While studying toward his doctorate degree at Stony Brook University in New York, Dr. David E. Miller commenced his professional career in 1970 as a physics instructor at the prestigious university. With renown in both the United States and Germany, he traveled to the Free University of Berlin, where he served as a scientific assistant. Remaining in Germany, from 1975 to 1983, he excelled at the University of Bielefeld, where he served as a scientific associate in physics and privat dozent in theoretical physics. Dr. Miller returned to the United States, where he was hired by Pennsylvania State University in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in 1983 as an assistant professor of physics. As time progressed, he advanced to associate professor in 1986 and full professor in 1992, remaining until attaining emeritus status in 2010. For five years following his retirement, he continued as a professor.
After receiving his Doctor of Philosophy in theoretical physics from Stony Brook University in 1971, Dr. Miller received a habilitation in theoretical physics under Professor Helmut Satz at the University of Bielefeld in 1978. During his time at the University of Bielefeld, he received a Heinrich Hertz scholarship in theoretical physics and was the recipient of the 1962-1963 Chemical Rubber Company Achievement Award in Physics. Since the inception of his career, he has also served as a professional evaluator and referee for several scientific journals, including Physical Review and the European Physical Journal. Likewise, he is renowned for being a frequent speaker at conferences and a lecturer through the Fulbright Program in Wroclaw, Poland and Zagreb, Croatia.
Outside of his primary endeavors, Dr. Miller served for eight years on Pennsylvania State University’s university senate between 1988 and 1996 – a privilege that he cites as his greatest career achievement, as he participated in their research committee and served as secretary. He has maintained affiliation with the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Mathematical Society, the German Physical Society and Sigma Xi.
As a testament to his success in the field, Dr. Miller received the Fulbright Award from the University of Wroclaw in Poland in 1997, as well as from the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Croatia in 2004. Additionally, he earned an Outstanding Research Award from Pennsylvania State University in 2005 and the 2021-2022 Sparks Award, in which he was appointed a member of the President’s Club.