During Dr. Millis’s tenure at Anderson University, he has taught a broad range of courses in physics and astronomy and maintains an active research program in very high-energy astrophysics.
He is a member of the VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) Collaboration, which operates an array of four air-Cherenkov gamma ray telescopes located in southern Arizona. The focus of Dr. Millis’s work is to understand how radiation is produced by rapidly rotating neutron stars, and how these objects interact with the surrounding medium.
His research at Anderson University has been supporting by funding from NASA and the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC), for which her serves as the Affiliate Director. Dr. Millis also oversees the campus observatory, which underwent a significant upgrade in 2012.
In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Millis has spent the last several years writing about physics, astronomy, and space for various media outlets. After spending nearly four years with About.com as their guide to space and astronomy, he left to take a position as the Vice President for Content Development at redOrbit.com. There, in addition to contributing as a writer, Dr. Millis develops new content initiatives relating to space and astronomy.
His podcast series, Your Universe Today on redOrbit.com, was developed in partnership with Covenant Productions at Anderson University. On this program, Dr. Millis interviews leading researchers in astrophysics and space science in an effort to bring cutting edge research to the masses. This work has been met with critical acclaim and has garnered a significant following. Currently, he is working on a documentary film series, chronicling research being conducted at NASA facilities around the country.
Dr. Millis is married to his wonderful wife Melissa, with whom he has two young sons, Noah and Israel. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing the piano and pretending to be good at various sports. He is also an avid fan of college and professional football.
Dr. John Millis has served at Anderson University since 2008.
Contact Dr. Millis:
Chair, Physical Sciences & Engineering
Professor of Physics
B.S. Physics, Purdue University
Ph.D. Physics/Astrophysics, Purdue University