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Vincent Harris
Northeastern University

Vincent Harris has had a distinguished career as an engineer, scientist, inventor, educator, and entrepreneur for almost 30 years. He presently holds positions of University Distinguished Professor and William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor at Northeastern University (NEU). 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 U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. His professional preparation includes the Ph.D. (EE, NEU), M.Sc. (MSE, NEU), M.Sc. (Eng. Mgt., U. Md.), M.Eng. (Exec. Tech. Mgt., U. Penn, Wharton), and B.Sc. (ME, NEU) degrees. His research interests encompass a wide range of functional materials and their applications in devices and systems used principally as sensors, radar and communication platforms, nanotechnology, power electronics, and medical diagnostics and therapeutics. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed science and engineering articles, including book chapters, review articles, and technical feature articles that have been cited more than 15,000 times. Additionally, he holds 20 or more patents or patent applications. Harris has been recognized with national and international awards for scholarship including: the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, Distinguished Scientist Award; the Lee Hsun Research Award and Lectureship for Seminal Contributions to Materials Science by the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Distinguished Visiting Professorships at the Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; University of Electronic Science and Technology of China; Huazhong University of Science and Technology; and, the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka where he served as a Fulbright Fellow. As well as Visiting Professorships at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Harris has been elevated to Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Physical Society, among other prestigious societies. He routinely serves as an expert to Congress, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Energy, DARPA, the DOD tri-services, National Science Foundation, NAS/NAE, NASA, and other government agencies on topics of critical materials, nanotechnology, quantum science and engineering, RF technologies, and effective translation of federal investments in R&D to the private sector. Vincent Harris is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

State Department Profile

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES)
Environmental Quality Office (ENV)

Vince Harris is committed to promoting awareness of environmental threats and encouraging positive changes in policy that lead to sustainability and environmental conservation. As a Jefferson Science Fellow, he works within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) and the Office of Environmental Quality (ENV) to help shape U.S. positions in international negotiations regarding recycling, end-of-life plastics, circular economy, and critical materials supply dynamics. He works across offices to monitor the impact of China's domestic and international policies, and specifically, China's National Sword, Belt Road Initiative, and rare earth element supply chain supremacy to regional and global environmental ecosystems, trade and markets, and regional political stability.