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Devin K. Harris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA – U.S.A.




Dr. Harris is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Virginia. He arrived at the UVa during the summer of 2012 and prior to this appointment he was on the faculty at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Harris received his B.S. (1999) in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) and his M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA).

Dr. Harris’s primary expertise is in structural engineering, with a focus on bridges, materials and transportation infrastructure. His research activities have spanned a variety of topics, but primarily include in-service evaluation of bridge behavior, image-based metrology and condition assessment, structural health monitoring, reinforced and prestressed concrete behavior, and the application of innovative materials in civil infrastructure. In his research, he often utilizes a combination of laboratory experiments, field investigations and finite element modeling in his research. In recent years, much of his work has focused on the development and deployment of non-invasive methods to characterize the health and condition of transportation infrastructure system using techniques such as digital image correlation, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. Dr. Harris’s research group, MOB Lab, includes a diverse group of graduate (Ph.D. and M.S.) and undergraduate researchers and scholars.

Dr. Harris teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of civil engineering materials and structural design. In addition, he serves as the advisor for the American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team. Within his professional community Dr. Harris is an active member of a variety of bridge, materials, and education related committees within the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Transportation Research Board. Within ACI, Dr. Harris was recognized with the 2011 ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement for his contributions to advancing concrete technology transfer and mentoring future concrete professionals.


Dr. Harris is a native of Philadelphia, but spent much of his childhood in the Caribbean. He is married to Arlene Harris and has a daughter, Naomi Harris. During his free time, he enjoys a variety of activities including boating, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. He is also an avid college sports fans with ties to the University of Florida, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia.