Before coming to MSU, Miller commanded the 718th Test Squadron at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee, the country's largest flight simulation facility.
Throughout his 20-plus-year career in the Air Force, Miller worked with space- and ground-based missiles, high-altitude rockets and spacecraft systems. He also taught for seven years at the Air Force Academy's Department of Astronautics as an instructor, lab director, division chief and deputy.
"We're very excited to have Dan," said civil engineering department head Brett Gunnik. "He's got a strong research background, and what put him to the top of the candidate pool was that he has a strong teaching background from the Air Force Academy."
Miller, a native of Libby, Mont., graduated from MSU with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1987 and returned to earn his doctorate in engineering and applied mechanics in 2002.
Miller lists his hobbies as backpacking, hiking, hunting and fishing. His oldest son, Chris, will graduate from high school in June. Miller and his wife, Theresa, will relocate to Montana over the summer with their two other sons, Andrew, 14, and Mathew, 13.
Contact: Department of Civil Engineering, (406) 994-2111