David Miller

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Emeritus

Research Focus
Experimental engineering physics, surface physics, gas dynamics and molecular beams.

Research Summary

Professor Miller has been interested in such things as scattering of molecular beams from single crystal surfaces to investigate surface properties and gas-surface chemistry, thin magnetic cluster films, friction at the molecular level, and the gas dynamics of supersonic free-jet expansions.  Most recently his interests have been in supercritical fluids. These fluids exhibit liquid-like density and gas-like diffusivities, and are therefore good mixers, making them ideal for chemical reactions. Miller spent much of his time studying the fluid mechanics, physics and chemistry involved in supercritical fluid reactions.

David Miller
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David R. Miller received his BS  (Chem Eng) from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D (Chem Eng) from Princeton University, before joining the faculty at UCSD in 1966 as an Assistant Professor in the AMES Department (now MAE).  He has served as Chairman of AMES, as Acting Dean of Engineering, and as Associate Dean of Engineering. In 1997 he was appointed as Associate Vice Chancellor - Academic Planning and Resources, and he served for two years as Acting Senior Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs. He has received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, the Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, Outstanding Teacher and Service Award from Revelle College, and the Chancellor's Associates UCSD Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa.