has had a distinguished career as an engineer,
scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and leader of
engineers and scientists for 25 years. He presently holds the
position of University Distinguished Professor
and William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor at Northeastern University (Boston, MA USA).
Prior to holding these positions, he was a
member of the technical staff, Head of the
Complex Materials Section, and Head of the
Materials Physics Branch at the Naval Research
Laboratory (Washington D.C. USA). From 1990-1993 he held the position of National Research Council Fellow at the NRL. During 2008-2010, he held a guest appointment at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA USA) as Professor of the National Security Institute.
His professional preparation includes the Ph.D. (NU-EE), M.Sc. (NU-ME, MSE), M.Sc. (U. Md.-Eng. Mgt.), M.Eng. (U. Penn.-Exec. Tech. Mgt.), and B.Sc. (NU-ME) degrees. His research interests encompass materials design and the study of processing, structure and magnetism in a wide range of electronic materials, devices and systems used principally in high frequency applications such as sensors, radar and communication systems and platforms. He is responsible for the development of game-changing advances in microwave passive devices, power inductors, multiferroics, metamaterials, smart materials, and Spintronics.
He has published more than 350 technical articles in peer-reviewed science and engineering journals, including book chapters, review articles, and invited technical feature articles on the topical areas of nanotechnology, magnetism, and microwave materials and devices. Additionally, he holds more than 20 patents or patent applications, and has presented more than 300 papers at national and international meetings, including more than 100 by specific invitation.
Harris has been recognized with national and international awards for scholarship including the TMS Functional Materials Division (FMD) Distinguished Scientist Award for 2016 (and an accompanying TMS 2017 Honorary Symposium in his name); named to the DeTao Masters Academy (Shanghai and Beijing, China); recipient of the Lee Hsun Research Award and Lectureship on Materials Science by the Institute of Metals Research - Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013); the Zhong-Guan Cun Lectureship Award on Condensed Matter Physics, 114th Lecture, Institute of Physics - Chinese Academy of Sciences (2007); Senior Fellow of the J. William Fulbright International Scholar Program (2012-2017); Fellow of the Foreign Expert Program, Chinese State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs, Baotou Rare Earth Research Institute, Inner Mongolia; Visiting Professor, Senior International Scientists Program, Institute of Microelectronics - Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009); Visiting Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) (2014-2017); Visiting Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) (2014-2017); Visiting Professor of the Materials and Structures Laboratory (MSL), Tokyo Institute of Technology - Yokohama (2013); and, Visiting Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sensors Directorate, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton OH USA.
In 2007, Harris was named a Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Magnetics Society on the topic of Frontiers in Ferrite Materials and High Frequency Devices . He is recognized as the foremost authority on this topic and is often invited to review and provide his perspective on the future of this field for the physics, engineering, materials science and business communities. More than 300 international trade journals, magazines, news outlets, and websites have reported his research breakthroughs.
Vincent Harris has also assumed a multiplicity of leadership roles throughout his career including entrepreneur where he has created laboratories, research consortia, research centers, and five start-up companies.
In 2012 (and 2013) Harris was featured by Northeastern University's Center for Research Innovation as its inaugural year Innovator & Entrepreneur during Entrepreneurship Week - 2012. In 2013, he was featured as an expert panelist on Student - Faculty Partnerships for Entrepreneurship. In 2013, Harris provided testimony as an expert panelist to the Senate Subcommittee on Acquisitions: Commerce, Science and State on the topic of "Successful transition of federal agency basic research investment to private sector transformative technology". For these activities, in 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Translational Research Award from the NEU College of Engineering.
He routinely serves as an expert panelist for the Department of Energy, DARPA, Air Force, Navy, Army, National Science Foundation, National Academies of Sciences and Engineering (NAS/NAE), NASA, and other government agencies on topics of nanotechnology, magnetism and magnetic materials, and RF technologies.
Vincent Harris is a veteran of the U.S. Coast
Guard having been honorably discharged in 1985.