Christopher Miller

  • Program Years: 2015-2019
  • Academic Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Min Zhou
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2016)
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    PhD - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019
    M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016
    B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014

Current Status

  • Status: Postdoctoral Researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Research Area: Shock Initiation of Energetic Materials


1)Christopher Miller, David Kittell, Cole Yarrington, and Min Zhou, Prediction of Probabilistic Detonation Threshold via Millimeter-Scale Microstructure-Explicit and Void-Explicit Simulations, Propellents, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 44, (2019)

2) Christopher Miller, Seokpum Kim, Yasuyuki Horie, and Min Zhou, Ignition thresholds of aluminized HMX-based polymer-bonded explosives, AIP Advances 9, 045103 (2019)

3) Ushasi Roy, Seokpum Kim, Christopher Miller, Yasuyuki Horie, and Min Zhou, Computational study of ignition behavior and hotspot dynamics of a potential class of aluminized explosives, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 26 085004 (2018)

4) S. Kim, C. Miller, Y. Horie, C. Molek, E. Welle, M. Zho. "Computational prediction of probabilistic ignition threshold of pressed granular
Octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) under shock loading", Journal of Applied Physics 120, 115902 (2016)

5) E. Chason, J.W. Shin, C.-H. Chen, A.M. Engwall, C.M. Miller, S.J. Hearne, L.B. Freund. "Growth of patterned island arrays to identify origins of thin film stress", Journal of Applied Physics 115, 123519 (2014)

6) E. Chason, A.M. Engwall, C.M. Miller, C.-H. Chen, A. Bhandari, S.K. Soni, S.J. Hearne, L.B. Freund, B.W. Sheldon. "Stress evolution during the growth of 1-d island arrays: kinetics and length scaling", Scripta Materialia 97, pgs. 33-36 (2014)


1) Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship Recipient (2015-2019)
2) Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honor, CU Boulder (2014)
3) Deans List, CU Boulder (2010-2014)
4) President's Fellowship, Georgia Tech (2014)
5) Guy Kelley Scholarship - Engineering, CU Boulder (2012)
6) Hong Mechanical Engineering Scholarship, CU Boulder (2012)
7) DLC Research Scholarship, CU Boulder (2013)
8) Engineering RAP Award, CU Boulder (2013)