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Sara Miller

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


I joined the Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Sciences graduate cohort in Fall 2021. Under the auspices of a 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program award, my research with Professor Britney Schmidt focuses on modeling the fluid dynamics of the subsurface ocean at Jupiter’s moon, Europa. My work seeks to incorporate ice-ocean interaction physics and thermal convection models of Europa’s interior into a general circulation model.

I earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017 and 2020, respectively. My Master’s research with Professor Mitchell Walker took place in the Georgia Tech High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory (HPEPL), where I was involved in a combination of experimental and theoretical projects.

In addition to ocean dynamics and plasma physics, I am passionate about running, hiking, scuba diving, and horseback riding.


  • Astronomy


  • Earth & Atmospheric Sciences