David W. Harris, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, a structural and materials engineer and the principal engineer for Intelligent Concrete LLC, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Harris worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for 35+ years, involved with concrete and embankment dams’ safety, structures, and water conveyance facilities throughout the Western states. He served as staff for analysis and design projects at the Bureau. Among other positions, he was chief of the Engineering Division (Planning and O&M) and manager of the Materials Laboratory.
His first designs were in Maryland – The Towers, a 12-story condominium complex in Ocean City, stands tall today after 45 years in oceanfront use. Also, during his tenure at Texas A&M University, Harris worked for Texas Transportation Institute, helping in the development of an automated program for bridge design.
He was an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver for 15 years, and taught at the Colorado School of Mines. He has published multiple papers on concrete properties based on over 15 years of analysis of tests of mass concrete. His latest publication is a book from the education outreach of Intelligent Concrete LLC: Concrete Strength 1-2-3, A Practitioner’s Guide to Concrete Strength.
Intelligent, where Harris is principal engineer, develops products to make concrete stronger and more durable. The firm operates a CCRL-certified laboratory in Elbert, CO, and consults worldwide on concrete materials, admixtures, and concrete performance. Harris also owns David Harris Engineering and Assistance LLC, providing dam safety consultation and engineering services (e.g., currently on the Consulting Review Board for Morris Sheppard Dam).
Harris is a Life Member of ASCE and also a member of ASTM, ACI, the American Association of State Dam Safety Officials, and the United States Society on Dams.
He earned his B.S. from the University of Maryland, a Master of Engineering from Texas A&M, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He is a registered engineer in Colorado, Texas, and Nevada.