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David Miller, PhD, PE
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
220 Roberts
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173800
Bozeman, MT 59717-3800

Tel: (406) 994-6285
Fax: (406) 994-6292
dmiller@me.montana.edu

David Miller, PhD, PE

Vita

Dr. David A. Miller
Associate Professor
Montana State University
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
220 Roberts Hall, Box 173800
Bozeman, MT 59717-3800
406/994-6285
dmiller@me.montana.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, Dec. 1999
        Dissertation: “Thermomechanical Characterization of Plastic Deformation and Transformation Fatigue in NiTi Shape Memory Alloys”,     
    Advisor: Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, May 1995
        Thesis: “Influence of Heat Treatment on the Mechanical Properties and Damage Development in a SiC/Ti-15-3 MMC” 
    Advisor: Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, May 1992

Professional Registration:

Professional Engineer: Mechanical Engineering- Montana License # 19592.

Research Focus:

  • Experimental Mechanics of Materials with emphasis on strength and damage, high strain
    rate deformation and active materials.
  • Smart Structures with focus on shape memory alloys (SMAs) and piezoelectric macrofiber
    composites (MFCs).
  • Modeling and simulation of coupled field structures such as MFCs and opto-thermalmechanical
    systems (e.g. Nd:YAG laser components).

Teaching Focus:

  • Mechanical Engineering topics in strength of materials, machine design, smart structures
    and advanced composites.
  • Retention of students through the freshman and sophomore basic engineering and math
    courses.
  • Active and collaborative learning techniques.
  • Technology-enabled learning and analysis.
  • Teaching and utilizing student teams in the classroom.
  • Bringing advanced research topics into the undergraduate classroom.

Recent Research and Grants:

  • MSGC Research Initiation Grant, Thermo-Mechanical Characterization of Shape
    Memory Alloys, 2008.
  • Los Alamos National Lab Contract, Support for the Science-Based Prediction and
    Control of Complex Manufacturing Processes Project, 2008.
  • MSU Teaching and Learning Committee Grant, Engaging Freshmen in a Hands-on
    Discovery of Engineering, 2008.
  • Los Alamos National Lab Contract, Development of a design and prototype for dual
    mode cutters and hoist system, 2009.

Service and Outreach:

  • Reviewer, Journal of Intelligent Materials and Structures.
  • Session Chair, 44th Annual Technical Meeting, Society of Engineering Science.
  • Member of ASEE, ASME
  • Sit for Montana Professional Engineering Exam- October 2009

Honors and Awards:

  • 2008, 2009, 2010 M&IE Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Best Student Paper Award, Society of Engineering Science Conference (1999)

Employment Experience:

2007 – present Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Montana State
University

  • Teach Introduction to Machine Design and Introduction to Mechanical Engineering,
    perform research on the mechanical response of biofilms, shape memory alloys, and
    materials under dynamic loading events.

2005 – 2007 Team Leader, Mechanical and Dynamic Testing, Materials Science and
Technology, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Supervisor of personnel, technical work, safety authorization and budgetary concerns
    for a high profile team in the Nuclear Materials Technology Division. The personnel on
    this team utilize a quasi-static load frame, a split Hopkinson pressure bar, and 40 mm
    gas gun to interrogate the mechanical response of actinide materials, namely plutonium.
    The yearly budget is ~$4M.

2001- 2005 Technical Staff Member, Nuclear Materials Science, Los Alamos National
Laboratory

  • Principal Investigator on three projects investigating the thermomechanical response of
    plutonium, combined total over $1 M.
  • Principal Investigator for $600k project to characterize physical properties of plutonium
    as a function of age.
  • Subject Matter Expert for following experimental techniques: Quasi-static thermomechanical
    Testing, Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar, Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy,
    Nano-Indentation, Optical Profilometry, Precision Immersion Density, Differential
    Scanning Calorimetry, and Push-rod Dilatometry, and optical microscopy.
  • Provide technical expertise for nuclear weapon component development and
    manufacturing.

2000-2001 Post-Doctoral Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Characterized the high strain rate deformation of Ni-Ti in both tension and compression
    and analyzed the effect of the phase transformation on damage nucleation and growth.

1992-1999 Graduate Research Assistant, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

  • Thermo-mechanical characterization of NiTi for the development of shape memory alloy
    constitutive models, including the design of testing hardware and software.
  • Design and development of experimental equipment for thermally cycling shape
    memory alloys under constant tension and torsion, including design of test apparatus and
    generating data acquisition and control software.
  • Damage evaluation and microstructural analysis of a titanium Metal Matrix Composite,
    including: mechanical test development, specimen preparation, elevated temperature
    testing, post-test evaluation of microstructure utilizing optical microscopy, Scanning
    Electron Microscopy, and Energy Dispersion Spectrometry.
  • Experimental studies on the oxidation of titanium utilizing Scanning Electron
    Microscopy and microprobe analysis.
  • In-situ measurement of crack development in the oxidized surface of titanium utilizing a
    tensile stage mounted in an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope.
  • Identification of dynamic properties for an SMA/elastomer composite including
    specimen design, fabrication, experimental characterization and parameter identification.
  • Co-authored successful DURIP grant from AFOSR to renovate the Active Materials and
    Materials/Structures Laboratories.
  • 1998 National Instruments
  • Worked with National Instruments personnel to create teaching modules and classroom
    experiments that teach both solid mechanics and LabView to undergraduate engineering
    students.

1998 Testing Agreement with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner, L.L.P.

  • Developed testing protocol and performed mechanical tests on Shape Memory Alloy
    eyeglass frames for use in a patent dispute case.

1989-1991 Unisys Space Systems Division, Co-Operative Education Student

  • Modified and generated Space Shuttle ascent simulation software. Worked on a team to
    generate critical Day-of-Launch software.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles:

Henslee, I., Miller, D.A, 2012 “Fatigue Characterization of Macro-Fiber Composites”, in
preparation for Sensors and Actuators:A.

Becker, M.P, Miller, D.A., “Thermomechanical Training and Characterization of Shape
Memory Alloy Axial Actuators,” Submitted to Smart Materials and Structures.

Denowh, C.M., Miller, D.A., “Thermomechanical training and characterization of Ni-Ti-Hf
and Ni-Ti-Hf-Cu high temperature shape memory alloys, Submitted to Journal of
Smart Materials and Structures.

Brindle, E., Miller, D, Stewart, P., 2011 “Hydrodynamic Deformation and Removal of
Staphylococcus epidermidis Biofilms Treated With Urea, Chlorhexidine, Iron
Chloride, or DispersinB: Biotechnology and Bioengineering, v. 108, p. 2968-2977.

Lagoudas, D.C., Miller, D.A., Rong, L.,Kumar, P.K., 2009, “Thermomechanical fatigue of
shape memory alloys”, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 18.

Freibert, F., Dooley, D., Miller, D.A., and Migliori, A., 2007, “Formation and Recovery of
Irradiation and Mechanical Damage in Stabilized Delta-Plutonium Alloys”, Journal of
Alloys and Compounds, v444-445, p 320-324.

Migliori, A., Mihut, I., Betts, J., Ramos, M, Meilke, C., Pantea, C., Miller, D., 2007,
“Temperature and Time Dependence of the elastic moduli of Pu-Ga alloys”, Journal of
Alloys and Compounds, v444-445, p 133-137.

Migliori, A, Freibert, F., Lashley, J.C., Lawson, A. C., Baiardo, J.P., MillerH, D.A., 2002 H,
“Thermodynamics and the Elastic Moduli of Pu,” Journal of Superconductivity; Oct.
2002; vol.15, no.5, p.499-503.

Miller, D.A. and Lagoudas, D.C., 2000, “Influence of Cold Work and Heat Treatment on the
Shape Memory Effect and Plastic Strain Development of NiTi ,” Materials Science
and Engineering A308.

Miller, D.A., and Lagoudas, D.C. 2000, “Thermomechanical Characterization of NiTiCu
and NiTi Actuators: Influence of plastic strains,” Smart Materials and Structures,Vol.
9.

Miller, D.A., Thissell, W. R., and Macdougall, D.A.S, 2000, "Dynamic Tensile Plasticity
and Damage Evolution in Shape-Memory Ni-Ti," Journal de Physique IV, Colloque
C3, DYMAT, March 2000.

Bo, Z., Lagoudas, D.C., Miller, D.A., 1999, “Material Characterization of SMA Actuators
Under Nonproportional Thermomechanical Loading,” J. Eng. Mat. and Tech., Vol.
121, No. 1, pp. 75-85.

Miller, D.A. and D.C. Lagoudas, 1998, “Influence of Heat Treatment on the Mechanical
Properties and Damage Development in a SiC/Ti-15-3 MMC,” J. Eng. Mater. and
Tech., Vol. 123.

Lagoudas, D. C., Whitcomb, J.D., Miller, D.A., and Lagoudas M.Z., 1998, “Continuum
Mechanics in a Restructured Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum,” Int. J. Eng.
Edu., Dec. 1998.

Lagoudas, D.C., Ma, X., Miller, D.A. and. Allen, D.H, 1995, “Modeling of Oxidation in
Metal Matrix Composites,” Int. J. Eng Sci., Vol. 33, No.15.

Conference Proceedings:

Miller, D, Samborsky, D, Mandell, J, DiFronzo, A, 2011 “Evaluating Performance of
Composite Materials for MHK Applications”, Proceedings of the 2011 International
Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Denver, CO.

Denowh, C., Miller, D.A., 2010, “Processing and Characterization for Implementation of
Ni-Ti SMA Bending Actuators,” Proceedings of the 2010 International Mechanical
Engineering Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC.

Henslee, I. Miller, D.A., 2010, “Characterization of a Macrofiber Piezoelectric Composite
for Lunar Exploration Actuator” Proceedings of the 2009 International Mechanical
Engineering Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC.

Anderson, A., Miller, D.A., 2010, “Simulation Methods Predicting Heat Generation and
Temperature Distribution in ND:YAG Laser Systems,” Proceedings of the 2010
International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC.

Miller, D.A., 2009, “Engaging Freshmen in a Hands-on Discovery of Mechanical
Engineering,” Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education
Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin ,TX.

Miller, D.A., Stewart, P.S., Brindle. E., 2009, “The Effect of Treatments on the Mechanical
Properties of Biofilms,” Proceedings of the 2009 International Mechanical
Engineering Conference and Exposition. Lake Buena, FL.

Miller, D.A., Becker, M., 2009, “SMAs: Bridging the Gap between Fundamental Response
and Actuator Employment,” Proceedings of the 2009 International Mechanical
Engineering Conference and Exposition, Lake Buena, FL.

Miller, D.A., Chen, C.K.., 2009, “Application of Advanced Constitutive Models to the
Simulation of Machining,” Proceedings of the 2009 International Mechanical
Engineering Conference and Exposition, Lake Buena, FL.

Migliori, A., Miller, D.A., Lashley, J.C., Freibert, F., Betts, J.B., Ramos, M.,2003, “Pu has
no Future: a Real-Time Measurement of Pu Aging,” AIP Conference Proceedings;
Plutonium Futures - the Science. A Topical Conference on Plutonium and Actinides,
6-10 July 2003.

Trujillo, M.T, Trujillo, C.C., Miller, D.A., Baiardo, J.P., 2003, “Acoustic Resonance
Spectroscopy for Structural Evaluation,” Poster Session: Plutonium Futures - the
Science. A Topical Conference on Plutonium and Actinides, 6-10 July 2003.

Miller, D.A., Thissell, W. R., Macdougall, D.A.S. and Balkey, J.J., 2000, "Dynamic
Loading of Stress-Induced Martensite in Ni-Ti Shape Memory Alloys," EXPLOMET
2000, June 19-23, Albuquerque, NM.

Lagoudas, D.C., Li, C., Miller, D.A., Rong, L., 2000, “Thermomechanical Transformation
Fatigue of SMA Actuators” Proc. 2000 SPIE Annual Conference, March 5-9, Newport
Beach, CA.

Lagoudas, D.C., and Miller, D.A., 1999, “Modeling and Experiments of Thermomechanical
Fatigue of SMA” Proc. 1999 SPIE Annual Conference, March 1-5, Newport Beach,
CA.

Griffin, Richard, Dimitris Lagoudas, Priya Ragupathi, David Miller and Eric Johnson, 1998,
“In Class Thermal Conductivity Experiment for Sophomore Materials Science and
Continuum Mechanics Courses,” Proceedings of the 1998 American Society for
Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle WA.

Lagoudas, D. C., Whitcomb, J.D., Miller, D.A., and Lagoudas, M.Z., 1997, “Computer
Aided Teaching of Continuum Mechanics to Undergraduates,” Proc. 1997 ASEE/GSW
Annual Conference, March 23-25, Houston, TX.

Presentations:

Brindle. E Miller, D.A., Stewart, P.S., 2009, “Measuring changes in biofilm mechanical
properties due to chemical and enzymatic treatments.” Center for Biofilm Engineering,
Technical Advisory Conference, July, 2009, Bozeman, MT.

Aaron Anderson, David Miller, Randy Babbittt, Jason Dahl, Trent Berg, “Mechanical
Design and Modeling for mid IR laser systems focusing on the Monoblock laser
System”, Optical Science & Engineering Conference, Bozeman, Montana, 26 August
2010

Technical Reports:

Freibert, F., Dooley, D., Miller, M., and Migliori, A., 2006, “Formation and Recovery of
Irradiation and Mechanical Damage in Stabilized Delta-Plutonium Alloys”, Los
Alamos National Laboratory- Unclassified Report- LAUR-06-1166.

Freibert, F., Miller, D., Dooley, D., Bridgewater, J., Ward, J., 2005, “Investigation of the
Thermophysical and Mechanical Properties of the Accelerated Aging of Plutonium
Experimental Alloys: 2005 Progress Report (U)”, Los Alamos National Laboratory-
Unclassified Report: LACP-05-1211.

Dooley, D., Freibert, F., Ward, J., and Miller, D., 2005, “Physical Properties and Theoretical
Analysis of Plutonium”, Los Alamos National Laboratory- Unclassified Report-No.:
LAUR-05-8695.

Migliori, A., Betts, J., Miller, D., Ledbetter, H., Ramos, M., Freibert, F., Lawson, A.,
Morales, L., 2004, “Resonant ultrasound measurements for EoS and real time aging
studies of Ga-stabilized 􀁇-Pu,,” Los Alamos National Laboratory- Unclassified
Report-04-1145.

Migliori, A., Miller, D., Lashley, J., Freibert, F., Betts, J., 2003, “Pu has no future-a realtime
measurement of Pu aging,” Los Alamos National Laboratory- Unclassified
Report-03-0625.

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