing Our Satellite Space Workforce at the United States Air Force Academy,” AIAA-2005-6779, AIAA Space 2005 Conference, Long Beach, CA, August 30 -1 September, 2005

Siegenthaler, K. E., T. J. Lawrence, D. A. Miller, R. A. Sandfry, M. J. Meerman, G. E. Yale, and T. B. Joslyn “Nurturing Our Rocket Space Workforce at the United States Air Force Academy,”, AIAA-2005-6780,  AIAA Space 2005 Conference, Long Beach, CA, August 30 -1 September, 2005

Siegenthaler, K. E., J.J. Sellers, D.A. Miller, T.J. Lawrence, D.J. Richie, and D.J. Barnhart “The undergraduate satellite and rocket design, fabrication, and launch program at the US Air Force Academy”, International Symposium IGIP/IEEE/ASEE 2004, Fribourg, Switzerland, September 2004

Adams, E.E. and D.A. Miller, Bond and Crystal Growth in a Snowpack”, American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 2002

Adams, E. E. and D. A. Miller, “Morphology of crystal growth and grain bonding in snow”, International Snow Science Workshop, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, October 2002

Miller D.A., E.E. Adams and R.L. Brown, “A microstructural approach to predict dry snow metamorphism in generalized thermal conditions”, International Snow Science Workshop, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, October 2002

Miller, D.A., E.E. Adams. D.S. Schmidt and R.L. Brown, “Frictional heating of avalanching snow and sintering analysis of avalanche debris”, International Snow Science Workshop, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, October 2002

Technical Reports

Miller D.A., “Micro x-ray CT Scanner with Cold Adaptation and Material Test Capability for the Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility”, Final Report to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, August 2012, 13pp.

Miller, D.A., A.E. Slaughter and B.T. Stanton, “Snow Near Surface Morphologies and Influence on Solar Albedo”, Final Report for Montana Space Grant Consortium Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation, Grant 4W2994, August 2011, 31 pp.

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