Jami Valentine-Miller, Ph.D.
Class of 1996, Physics
Former Life-Gets-Better Scholar
Dr. Jami Valentine-Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Florida A&M University on a Life-Gets-Better full academic scholarship. This scholarship was sponsored by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As an undergraduate scholar, Dr. Miller was recruited from the Dobbins Vocational High School, Philadelphia, PA. This year marked the second time Florida A&M University topped Harvard University in the recruitment of NAS. As an LGB scholar, Dr. Miller was an integral part of the FAMU community. She worked as a research assistant for the FAMU-Center for Nonlinear Nonequilibrium Aerosciences (CeNNAS). As a FAMU undergraduate scholar, she published her first refereed paper in the Journal of Applied Physics, 1997.
She went on to earn a master’s degree in physics from Brown University, another first. In 2006 Jami became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from the Johns Hopkins University where she studied the spin properties of rare earth metals for applications in magneto–electronic devices. Dr. Miller’s dissertation was “Spin Polarization Measurements of c-axis Epitaxial Rate Earth Tin Films”, and her thesis advisor was Professor C. L. Chien.
Dr. Miller joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in July 2006, where she examines semiconductor patent applications including phase-change memory, LEDs, and spintronic devices. She became a primary examiner in 2012.
In her spare time, Jami volunteers with the National Society of Black Physicists and the American Physical Society. She enjoys mentoring junior scientists and new patent examiners. She is the founder and CEO of African American Women in Physics, Inc, a non-profit corporation that works to honor pioneering physicists, inspire future physicists, and connect with all people interested in promoting diversity in physics and other STEM fields. Jami is passionate about educating young scientists about non-academic career options.