Sam Miller is a mechanical engineering student with a background in aerospace engineering. His undergraduate studies focused on gas-turbine engine design and high-performance computing. Prior to coming to the University of Rochester, Sam served as a commissioned officer and developmental engineer in the United States Air Force for 5 years, working for both the National Air and Space Intelligence Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. His Master’s thesis focused on fluid-structure interaction and computational fluid dynamics simulations. He separated from the Air Force as a Captain in 2015 to pursue a Ph.D.
Sam’s passion is to research and understand the complex fluid phenomena encountered in inertial confinement fusion implosions using high fidelity simulations. He is currently a graduate student working under Valeri Goncharov and Radha Bahukutumbi studying deceleration-phase Rayleigh–Taylor instabilities.