B.S. ​University of Florida, 1999M.S. Virginia Tech, 2004​Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 2007​

"My research has direct real-world applications as my group strives to develop novel approaches to evaluate the performance of the built environment."

Devin K. Harris, Associate Professor

Dr. Harris is currently an Associate Professor in the Engineering Systems and Environment Department at the University of Virginia. He joined the program as an Assistant Professor in July 2012. He is also the Director of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) and the Faculty Director of the Clark Scholars Program. In his prior academic appointment at Michigan Technological University he was the Donald F. and Rose Ann Tomasini Assistant Professor in structural engineering. His research and teaching interests include bridge behavior, image-based measurement techniques, crowd-sourcing, data analytics, condition assessment and structural health monitoring, reinforced and prestressed concrete behavior, the application of innovative materials in civil infrastructure, and railroad engineering. Dr. Harris’ research approach often utilizes a combination of laboratory and field investigations and finite element modeling.

Dr. Harris is involved in the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), International Digital Image Correlation Society (IDICS), American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and the National Society of Black Engineers.


  • Outstanding Reviewer - American Society of Civil Engineering - Journal of Bridge Engineering 2013
  • Excellence in Diversity Fellowship - University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center 2012-2013
  • ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement - American Concrete Institute 2011
  • Howard E. Hill Outstanding Faculty Member - Department of Civil an Environmental Engineering – Michigan Technological University 2008-09

Research Interests

  • Smart Buildings/Cities
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Machine Learning
  • Materials Characterization
  • Structures and Mechanics (Sustainable Infrastructure Systems)
  • Advanced materials for transportation applications
  • Infrastructure Engineering/Transportation Studies

Selected Publications

  • “Evaluation of Commercially Available Remote Sensors for Highway Bridge Condition Assessment”. ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering – Special Issues: Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing for Bridge Inspection and Evaluation, 17(6), 886-895. Vaghefi, K., Oats, R., Harris, D. K., Ahlborn, T. M., Brooks, C. N., Endsley, K. A., Roussi, C., Shuchman, R., Burns, J. W., Dobson, R. (2012).
  • “Redundancy and Operational Safety of Composite Stringer Bridges with Deteriorated Girders.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 30(6), 04015022. Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2015).
  • “Failure Characteristics and Ultimate Load-Carrying Capacity of Redundant Composite Steel Girder Bridges: Case Study.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, 20(3), 05014012. Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2015).
  • “Synthesis of Field Performance of Remote Sensing Strategies for Condition Assessment of In-Service Bridge in Michigan” ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000844, 04016027. Harris, D.K., Brooks, C.N., and Ahlborn, T.M. (2016).
  • “Performance and Behavior of Hybrid Composite Beam Bridge in Virginia – Live Load Testing.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 21(6), Vol. 21, Issue 6, 04016022. Harris, D.K., Civitillo, J. M., and Gheitasi, A. (2016).

Courses Taught

  • CE 3700 - Properties and Behavior of Materials
  • CE 6310 - Prestressed Concrete Design
  • CE 6500 - Introduction to Bridge Engineering and Design
  • CE 3330 - Introduction to Design of Structural Systems

Featured Grants & Projects

  • Performance Characteristics of In-Service Bridge for Enhancing Load Ratings Leveraging Refined Analysis Methods

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Year: 2018-present Sponsor: Virginia Transportation Research Council In this investigation, our team is focused on the exploration refined methods of structural analysis to aid in the evaluation of Virginia Bridges subjected to new federal requirements with respect to load rating for SHVs and Emergency Vehicles.

  • Preserving Coastal Infrastructure through the Design and Implementation of Image-Based Structural Health Monitoring (iSHM)

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Year: 2016-present Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center – University Transportation Center In this investigation, my research group is explore novel image-based measurement approaches to quantity the response of structural systems under operational conditions. These image-based approaches utilize cameras to describe full-field deformation of structures under road, a result that cannot be achieved using traditional sensing.