David Harris, Ph.D. Florida Tech

David Harris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

  • Melbourne FL UNITED STATES
  • F.W. Olin Physical Sciences 233

Dr. Harris' dissertation research investigated the Baldwin Effect using a sample of 200,000 quasar spectra.

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Areas of Expertise

Economics of Mars Colonization
Physics Education Research
Space Technology

About

Dr. David "Doc" Harris is a native of Melbourne, Florida. 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, where he earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in physics and astronomy, 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.

In 2015, Dr. 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. He was honored as a Robert T. Alexander Visiting Fellow in October 2015.

At the completion of the visiting instructorship, Dr. Harris returned to Florida to become a physics Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University.

In January of 2019, he 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.

Media Assets

Media Appearances

Florida Tech Faculty Member Featured on NBC Sports Program

Florida Tech News  online

2020-06-02

David Harris, an assistant teaching professor in Florida Tech’s Department of Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences, will discuss the physics of lean angles, crashes and a particularly challenging stretch of the Laguna Seca racetrack during three upcoming appearances on the NBC Sports Network motorcycle racing program Inside MotoAmerica.

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Inside MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica  tv

2020-11-05

David Harris joins the Inside MotoAmerica show to discuss the physics of corkscrew turns. His segment starts at the 25:30 mark.

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Education

University of Utah

Ph.D.

Physics and Astronomy

University of Utah

M.S.

Physics and Astronomy

University of Florida

B.S.

Physics

Links

Selected Articles

Excerpts from an exploratory survey of units/dimensional analysis in introductory physics

Physics Education Research Conference 2020

2020

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Affiliations

  • MNRAS : Peer Reviewer

Accomplishments

Phi Eta Sigma Excellence in Teaching Award

2021

Student Government Association Excellence in Teaching Award

2020

Phi Eta Sigma Excellence in Teaching Award

2020

Robert T. Alexander Visiting Fellow

October 2015

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