University of Virginia
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thornton Hall D216
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400742
Dr. Harris joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Virginia in July 2012. He had a prior appointment at Michigan Technological University as the Donald F. and Rose Ann Tomasini Assistant Professor in structural engineering. Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2007 and 2004, respectively and his B.S. from the University of Florida in 1999. His research and teaching interests include bridge behavior, condition assessment and structural health monitoring, reinforced and prestressed concrete behavior, the application of innovative materials in civil infrastructure, and railroad engineering. Dr. Harris’ research approach often utilizes a combination of laboratory and field investigations and finite element modeling.
Dr. Harris is involved in the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and the National Society of Black Engineers.
ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement (2011) – American Concrete Institute
Howard E. Hill Outstanding Faculty of the Year (2008-2009) – Michigan Technological University
- Bridge Engineering and Behavior
- Condition Assessment
- Structural Health Monitoring
- Innovative Materials for Infrastructure
Research and Publications
Ahlborn, T.M., Vaghefi, K., Harris, D.K., Brooks, C.N. (2011—accepted). “Measuring and Communicating Bridge Performance with Remote Sensing Technologies”. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
Vaghefi, K., Oats, R., Harris, D. K., Ahlborn, T. M., Brooks, C. N., Endsley, K. A., Roussi, C., Shuchman, R., Burns, J. W., Dobson, R. (2011—in press) “Evaluation of Commercially Available Remote Sensors for Highway Bridge Condition Assessment”. ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering – SP: NDE/NDT for Bridge Inspection and Evaluation. Preview available at: http://ascelibrary.org/beo/.
Harris, D.K., Sarkar, J., and Ahlborn, T.M. (2012). “Interface Bond Characterization of Ultra-High Performance Concrete Overlays.” Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Concrete Materials 2011, TRR No. 2240, 40-49.
Ahlborn, T.M., Harris, D.K., Misson, D.L., and Peuse, E.J. (2012). “Strength and Durability Characterization of Ultra-High Performance Concrete Under Variable Curing Conditions.” Transportation Research Record, Design of Structures, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Structures 2011, TRR No. 2251, 68-75.