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Dr. John Harris

John Harris

Title: Department Chair, Professor of Engineering
School: Sciences
Academic Department: Computer Science
Academic Department: Engineering
Academic Department: Mathematics
Phone: 814-472-3082
E-mail: jharris@francis.edu
Office Location: Science Center 004
Office Hours: Mondays: 12p.m. - 2 p.m.Thursdays: 1:00p.m. - 2 p.m.Wednesdays: 12p.m. - 2 p.m.Fridays: 12p.m. - 1p.m.By appointment

Education

  • Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University
  • M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University
  • B.S. Mathematics/Chemistry, Saint Francis University

Biography

Courses Taught
  • Energy Conversion Engineering I: Mechanical & Nuclear Methods
  • Energy Conversion Engineeing II: Electro- Chemical Methods
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics
  • General Physics I & II and Labs
  • Introduction to Physics I & II and Labs
  • Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • Introduction to Physical Sciences
  • Fluid Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics
  • Nuclear Dreams and Nightmares
  • Vector Analysis and Partial Differential Equations
Research Interests
  • Development of Regional STEM Education Needs:
  • MSP Seeds Grant Mentor and Project Planner: 2010-2012
  • Math & Science Partnership Grant Mentor: 2007-2010
  • TEAMS Learning Project Summer Science Camp - Faculty & Educator Mentor: 2004-2007
  • Grant writing to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education
STEM Outreach

Development of Numerous STEM Outreach Projects:

  • Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center Originator: 2007
  • Environmental Engineering Design Academy
  • DiSepio Technology Day

Mentoring of Undergraduate Research in STEM Areas:

  • Summer 2010: Upscaling the Darcy Apparatus to Study Water Flow through Porous Material. Undergraduate students: Darci Jones & Matt Mary, Engineering majors and Colleen Stock, Computer Science & Mathematics major.
  • Summer 2009: Study of the Darcy Apparatus to Study Water Flow through Porous Material. Undergraduate students: Darci Jones & Matt Beiswenger, Engineering majors and Colleen Stock, Computer Science & Mathematics major.
  • Summer 2008: Analysis of Best Processes of Benchtop Biodiesel Production and Upscaling Techniques. Undergraduate Student: Darci Jones, Engineering major.
  • Summer 2007: Wind Data Modeling for Renewable Energy: Undergradute Student: Kurt Hoffman.
  • Summer 2006: Development of Interactive Physics Lab Modules to Enhance Real Time Sharing of Data: Undergradute Student: Alexander Yeisley, Computer Science major.
Publications/Presentations

Publications

  • Harris, J. & Felix, A. (2010). A Project-Based, STEM-Integrated Team Challenge for Elementary and Middle School Teachers in Alternative Energy. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 3566-3573). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Felix, A. & Harris, J. (2010). A Project-Based, STEM-Integrated Alternative Energy Team Challenge for Teachers. The Technology Teacher. 69(5) 29-34.
  • Harris, J. A. & McGrath, R. T. (1985) Kinetic Modeling of Plasma-Limiter Interactions in the TEXTOR Edge Region. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology-A, 3(3) 1110-1113.

Presentations

  • Physics Experiments on a Budget: MSP Seeds Workshop, 2011
  • Technology in the Classroom: MSP Seeds Workshop, 2010
  • Rocketeering: Saint Francis University Science Day, 2009, 2010
  • STEP Grant Fourth Year Review Poster Presentation: Washington D.C., March 2009
  • STEP Grant Third Year Review Poster Presentation: Washington D.C., March 2008
  • TurningPoint Training: Workshop for Elementary & Middle School Teachers, 2008, 2009
  • Mathematica Modeling in Health and Wellness: Workshop for TEAMS Project, July 2008
  • Wind Energy Project Experience: Saint Francis University Science Day, Nov 2007, 2008
Memberships/Community

Memberships:

  • MSP Seeds Project: 2011-2012
  • TEAMS Faculty Member, TEAMS Learning Project: 2004 - 2010
  • Western Pennsylvania American Association of Physics Teachers: 2004 - Present
  • Project Kaleiodoscope: Faculty for the 21st Century: 1995- Present
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: 1995 - Present
  • Teaching Scholar: Academy for the Advancement of College Teaching: 1992- Present

Community Involvement:

  • Active in Church Ministries
  • Numerous elementary and high school visits to promote Science,Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) education through presentations to students and faculty.

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