Tori Miller

Assistant Professor

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  • Engineering Building I (EB1) 3070C

Miller received her B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2011 and completed her Ph.D. in the Materials Department at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2016. After graduate school, she worked for a year at UES, Inc. as a Research Scientist onsite in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH.

Miller‘s interests include defect and structural evolution in crystalline material and experimental characterization via advanced electron microscopy techniques. She is particularly focused on deformation processing of metals and the associated microstructural evolution, particularly texture evolution, recovery, and recrystallization. Her group’s primary focus is on linking macroscopic processing phenomena to micro- and nanoscale mechanisms, enabling the development of predictive material models for engineering applications. Much of the group’s work has been in thermomechanical processing of low-symmetry metals including titanium alloys for aerospace and magnesium alloys for automotive and consumer electronic applications.

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Ph.D. 2016

Materials Science

University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S.E 2011

Materials Science and Engineering

University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award, 2018
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Alloy Design and Processing Design of Magnesium Alloys Using 2nd Phases
Decker, R. F., Berman, T. D., Miller, V. M., Jones, J. W., Pollock, T. M., & LeBeau, S. E. (2019), JOM, 71(7), 2219–2226.
Evolution of the Intermetallic Particle Distribution in Thixomolded Magnesium Alloys
Anthony, B. T., Dowdell, B. G., & Miller, V. M. (2019), MAGNESIUM TECHNOLOGY 2019, pp. 193–197.
Fatigue deformation in a polycrystalline nickel base superalloy at intermediate and high temperature: Competing failure modes
Stinville, J. C., Martin, E., Karadge, M., Ismonov, S., Soare, M., Hanlon, T., … Pollock, T. M. (2018), Acta Materialia, 152, 16–33.
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering of Magnesium
Miller, V. M., & Agnew, S. R. (2018), JOM, 70(10), 2296–2297.
Optimization of VPSC model parameters for two-phase titanium alloys: Flow stress vs orientation distribution function metrics
Miller, V. M., Semiatin, S. L., Szczepanski, C., & Pilchak, A. L. (2018), Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. A, Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 49A(8), 3624–3636.
Measurement of strain localization resulting from monotonic and cyclic loading at 650 degrees C in nickel base superalloys
Stinville, J. C., Echlin, M. P., Callahan, P. G., Miller, V. M., Texier, D., Bridier, F., … Pollock, T. M. (2017), Experimental Mechanics, 57(8), 1289–1309.
Reduction in the thermodynamic nucleation barrier via the heteroepitaxial recrystallization mechanism
Miller, V. M., Payton, E. J., & Pilchak, A. L. (2017), Scripta Materialia, 136, 128–131.
Incipient slip and long range plastic strain localization in microtextured Ti-6Al-4V titanium
Echlin, M. L. P., Stinville, J. C., Miller, V. M., Lenthe, W. C., & Pollock, T. M. (2016), Acta Materialia, 114, 164–175.
Prediction of the plastic anisotropy of magnesium alloys with synthetic textures and implications for the effect of texture on formability
Miller, V. M., Berman, T. D., Beyerlein, I. J., Jones, J. W., & Pollock, T. M. (2016), Materials Science and Engineering: A, 675, 345–360.
Recrystallization and the Development of Abnormally Large Grains After Small Strain Deformation in a Polycrystalline Nickel-Based Superalloy
Miller, V. M., Johnson, A. E., Torbet, C. J., & Pollock, T. M. (2016), Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 47(4), 1566–1574.

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