Michelle Milne

Associate Professor of Physics

Michelle Milne


Michelle Milne attended Lawrence University as an undergraduate where she first experienced both physics research and teaching; working in faculty laboratories during the summers and serving as a physics teaching assistant. She went on to complete her PhD thesis work at Washington University in St. Louis in Mark Conradi’s nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) laboratory in 2010, studying how gas transport through the lungs changes as pulmonary diseases develop. Afterward, she took a postdoc in Jim Miller’s laboratory for ultrasonics, also at Washington University, which exposed her to echocardiographic techniques. During her time working both as a graduate student and as a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Milne also taught several introductory physics and science courses at Washington University and at the nearby Fontbonne University. She joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2013, where she is happily conducting ultrasonic research on anisotropic tissues and other materials and teaching courses for the applied physics concentration in the major as well as the general physics introductory course sequence.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Ultrasonics
  • Inhomogeneous Materials

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Applied Physics
  • Electronics


  • B.A. in Physics, Mathematics at Lawrence University, 2004
  • A.M. in Physics at Washington University, 2006
  • Ph.D. in Physics at Washington University, 2010