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John Harris

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    Position: Department Chair, Professor of Engineering

    Department: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics

    Office: Science Center 004

    Email John

    814.472.3082

    About John

    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

    • Courses Taught
    • Research Interests
    • STEM Outreach
    • Publications/Presentations
    • Memberships
    • Community Involvement
    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

    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.