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Steven Miller – Professor

Steven Miller



Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science – 2000 – Colorado State University

M.S. in Atmospheric Science – 1997 – Colorado State University

B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering – 1995 – University of California, San Diego

Career Overview

Steve Miller is a professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, where he also serves as the director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). From 2007-2021 he was a senior research scientist and deputy director at CIRA, developing physical algorithms and imagery for National Weather Service forecasters. Prior to his return to CSU, he worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, California, from 2000-2007, where he developed numerous satellite applications in support of Coalition forces responding to the 9/11 attacks.

Teaching Interests

Research Interests

Professor Miller’s work, both in the Naval Research Laboratory and at CSU, has focused on meteorological satellite data algorithm development spanning a wide variety of research and applied topics. Among his interests: utilization of low-light visible sensors to study nocturnal phenomena, including nighttime cloud/aerosol detection and microphysical properties, the study of atmospheric gravity waves in airglow, the study of human behaviors and factors via nighttime artificial lights, and the pursuit of marine bioluminescence. His algorithm development interests include physically-based enhancements of environmental parameters (e.g., dust storms, clouds, wildland fires and smoke, snow/ice, vegetation, and ocean surface). As director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute, there is an applied-research, forecaster emphasis to his research, including the development of value-added imagery and observation/model-fusion, decision-support tools for assisting operational forecasters, decision makers, and stakeholders ranging from the National Weather Service to the Department of Defense.