Dr. Daniel Miracle is a Senior Scientist in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory. He contributes to the quality, balance and focus of the AFRL technical program and the technical workforce through interactions with the AFRL Research Advisory Council, which is responsible for defining strategies, policies and workforce development for a staff of more than 3400 scientists and engineers. He represents technologies of interest to the U.S. Air Force and leads formation of technical partnerships through interactions within the Department of Defense, with other government agencies, and with universities, industry and the international scientific community. As a senior technical leader, Dr. Miracle represents the Department of Defense in the formation of technical alliances within the United States and with other governments.

Prior to assuming these roles, Dr. Miracle’s research has covered nickel-based superalloys and intermetallic compounds for high temperature aerospace structures; metal matrix composites for structural applications; advanced aluminum alloys for cryogenic components; and boron-modified titanium alloys for improved processibility. His current research includes basic studies of the atomic structure of amorphous metals and the exploration of complex, concentrated alloys. Dr. Miracle is author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 7 book chapters, and is co-editor of 6 books, including Composites, Volume 21 of the ASM Handbook series. Dr. Miracle is co-inventor on 8 patents and has given over 160 plenary, keynote and invited talks at national and international scientific venues in 19 countries.

1979 Bachelor of Science, Materials Science, Wright State University
1986 Master of Science, Metallurgical Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus
1990 Doctor of Philosophy, Metallurgical Engineering, Ohio State University

1. 1978 - 1979, Joined Cooperative Education Program, Air Force Materials Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. 1979 - 1984, Researcher in High-Temperature Structural Materials, Air Force Materials Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 1984, Full-Time Trainee, Ohio State University, Columbus
4. 1984 - 1995, Research Scientist, Air Force Materials Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 1995 - 1996, Researcher in Titanium Matrix Composites, Cambridge University, England
6. 1996 - 1999, Research Scientist, Air Force Materials Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. 1999 - 2000, Scientific Officer, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, D.C.
8. 2000 - 2002, Research Scientist, Air Force Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. 2002 - present, Senior Scientist, Materials for Micro and Nano Systems, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. 2015 – 2015, Acting Chief Scientist, Air Force Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. June 2018 - November 2018, Acting Chief Scientist, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va.

1992 Outstanding Scientific Achievement, Materials Science Research Competition, Department of Energy
1993 Air Force Scientific Achievement Award
1995 Eminent Engineer of the Tau Beta Pi Society
1999 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, Affiliate Societies Council, Dayton, Ohio
1999 Fellow, American Society for Metals, International
2000 Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
2003 Cleary Award for Scientific Achievement, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL
2005 Honorary Doctor of Science, Institute of Metal Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine (NASU), Kyiv, Ukraine
2005 Air Force Basic Research Award, AFRL
2017 Honorary Member of the Indian Institute of Metals
2018 Fellow, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
2018 Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Senior Professional

1994 - 1998 Adjunct Faculty Member, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
1994 - 2003 Project Officer, U.S./England International Memorandum of Understanding, Dayton, Ohio
2004 - 2006 Chair, Nanoscience and Technology Strategic Technology Team, Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio
2006 Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Cambridge University, England
2006 Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
2007 Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Australia

ASM, International
The Materials Society
Materials Research Society
Alpha Sigma Mu International Metallurgical Honor Society

(Current as of July 2019)