Dr. Christopher M. Miller

Dr. Christopher M. Miller

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Civil Engineering
Office: Schrank Hall North 162B
Phone: 330-972-5915
Fax: 330-972-6020
Email: cmmiller@uakron.edu
Website: http://www.ecgf.uakron.edu/~civil/people/miller


Biography

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1995
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1992
  • B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1990

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer (License#E-62882) - Ohio

Experience

  • Associate Professor                                                          August 2001 to Present
  • Assistant Professor                                                           August 1995 to August 2001

The University of Akron, Dept. of Civil Engineering

Major Responsibilities: Undergraduate teaching in hydraulic engineering-water resources and statics, with graduate courses in water quality modeling and management, chemical oxidation processes, aquatic chemistry, and environmental organic chemistry. Department ABET Coordinator and 2007 Self-Study Report author. Primary research activity is drinking water projects for local municipalities involving source water management, field sampling, data analysis, hydraulic modeling, water quality modeling, and regulatory compliance assistance. Recent projects also include innovative and collaborative efforts with other faculty to develop comprehensive drinking water source management-sustainability strategies using GIS and other software models.

  • Consultant, Expert Witness, and Business Owner                October 1997 to Present

Envital Ltd.

Engineering consulting support for hydraulic-environmental projects for international consulting companies, private companies, and governments in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and Germany. Other research experiences include polymer development for a private company, grout development for the Idaho National Environmental Engineering Laboratory, and technology evaluation for the U.S. Army.

  • Civil Engineer                                                                    February 1996 to February 1999

U.S. Army Reserve, 416th Engineer Support Group

Major Responsibilities: Member of the Akron, Ohio engineering team responsible for environmental and facilities assessment of Reserve Center facilities in Ohio. Work also included design projects and construction/environmental management assistance.

  • Construction Engineer                                                        August 1986 to February 1996

U.S. Army Reserve, 389th Engineer Battalion

Major Responsibilities: Non-commissioned officer in charge of bridge, building, and road construction projects in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama.

Honors and Awards

  • Wendell LaDue Civil Engineer – American Society of Civil Engineers, 2008
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher – University of Akron, 2003
  • University of Akron Patent Society, 2002
  • The Army Commendation Medal – Department of the Army, 1998
  • Raymond C. Firestone Research Initiation Fellowship – University of Akron, 1996
  • The Army Achievement Medal – Department of the Army, 1995
  • Neil B. Fisher Environmental Engineering Fellowship – University of Iowa, 1991

Patents

  1. U.S. Patent #5,817,240 – Catalytic Fixed Bed Reactor Systems for the Destruction of Contaminants in Water by Hydrogen Peroxide.
  2. U.S. Patent #6,767,472B2 – Catalytic Fixed Bed Reactor System for the Destruction of Contaminants in Water by Hydrogen Peroxide and Ozone.
  3. U.S. Patent #6,984,328 – A Method for Removing Metals from Aqueous Solutions Using Mixed Lithic Materials.

Scholarly Journal Publications and Book Chapters

  1. Johnstone, D., Miller, C., and N. Sanchez (2009). "Parallel Factor Analysis of Excitation-Emission Matrices to Assess Drinking Water DBP Formation During a Peak Formation Period." Accepted for publication in Environmental Engineering Science – May 2009.
  2. Johnstone, D. and C. M. Miller (2009). "Fluorescence Excitation-Emission Matrix Regional Transformation and Chlorine Consumption to Predict THM and HAA Formation," Environmental Engineering Science, 26(7): 1163–1170.
  3. K. Hassan, K. C. Bower, and C. M. Miller (2006). "Iron Oxide Enhanced Chlorine Decay and Disinfection By-Product Formation," ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 132(12): 1609–1616.
  4. K. Hassan, K. C. Bower, and C. M. Miller (2003). "Numerical Simulation of Bromate Formation during Ozonation of Aqueous Bromide," ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 129(11): 991–998.
  5. K. C. Bower and C. M. Miller (2003). "Fenton's Reagent Degradation of 2,4-Dinitrotoluene in Water-Acetone Mixtures," Environmental Engineering and Science, 21(1): 65–69.
  6. K. C. Bower and C. M. Miller (2002). "Filter Sand-Phosphate Buffer Effect on DNT Ozonation," ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 128(2):131–136.
  7. Kevin C. Bower, Kevin H. Gardner, C. M. Miller, and L. Kong (2001). "In-Situ Colloidal MnO2 Deposition and Ozonation of 2,4-Dinitrotoluene," Environmental Engineering and Science, 18(4):259–265.
  8. C. M. Miller and K. C. Bower (2001). "Advanced Chemical Oxidation: Fenton's Reagent Degradation of Organic Compounds," Lab published in AEESP Environmental Engineering Processes Lab CD–ROM Manual.
  9. K. Bower, S. E. Duirk, and C. M. Miller (2000). "Chapter 14. Development of an Enhanced Ozone-Hydrogen Peroxide Advanced Oxidation Process," Emerging Technologies in Hazardous Waste Management 8, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, pp. 167–176.
  10. S. E. Duirk, W. Butala, and C. M. Miller (2000). "Chapter 17. Encapsulation of Nitrate Salts Using Vinylmethylpolysiloxane," Emerging Technologies in Hazardous Waste Management 8, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, pp. 199–206
  11. I. D. Sasowsky, A. Foos, and C. M. Miller (2000). "Lithic Controls on the Removal of Metals and Remediation of Acidic Mine Drainage," Water Research, 34(10):2742–2746.
  12. C. M. Miller, S. E. Duirk, and K. H. Gardner (2000). "Chromium Leaching from Silicone Foam-Encapsulated Mixed Waste," Environmental Science and Technology, 34(3):455–460.
  13. C. M. Miller and R. L. Valentine (1999). "Mechanistic Studies of Surface-Catalyzed H2O2 Decomposition and Contaminant Degradation in the Presence of Sand," Water Research, 33(12):2805–2816.
  14. C. M. Miller, R. L. Valentine, M. Roehl, and P. J. J. Alvarez (1996). "Chemical and Microbiological Assessment of Pendimethalin Contaminated Soil after Treatment with Fenton’s Reagent," Water Research, 30:2579–2586.
  15. C. M. Miller and R. L. Valentine (1995). "Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition and Quinoline Degradation in the Presence of Aquifer Material," Water Research, 29:2353–2359.
  16. C. M. Miller and R. L. Valentine (1995). "Oxidation Behavior of Aqueous Contaminants in the Presence of Hydrogen Peroxide and Filter Media," Journal of Hazardous Materials, 41:106–116.
  17. C. M. Miller, R. L. Valentine, J. L. Stacy, M. Roehl, and P. J. J. Alvarez (1995). "Chemical Oxidation and Toxicity Reduction of Pesticide Contaminated Soils" in Bioremediation of Recalcitrant Organics, Eds. R. E. Hinchee, R. E. Hoeppel, and D. B. Anderson, Battelle Press, pp. 175–181.
  18. C. M. Miller and R. L. Valentine (1994). "Granular Media Surface Catalyzed Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition and Oxidation of Selected Organics" in Chemical Oxidation: Technologies for the Nineties, Eds. John Roth and Alan R. Bowers, Technomic Publishing Co., pp. 80–90

Funded Research

  1. "Drinking Water Issues as a Context for Problem-Based Science Instruction," Ohio Board of Regents Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) State Grants Program, January 2010
  2. "Ravenna Drinking Water Source and Treatment Process Monitoring," City of Ravenna, Ohio, July 2009.
  3. "Norwalk Drinking Water Source and Treatment Process Monitoring," City of Norwalk, Ohio, June 2009.
  4. "Drinking Water Issues as a Context for Problem-Based Science Instruction," Ohio Board of Regents Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) State Grants Program, February 2009.
  5. "Drinking Water Source Characterization and Disinfection Byproduct Formation Modeling Using Land Use and Stream Reach Ecological Properties," Integrated Bioscience Grant Program, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, August 2008.
  6. "Water Distribution System Model Update and Initial Distribution System Evaluation," City of Barberton, Ohio, November 2007.
  7. "Disinfection Byproduct Analytical Method Development," Parker Hannifin Corporation, August 2007.
  8. "Field Study for Norwalk Distribution System Model Validation and Initial Distribution System Evaluation," City of Norwalk, Ohio, August 2006.
  9. "Barberton Chlorine Reduction," City of Barberton, Ohio, August 2006.
  10. "Barberton Coagulation and Disinfection Byproduct Reduction Assessment," City of Barberton, Ohio, May 2005.
  11. "Tracer Study – Hydraulic and Water Quality Modeling of Barberton Water Distributions System – Task 1," City of Barberton, Ohio, September 2003.
  12. "Tracer Study – Hydraulic and Water Quality Modeling of Barberton Water Distributions System – Task 2," City of Barberton, Ohio, September 2003.
  13. "Development of Chlorine Decay Model and Deposit Inhibitor Study for the City of Barberton," City of Barberton, Ohio, July 2002.
  14. "Fenton Reagent Treatment of Organic Solids," Technology Visions Group Inc., June 2001.
  15. "Inorganic Binder Research," Technology Visions Group Inc. Australasia Limited, January 2001.
  16. "The Role of Chemical Interferences in Grouting of Contaminated Soils," Orbit Technologies Inc. as a sub-grant from The Department of Energy (Contract #DE-ACO7-94ID13223), July 2000.
  17. "Silicone Foam Encapsulation of Calcined Waste," Orbit Technologies Inc. as a sub-grant from The Department of Energy (Contract #DE-ACO7-94ID13223), June 1999.
  18. "Use of Ceramic Silicone Foam (CSF) to Stabilize Calcine Waste," Orbit Technologies Inc. as a sub-grant from The Department of Energy (Contract #DE-ACO7-94ID13223), August 1998.
  19. "Waste Stabilization," Orbit Technologies Inc. Unrestricted Research Support, July 1998.
  20. "Field Erosion and Sediment Control," Summit County Unrestricted Research Support, June 1998.
  21. "Waste Encapsulation," Krystal Bond Ohio Inc. Unrestricted Research Support, February 1998.
  22. "Development of Quality Model for Canton Water Distribution System," City of Canton Water Department, November 1997.
  23. "Ozone-H2O2-Sand Technology," GPD Associates Inc. Unrestricted Research Support, September 1997.
  24. "Use of Ceramic Silicone Foam (CSF) to Stabilize Mixed Wastes," Orbit Technologies Inc. Unrestricted Research Support, September 1997.
  25. "Use of Ceramic Silicone Foam (CSF) to Stabilize Nitrate Salt Wastes," Orbit Technologies Inc. as a sub-grant from The Department of Energy (Contract #DE-ACO7-94ID13223), May 1997.
  26. "TCE Groundwater Treatability and Modeling Study for the Kings Mills Ohio Army Reserve Center," United States Army 88th Regional Support Command Unrestricted Research Support, June 1996.
  27. "Aerobic Phthalate Biodegradation in Soil and Groundwater," Environmental Mitigation Group, Inc., Akron, Ohio, Unrestricted Research Support, June 1997.
  28. "Soil Remediation and Water Quality Evaluation Using Microtox," Microbics Corporation Education/Research and Development Grant, April 1996.
  29. "Chlorine Disinfection Byproduct Formation in Drinking Water Distribution Systems," The University of Akron, Faculty Research Grant Program, June 2004.
  30. OBR/Research Challenge Matching Grant to DOE Award R4238, July 2000.
  31. "Post-Doctoral Position for the Microscale Physiochemical Engineering Center," The University of Akron, College of Engineering, December 1999.
  32. "Development of Small Group, Self-Directed Problem-Based Learning (SGSD–PBL) in Engineering at the University of Akron," The University of Akron, Teaching Academy Summer Grant, June 1999.
  33. OBR/Research Challenge Matching Grant to DOE Award R4747, August 1998.
  34. "Development of an Enhanced Ozone-Hydrogen Peroxide Advanced Oxidation Process," The University of Akron, Faculty Research Grant Program, February 1998.
  35. OBR/Research Challenge Matching Grant to DOE Award R4238, July 1997.
  36. "Degradation of Chlorinated Contaminants in the Presence of Chelating Agents and Hydrogen Peroxide," The University of Akron, College of Engineering, Raymond C. Firestone Research Initiation Fellowship, May 1996.
  37. "Hydrogen Peroxide Reactivity and Degradation Capacity In The Presence of Subsurface Materials and Sediments," The University of Akron, Faculty Research Grant Program, November 1995.
  38. "Government and Private Agency Involvement to Enhance Engineering Design Curriculum," The University of Akron, Educational Research and Development Center Faculty Grant Program, November 1995.
  39. "Destruction of Energetics in Acetone-Water Mixtures Using a Novel Sand Reactor and Sonochemical Reactor," (submitted with G. G. Chase, U. of Akron), The University of Akron, College of Engineering Internal Grant, April 1996.

Graduate Student Advising

3 Ph.D. Dissertations Advised
11 M.S. Thesis Advised
8 M.S. Engineering Reports Advised

Current Advising:
2 Ph.D. (Aug. 2011, Aug. 2012) and 3 M.S. Theses

 


Education

Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1995; M.S. in Civil and En vironmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1992; B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1990