Steve Miller


Assistant Professor in Chemistry

I was born and raised in WI. My parents (a Lutheran pastor and a teacher) moved to the Twin Cities while I was in high school, and I graduated from Concordia Academy in Roseville, MN.

After graduation from high school, I attended the University of Minnesota Duluth, where I received B.S. Chemistry and B.S. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology degrees. I stayed at UMD and earned an M.S. Chemistry degree, with an emphasis on computational physical chemistry. I then joined the group of Dr. Doreen Leopold at the U of MN and earned a Ph.D. Chemistry degree, with an emphasis on physical inorganic chemistry. My doctoral dissertation involved the use of anion photoelectron spectroscopy and computational chemistry to study small (<20 atom) clusters containing at least one metal atom. Upon graduation, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University, where I studied anisotropy in the chemical decomposition mechanism of high explosives. Since discovering my passion for teaching (during my sophomore year as an undergraduate), I have also taught a variety chemistry labs and lectures, including most subdivisions of chemistry.

Apart from my background and interest in chemistry, I enjoy spending time outdoors. My most significant hobby is the study of the American Civil War; my book collection currently contains more Civil War books than chemistry books. I have been happily married to my high school sweet heart since June of 2000. We have two daughters, Grace and Anna, and two dogs (both goldendoodles).


B.S. and M.S., University of Minnesota Duluth; Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Courses Taught


CHE-258 (Inorganic Chemistry I Lab) and CHE-372 (Physical Chem II Lab)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CHE-371Physical Chem I w/Lab92013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
CHE-107Principles of Chemistry52012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2008/FA
CHE-372Quantum Chemistry and Dynamics Lab42012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
CHE-372Quantum Chemistry and Dynamics42012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
CHE-399Chemistry Seminar42012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
CHE-107Principles of Chemistry Lab42011/FA and 2008/FA
CHE-141Organic Chemistry I Lab42011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
CHE-258Inorganic Chemistry I Lab22013/SP
CHE-371Kinetics and Thermodynamics22010/FA and 2009/FA
CUR-260Natural World12013/SP
NDL-120American Civil War12012/JN
CHE-344Special Topic: Computational Chemistry12010/SP
CHE-125Science/Public Policy12009/JN