University Distinguished Professor
W.L. Smith Chair Professor


Northeastern University

Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.

440 Dana Research Center

360 Huntington Ave.

Boston, MA 02115


Contact Information:

(617) 373-7603 (Office & Voice Mail)
(617) 373-8146 (fax)


  • University Distinguished Professor, 2011 – present. One of five (~1850 academic staff) chosen during inaugural year of program.
  • Member, AFRL Next Generation Radar Panel, 2011-present
  • Fulbright Fellow, J. William Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), 2012-2017.
  • Top 1% most cited scientists in the world from 2000-2009 with most cited 50 articles of the decade cited an average of 44.3 times as reported by "Citation Thresholds," Science Watch, May 1, 2010.
  • h-index=37, m-index=1.48, g-index=56 (August 2012)
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 2007 - present. Citation: “For contributions to the science and engineering of microwave magnetic materials.”
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (APS), 2002 - present. Citation: “For contributions to magnetism in revealing the role of atomic structure in local magnetic phenomena, including the discovery of the structural origins of magnetic anisotropy in rare earth-based amorphous alloys.”
  • Fellow, Institute of Engineering and Technology (GB), 2011 – present.
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics (IoP, GB Physical Society), 2008 – present.
  • Fellow, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Foreign Expert Program, Boatou Institute of Rare Earth Metals, 2012.
  • Fellow, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Senior International Scientists Program, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microelectronics, Beijing, CHINA, 2009
  • Northeastern University, Robert D. Klein Lecturer, 2011
  • Alumnus, LeadBoston, Boston Center for Community & Justice (BCCJ), Class of 2009.
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, 2007
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, "Advances in non rare earth containing permanent magnets," Qingdao, CHINA, Sept. 2012.
  • William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor, 2003-present
  • Featured Innovator & Entrepreneur, Center for Research Innovation, Northeastern University, 2011.
  • Chairman, Boston Chapter, IEEE Magnetics Society, 2008-present.
  • Coordinator, IEEE Magnetics Society, Distinguished Lecturer Program, 2008-2012.
  • Chairman, IEEE Magnetics Society, Honors and Awards Committee, 2012-present.
  • Awarded COE Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011.
  • Member, Sigma Xi (National Research Honor Society), 2000-present.
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2007-present.
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World, 1998-present.
  • Paper published in J. Appl. Phys. D "High coercivity cobalt carbide nanoparticles processed via polyol reaction: a new permanent magnet material" V G Harris et al J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 43 165003 was identified as 1 of 5 "most popular articles" of 2010.
  • Paper on “Magnetoelectric Tuning of Materials and Devices” was selected as the 10 most outstanding full papers in the past ten years in Advanced Functional Materials, which is also the most-accessed full paper in 2009. This paper will be included in a retrospective edition of Advanced Functional Materials which appeared in November 2010 for celebrating 10 years publishing of this journal.
  • Awarded Top Paper for 2006 by the Institute of Physics (IoP) Article published in Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter on “Defect-Mediated Magnetic Semiconductors”
  • General Chairman, International Conference on Microwave Magnetics (ICMM-10), Boston, MA, June 1-4, 2010.
  • National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship Program Finalist, 2008 (1 of 11 out of >1100 applicants).
  • Plenary Speaker, The 10th International Conference on Ferrites, Cheng-Du China, Sept. 2008.
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Microwave Materials (ICMM08), "Frontiers in Ferrite Materials Research," Fort Collins, Colorado, Sept. 12-16, 2008.
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE ROMSC 2007, "IEEE Distinguished Lecturer: Frontiers of Ferrite Materials Research," Iaşi, România, May 26-29, 2007.
  • Soren Buüs Outstanding Research Award, Northeastern University, College of Engineering, 2007.
  • Plenary speaker, IEEE Soft Magnetic Materials Conference, "Frontiers of Ferrite Materials Research: Thin Films, Nanoparticles, and Metamaterials," Cardiff, Wales, Sept. 4, 2007.
  • Recipient of the Naval Research Laboratory's Patent Award, seven times.
  • Recipient of the Naval Research Laboratory's Invention Award, seven times.
  • Research featured in NSLS Annual Report as an Applied Science Technical Highlight, 2005.
  • Awarded Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students, Northeastern University, College of Engineering, 2005.
  • Plenary speaker, 9th International Conference of Ferrites, “Frontiers in Ferrite Materials Research: Thin films and nanoparticles,” San Francisco, CA, August 2004.
  • Awarded the Naval Research Laboratory's Alan Berman Research Publication Award, four times.
  • Research featured in NSLS Annual Report as an Applied Science Technical Highlight, five times.
  • Research featured in NRL REVIEW, two times.
  • Research on Origins of Magnetic Anisotropy in Rare Earth - Transition Metal Alloys featured as a national press release by NRL, 2001.
  • Named a “Rising Star” by the ONR Materials Discovery and Invention Review, 2001.
  • Awarded Best Paper at the 8th International Conference on Ferrites (Kyoto, Japan), Sept. 18, 2000.
  • Recipient of the Naval Research Laboratory's Outstanding Performance Rating, Quality Step Increase, and Performance Award, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.
  • Recipient of the Naval Research Laboratory's Special Act Award, three times.
  • Awarded outstanding feature article in the NRL REVIEW, 1994
  • Research was featured as a national press release by Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1993
  • Research was featured as a Solid State Physics and Materials Science ‘Spotlight Item' by the National Synchrotron Light Source, 1993
  • Research was featured as a technology transfer 'Spotlight Item' by the National Synchrotron Light Source, 1993
  • Awarded Outstanding Paper at the NATO Advanced Study Institute on High Density Digital Recording, Il Ciocco, Italy, 1992
  • NAS-NAE National Research Council Research Postdoctoral Fellow, 1990-1993