Personal OverviewASCE/COPRI Coastal Engineering Certification
Martin County Artificial Reef Program
Reef Ball Foundation
Sebastian Inlet District
St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of Justice
Educational BackgroundB.S. Ocean Engineering Florida Atlantic University 1974
M.E. Coastal Engineering University of Florida 1975
Ph.D. Ocean Engineering Florida Atlantic University 1996
Recognition & AwardsRegistered Professional Engineer
Professional ExperienceP.E., States of Florida, New York and South Carolina
Dr. Harris has an educational background in ocean, coastal and civil engineering specializing in coastal and ocean structures, and oceanographic data collection. He was named in WhoÂ’s Who in Frontier Science and Technology and has served as a United NationsÂ’ consultant to the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Marine Affairs. He is an active member of several professional societies, including ASCE, COPRI, ACE, ASBPA and FSBPA. Dr. Harris has taught a wide variety of classes in the fields of oceanography and ocean engineering, specializing in coastal structures, port and harbor engineering, coastal processes, and hydrographic surveying. Dr. Harris works closely with students both in the classroom and in the field, including design and testing of engineering student and research projects. His engineering design classes have led to student design and construction of human-powered boats and submarines, which have competed and won awards in international races and competitions.
Current ResearchSebastian Inlet District - design and operation of wave and weather data collection systems, and engineering improvements for inlet structures and navigation.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - experimental offshore breakwater projects, and technical review of Coastal Engineering Manual.
Beach erosion control systems, including designs of artificial reef submerged breakwaters and geosynthetic container systems.
Design and development of port, harbor and marinas.
Selected PublicationsHarris, 2006. Artificial reefs for ecosystem restoration and coastal erosion protection with
aquaculture and recreational amenities. 5th International Surfing Reef Conference.
Harris, Sample, and Mead, 2005. Design evolution and performance of coastal structures using geosynthetic materials for coastal protection and surfing enhancement. Beach Preservation
Technology 2005, FSBPA.
Harris and Sample, 2005. The evolution of multi-celled sand-filled geosynthetic systems for coastal protection and surfing enhancement. 4th International Surfing Reef Conference.
Harris, Turk, and Mead, 2004. Combined recreational amenities and coastal erosion protection using submerged breakwaters for shoreline stabilization. Beach Preservation Technology 2004, FSBPA.
Harris, 2003. Submerged reef structures for beach erosion control. Coastal Structures '03. ASCE.
Harris, 2003. Correlation between the physical structure of the nearshore reefs and the historical beach erosion/accretion in Indian River County, FL. Coastal Sediments '03, USGS.
Harris, 2003. Sand-filled container systems for coastal erosion control. 3rd International Surfing Reef Symposium.
Harris, 2003. Artificial reef structures for shoreline stabilization and habitat enhancement. 3rd International Surfing Reef Symposium.
Harris, 2002. Submerged reef structures for habitat enhancement and shoreline erosion abatement. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal & Hydraulic Engineering Technical Note (CHETN), Vicksburg, MS.
Harris and Woodring, 2001. Artificial reefs for submerged and subaerial habitat protection, mitigation and restoration. 54th Institute of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), pp. 386-395.
Harris and Zadikoff, 1999. Concrete tetrahedrons and sand-filled geotextile containers: shoreline stabilization and other uses in developing countries. Fifth International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC V), pp. 2245-2253.
Zadikoff, Covello, Harris, and Skornick, 1998. Concrete tetrahedrons and sand-filled geotextile containers: new technologies for shoreline stabilization. International Coastal Symposium (ICS98), Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 26, pp. 261-268.
Harris, 1998. Engineering design aspects of artificial reefs. Florida Artificial Reef Summit 98, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, FL, pp. 104-110.
Smith, Harris, and Tabar, 1998. Preliminary evaluation of the Vero Beach, FL prefabricated
submerged breakwater. Beach Preservation Technology 98, FSBPA.
Harris, 1998. Hydrographic surveying and water level variations in the vicinity of Sebastian Inlet. 4th International Symposium on Marine Positioning (INSMAP).
Harris, Childress, Winder, and Perry, 1998. Real-time wave data collection system at Sebastian Inlet, Florida. 5th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting, Environment Canada, Downsview, Ontario, pp. 146-153.
Dally, Grosskopf, and Harris, 1998. Wave climate studies for Sebastian Inlet. 5th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting, Environment Canada, Downsview, Ontario, pp. 56-70.