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

"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, Professor and Chair

Professor Harris is chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. He is also the Director of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). His research and teaching interests focus on large scale infrastructure systems with a primary focus on condition monitoring and system performance. His research leverages image-based measurement techniques, simulation, visualization, and data analytics with applications in the areas of structural health monitoring, smart cities, and digital twins. Additional areas of focus include reinforced and prestressed concrete behavior, applications of innovative materials in civil infrastructure, and non-destructive evaluation. Dr. Harris’ research approach often utilizes a combination of laboratory and/or field investigations coupled with simulations.

Dr. Harris is an active member of in the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), International Digital Image Correlation Society (IDICS), and the American Society of Engineering Education.


  • Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award 2021
  • IAspire Leadership Academy Fellow 2020-2022
  • 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

Research Interests

  • Structures and Mechanics (Sustainable Infrastructure Systems)
  • Infrastructure Condition Assessment
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Smart Cities
  • Digital Twins
  • Applied Machine Learning

Selected Publications

  • "Robust Pixel-Level Crack Detection Using Deep Fully Convolutional Neural Networks " Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 33(6), 04019040. ABS Alipour, M., Harris, D. K., and Miller, G. R. (2019).
  • “Subsurface Damage Detection and Structural Health Monitoring Using Digital Image Correlation and Topology Optimization” Engineering Structures, 230, 111712. ABS Dizaji, M.S., Alipour, M., and Harris, D.K.
  • “Failure Characteristics and Ultimate Load-Carrying Capacity of Redundant Composite Steel Girder Bridges: Case Study.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, 20(3), 05014012. ABS Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2015).
  • “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. ABS 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).

Courses Taught

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

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