Assistant Professor | Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences
F.W. Olin Physical Sciences, 233
Dr. David "Doc" Harris is a native to Melbourne, FL. He graduated from Melbourne High School in 2002. In 2008, he graduated as a Valedictorian of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Florida with a BS in Physics. At the University of Utah, he programmed the data reduction pipeline for the Frisco Peak Observatory. His dissertation research investigated the Baldwin Effect using a sample of 200,000 quasar spectra. He earned a PhD in 2015 (awarded in 2016).
In 2015, Doc Harris started work as a Visiting Instructor of Physics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He led a small group of cadets and officers in creating a computer simulation of black hole orbital dynamics in the Milky Way Galaxy. There, he was honored as a Robert T. Alexander Visiting Fellow in OCT 2015.
At the completion of the Visiting Instructorship, Doc Harris returned to Florida to become a Physics Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University.
In January of 2019, Doc Harris became an Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics at Florida Tech. He is the Faculty Advisor for the Student Rocket Society and the Florida Tech Rocketry Club.
University of Utah, Physics and Astronomy. PhD: 2016, MS: 2014.
University of Florida, Physics. BS: 2008.
Florida Tech, Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics. JAN 2019 - Present
Florida Gulf Coast University, Physics Instructor. AUG 2018 - DEC 2019.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Visiting Instructor of Physics. AUG 2016 - JUL 2018.
PHY 1001: Physics 1
PHY 2002: Physics 2
SPS 1020: Introduction to Space Science
SPS 2010: Observational Astronomy Lab
SPS 4110: Senior Space Science Lab
Other institutions - College (algebra-based) Physics 1, Calculus-based Physics 1 & 2, Introductory Astronomy, Swab Summer Math (Coast Guard math training for new cadets).
David W. Harris, James E. Toomey IV. 2022. Dauntless: The Space Force Journal. “Space Rods: Assessing Space-to-Earth Kinetic Weapon Systems”.
N. Amos, David W. Harris, & J. Hutchinson, July 2020, "Excerpts from an exploratory survey of units/dimensional analysis in introductory physics", Physics Education Research Conference 2020
David W. Harris et al., 2016. "THE COMPOSITE SPECTRUM OF BOSS QUASARS SELECTED FOR STUDIES OF THE Lyα FOREST", The Astronomical Journal
Recognition & Awards
2021 Phi Eta Sigma Excellence in Teaching Award
2020 Phi Eta Sigma Excellence in Teaching Award
2020 Student Government Association Excellence in Teaching Award
Peer Reviewer, MNRAS, 2016 - Present
Robert T. Alexander Visiting Fellow, October 2015
Physics Education Research