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)



Middle School-High School Outreach Activities

  • Judge, Bean Town Blitz, FIRST Robotics Competition (International High School Robotics Competition), 2005-present.
  • Financial and technical sponsor, NUTRONS High School FIRST robotics team, 2005-2008.

"The FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience—and a lot of fun.  In 2006, there were over 28,000 students on 1,133 teams in 33 events in the US, Canada, Brasil, and Israel."-

  • Organizer, Robotics Day for 9-11 year old boys and girls interested in ST&E. Twice a year boys and girls participate in an all day program visiting and judging robotics competition in the greater Boston area. Participants receive a technical brief, hands on demonstration, and the task of judging robot performance.  Typically involves 10 participants. No cost to participants. 2005-present.


High School and Undergraduate Research Activities

Dr. Harris and the Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits has an aggressive outreach program to identify and invite highly motivated and skilled high school and undergraduate students into laboratories to participate in real life and meaningful research experiences. A special effort is made to attract students who are underrepresented in the science and engineering disciplines.

The following scholarly publications resulted from interactions with high school and undergraduate students where Dr. Harris was the mentor, supervisor, and/or Director of the Center, as well as a co-author on the publications.

Peer-reviewed publications with high school student authors (in bold):

  1. A.P. Daigle, M. Geiler, A. Geiler, E. Dupre, J. Modest, Y. Chen,  C. Vittoria, and V.G. Harris, “Permeability spectra of Co2Z hexaferrite compacts produced via a modified aqueous co-precipitation technique,” J. Magn. Magn. Mater., in press (2012).
  2. Ogheneyunume Obi, Lee Burns, Yajie Chen, Trifon Fitchorov,  Samantha Kim, Kaiwei Hsu,  Donald Heiman, Laura H. Lewis, and Vincent G. Harris, “Magnetic and structural properties of heat-treated high-moment mechanically alloyed MnAlC powders,” J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 2012. under review
  3. A Daigle, J Modest, A L Geiler, S Gillette, Y Chen, M Geiler, B Hu, S Kim, K Stopher, C Vittoria and V G Harris, “Structure, morphology and magnetic properties of Mg(x) Zn(1 − x)Fe2O4 ferrites prepared by polyol and aqueous co-precipitation methods: a low-toxicity alternative to Ni(x)Zn(1 − x)Fe2O4 ferrites,” Nanotechnology 22 305708, 2011.
  4. Aria Yang, Ch. Chinnasamy, G.M. Greneche, Kailin Hsu, C. Vittoria, and V.G. Harris, "Enhanced Néel temperature in Mn-ferrite nanoparticles linked to growth rate induced cation inversion," Nanotechnology, 20, 185704 (2009).
  5.    Aria Yang, C. N. Chinnasamy, J. M. Greneche, Yajie Chen, Soack D. Yoon, Kailin Hsu,  C. Vittoria and V. G. Harris, "Large tunability of Néel temperature by growth-rate-induced cation inversion in Mn-ferrite nanoparticles," Appl. Phys. Lett., 94, 113109, 2009.
  6. Yajie Chen, Tomokazu Sakai, Taiyang Chen, Soack D. Yoon, Anton L. Geiler, Carmine Vittoria, and Vincent G. Harris, "Oriented barium hexaferrite thick films with narrow ferromagnetic resonance linewidth," Appl. Phys. Lett., 88 , 062516 (2006).
  7. Yajie Chen, Anton L. Geiler, Taiyang Chen, Tomokazu Sakai, C. Vittoria, and V. G. Harris, "Low-loss barium ferrite quasi-single-crystals for microwave application," J. Appl. Phys. 101, 09M501 (2007).
  8. C. N. Chinnasamy, Aria Yang, S. D. Yoon, Kailin Hsu, M. D. Shultz, E. E. Carpenter, S. Mukerjee, C. Vittoria, and V. G. Harris, "Size dependent magnetic properties and cation inversion in chemically synthesized MnFe2O4 nanoparticles, " J. Appl. Phys. 101, 09M509 (2007). 
  9. Y.J. Chen, T. Sakai, T.Y. Chen, et al., "Screen printed thick self-biased, low-loss, barium hexaferrite films by hot-press sintering," J. Appl. Phys., 100, 043907 (2006).
  10. S. Calvin, C.J. Riedel, E. E. Carpenter, S. A. Morrison, R. M. Stroud, and V. G. Harris, "Estimating crystallite size in polydispersed samples using EXAFS," Physica Scripta, T115, 744 (2005).
  11. S. Calvin, E. E. Carpenter, V. Cestone, L. K. Kurihara, V. G. Harris, and E. C. Brown, "Automated system for x-ray absorption spectroscopy of nanoparticle nucleation and growth,” Rev. Sci. Instr., 76, 016103 (2005).
  12. Michelle R. Tamoria, E.E. Carpenter,  M.M. Miller, J.H. Claassen, B.N. Das, L.K. Kurihara, R.K. Everett. M.A. Willard, A.C. Hsiao, M.E. McHenry, and V.G. Harris , “Magnetism, Structure and the Effects of Thermal Aging on (Fe1-xMnx)73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 Alloys,” IEEE Trans. On Magn., vol. 37, No. 4, 2264-2266 (2001).
  13. A. C. Hsiao, M. E. McHenry, D. E. Laughlin, M.R. Tamoria, and V. G. Harris, “Magnetic Properties and Crystallization Kinetics of a Mn-doped FINEMET Amorphous Alloy,” IEEE Trans. On Magn., vol. 37, No. 4, 2236-2238 (2001).
  14. M. Liou, S. Islam, D.J. Fatemi, V.M. Browning, D.J. Gillespie, and V.G. Harris, "Magnetic and transport properties of disordered La0.67Ca0.33MnO3-d processed via low-temperature solid state reaction," J. Appl. Phys., 86(3), 1607 (1999).
  15. S. Islam, M. Liou, D.J. Fatemi, V.G. Harris, V.M. Browning, and W.T. Elam, "Evolution of long-range and short-range order in (La.67Ca.33)MnO3 during solid state transformation using high-energy ball-milling," J. Synchr. Rad., 6, 773 (1999).
  16. Shaheen Islam, M. B. Liou, V. M. Browning, D. J. Gillespie, W. T. Elam, V. G. Harris, "Structural Evolution of High-Energy Ball Milled Nanocrystalline La(.67)Ca(.33)MnO(3-d) Using Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Srtucture" in Cluster and Nanostructure Interfaces, edited by P. Jena, S. Khanna abd B. K. Rao, published by Worlds Scientific Publishing, pg 61 (2000).
  17. S.K. Lee, B.N. Das, V.G. Harris, "Magnetic structure of single crystal Tb2Fe14B," J. Mag. Magn. Mater., 207, 137 (1999).
  18. V.G. Harris, M. Liou, B.N. Das, V. Browning, J.E. Snyder, M. Rubinstein, S. Lawrence, R. Littleton III and D.P. Pappas, "Structure and Magnetism of Multi-Phase Sm0.080Co0.645Fe0.276 Powders," J. Appl. Phys., 81 (5), 5121 (1997).

Peer-reviewed publications with undergraduate student authors (in bold):

1.      A.P. Daigle, M. Geiler, A. Geiler, E. Dupre, J. Modest, Y. Chen,  C. Vittoria, and V.G. Harris, “Permeability spectra of Co2Z hexaferrite compacts produced via a modified aqueous co-precipitation technique,” J. Magn. Magn. Mater., in press (2012).


2.      Yajie Chen, Ian C. Smith, Anton L. Geiler, Carmine Vittoria, Volodymyr Zagorodni,

Zbigniew Celinski, and Vincent G. Harris, "Microstructural, Magnetic and Microwave Properties of Large Area BaFeO Thick Films Deposited on /a-SiO/Si and /a-AlO/Si Substrates," IEEE Trans. on Magn., 44, No. 12, 4571 (2008).


3.     A. L Geiler, V. G. Harris, C. Vittoria, and N. X. Sun, "A quantitative model for the nonlinear response of fluxgate magnetometers," J. Appl. Phys., 99, 08B316, (2006).


4.     Yajie Chen, Anton L. Geiler, Tomokazu Sakai, Soack D. Yoon, Camine Vittoria, Vincent G. Harris, "Microwave and magnetic properties of self-biased barium hexaferrite screen printed thick films," J. Appl. Phys., 99, 08M904 (2006).


5.     J. Lou, A. Daigle, L. Chen, Y. Q. Wu, V. G. Harris, C. Vittoria, and N. X. Sun, “Single crystal Fe films grown on Ge (001) substrates by magnetron sputtering,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 112501 (2006).


6.     Q. Nguyen, C. Chinnasamy, S. Sivasubramamain, S.D. Yoon, A. Baraska, A. Busnania, S. Mukerjee, C. Vittoria, and V.G. Harris, "Functionalization of FeCo nanoparticles with highly dielectric amorphous oxide shells," J. Appl. Phys., 103 07D532 (2008).


7.     Yajie Chen, Michael J. Nedoroscik, Anton L. Geiler, Carmine Vittoria, and Vincent G. Harris, "Perpendicularly Oriented Polycrystalline BaFe11.1Sc0.9O19 Hexaferrite with Narrow FMR Linewidth," J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 91, 2952-2956 (2008).


8.     A.K. Baraskar, S.D. Yoon,  A.L. Geiler, et al., "Pulsed laser ablation deposition of nanocrystalline exchange-coupled Ni11Co11Fe67-xZr7B4Cux (x=0,1) films for planar inductor applications," J. Appl. Phys., 101,  09M519 (2007).


9.     Y.J. Chen, A.L. Geiler, T. Sakai, et al., "Microwave and magnetic properties of self-biased barium hexaferrite screen printed thick films," J. Appl. Phys., 99, 08M904 (2006).


10.   Mitra Taheri, E.E. Carpenter, V. Cestone, M.M. Miller, M.P. Raphael, M.E. McHenry, and V.G. Harris, “Magnetism and structure of ZnxFe3-xO4 films processed via spin-spray deposition,” J. Appl. Phys. 91, 7595 (2002).


11.  S. Son, M. Taheri, V.G. Harris, and M.E. McHenry, “Synthesis of ferrite and Ni-ferrite nanoparticles using rf- thermal plasma,” J. Appl. Phys. 91, 7589 (2002).


12.  F. Johnson, P. Hughes, Ryans Gallagher and V.G. Harris, “Structure and Magnetic Properties of New FeCo-based Nanocrystalline Ferromagnets,” IEEE Trans. On Magn., vol. 37, No. 4, 2261-2263 (2001).


Advisor, NEU Gordon Engineering Leadership Program

  • The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern University is an intensive, one-year graduate program directed at building a future corps of engineering leadership professionals. An immersive learning experience working with real world issues, the purpose of the program is to create Engineering Leaders - a group of people set apart by their innate abilities, outstanding character, self-esteem, ambition, technical education and acumen. The graduates of the program, “Gordon Fellows,” are trained to become an elite corps of engineers who can identify new engineering opportunities, build the team of people needed to take advantage of an opportunity and drive the opportunity to completion. -

            Advisor to Zach Modest, Gordon Fellow Class of 2008