Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Utility Navigation Skip to Top Navigation Skip to Content Navigation
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory links to site home page
Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability
LANL

Ideal balance of work, play makes outdoor enthusiast's James Miller life enviable

Nuclear engineer graduate research assistant gets valueable experience while taking advantage of local outdoor recreational activities.
August 2, 2012
James Miller

Miller first came to the Lab in 2006 as a summer student. His college advisor, a former Laboratory employee, found him an internship through the student programs office. Miller highly recommends the Lab as a place to start a career, “The student programs are very mentor-driven, allowing you to gain phenomenal experience and build a professional network that will set you up for the rest of your life.”

    "I have access to top-level scientists in the world, doing some of the best work in the world; you can’t find that anywhere else! There is literally not another facility where I can do my dissertation the way it is being done here."

    James Miller says there's no better place than the Lab to build a career

    James Miller, a graduate research assistant, gains incomparable experience through his participation on several institutional projects in his field of study, nuclear engineering.  He currently works on his dissertation with the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group, researching and monitoring levels of uranium and other heavy metals in radiation workers through experimental electrochemistry.  

    He and his team of engineers and technologists use a threshold-monitoring program to determine the percentages of radiation levels. The main focus is on trace amounts of uranium, a part of the biological assay program.  This work directly supports the weapons program, which further supports the Lab’s mission to provide reliable nuclear deterrence.

    Miller first came to the Lab in 2006 as a summer student.  His college advisor, a former Laboratory employee, found him an internship through the student programs office. Miller highly recommends the Lab as a place to start a career, “The student programs are very mentor-driven, allowing you to gain phenomenal experience and build a professional network that will set you up for the rest of your life.” 

    While pursing his research, Miller wanted to meet and get involved with other students. He eventually joined the Student Association (SA) and later became president. SA is a student outreach program that provides tools and resources for a well-rounded and stimulating internship experience. Miller believes, “When you come to a new town, meeting people can be an obstacle; SA helps you make connections to other students, which then leads to friendships.“ 

    Miller keeps coming back because he feels, “The Lab is a great place to build a professional network; through numerous networking opportunities, I now have contacts in other scientific facilities across the country.”

    He also fell in love with New Mexico and takes full advantage of the outdoor recreational activities.  “I am definitely an outdoorsman, so I enjoy New Mexico’s climate and high-elevation. My favorite outdoor activity in New Mexico is skiing. Living in Los Alamos, you are close to many venues.” Miller also is active in the Los Alamos community, which he finds very inviting and friendly.  He is head coach of the local high school lacrosse team, who just finished their first season.

    Ultimately Miller hopes to continue his research here through opportunities provided by the Lab's postdoctoral program. “I have access to top-level scientists in the world, doing some of the best work in the world; you can’t find that anywhere else! There is literally not another facility where I can do my dissertation the way it is being done here.”

    James Miller’s story is a great example of how the Lab provides students with the experience to build a rewarding career and the meet the people that will carry them into the future.


    Innovations for a secure nation

    Novel rocket design flight tested

    Novel rocket design flight tested

    The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

    » All Innovations

    Calendars

    Contact LANL

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 1663
    Los Alamos, NM 87545

    Journalist Queries
    Communications Office
    (505) 667-7000

    Directory Assistance
    (505) 667-5061

    All Contacts, Media







    Visit Blogger Join Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter See our Flickr Photos Watch Our YouTube Videos Find Us on LinkedIn Find Us on iTunesFind Us on GooglePlay