Paul M. Miller
Education and Experience
Dr. Paul M. Miller has joined the faculty of the West Virginia University Department of Physics and Astronomy. He recently completed his Ph.D. at WVU with Dr. Mark E. Koepke. His work in the department will focus on physics education.
Miller received his B.S. in physics at the University of Wyoming, where he also completed a B.A. in secondary science education with a minor in chemistry. He received his M.S. in physics from the University of Michigan, where he worked in the field of space plasma physics with Dr. C. R. Clauer.
He has 11 years of high school science teaching experience from teaching positions in Oregon, Maryland, and West Virginia. He has taught physics, applied physics, earth science, and chemistry. He holds a permanent secondary teaching certificate in West Virginia.
For the years 1997-2001, Miller served as the director of West Virginia’s National Youth Science Camp. The NYSC is an intense residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Funding is organized through the private National Youth Science Foundation, but the State of West Virginia has always been a key financial supporter. Students are chosen by their respective states and attend free of charge.
Miller first joined the department as a Research Experience for Teachers participant during the summer of 2003, doing plasma physics research in Dr. Mark Koepke’s laboratory.
His work continued each succeeding summer until 2006, when he left the high school setting to complete his Ph.D. His dissertation research examined modulated nonlinear dynamics in a neon glow discharge.