Associate Professor & Consulting Engineer

Coastal, Ocean & Civil Engineering and Physical Oceanography

Department of Marine & Environmental Systems

Phone: 321/674-7273

Florida Institute of Technology

FAX:   321/674-7212

150 West University Blvd.

Email:   Lharris@fit.edu

Melbourne, FL 32901  USA

Internet:  http://www.fit.edu

 

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Ocean EngineeringFlorida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.  4.0/4.0 GPA, Newell Doctoral Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. 

M.E. in Coastal and Oceanographic EngineeringUniversity of Florida,  Gainesville, FL, Minor: Civil Engineering,  3.9/4.0 GPA, Graduate Research Assistantship.

B.S. in Ocean EngineeringFlorida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.  3.9/4.0 GPA,
Graduated 1st in Ocean Engineering Class, 1972-73 S.E. Wimberley Scholar, Ocean Engineering Scholarships, 1971 Grumman Aerospace Engineering Scholarship. 

 

CERTIFICATIONS, AWARDS, & ORGANIZATIONS: 

1994 Florida Tech. College of Engineering Service Award.

1984/1985 Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology.

PADI and NAUI Certified SCUBA Diver:  Advanced, Rescue, Research, and Nitrox (EANX, Enriched Air), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Certified SCUBA diver.

Registered Professional Engineer - Civil and Coastal Engineering:  States of Florida (No. 26252), New York (No. 06315T-1), and South Carolina (No. 16981).

Memberships:  American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Association of Coastal Engineers (ACE), American and Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA & FSBPA); Coastal Education & Research Foundation (CERF), Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS, past president).

 

EXPERIENCE:

9/80-Present    Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering & Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology.  Research, classes, and consulting in coastal & ocean structures, artificial reefs, port & harbor design, hydrographic surveying, ocean engineering design, and physical oceanography.  Member, Diving Control Board & advisor for human-powered submarines.  Dept. Head (83-87), Director of the VBML (97-01).

8/77-9/80         Consulting Engineer and Surveyor, Harris Engineering & Surveying, Stuart, FL. Managed and operated a civil, coastal and ocean engineering firm performing studies, designs & permits; hydrographic & land surveys, and data collection.

11/75-7/77       Coastal Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Project Planning Branch, Jacksonville District, FL.  Beach erosion control & inlet studies, engineering plans & designs, feasibility reports, permit reviews, and project monitoring.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Harris, 2003.  Correlation between the physical structure of the nearshore reefs and the historical beach erosion/accretion in Indian River County, FL.  .  Coastal Sediments ’03,  USGS, St. Petersburg, FL.  (accepted and in preparation).

Harris, 2003.  Submerged reef structures for beach erosion control.  Coastal Structures ’03. ASCE.  (accepted and in preparation).

Harris, 2002.  Submerged artificial reef structures for environmental enhancement and coastal erosion control.  California and World Ocean ’02, Coastal Zone Foundation, Middletown, CA. 

Harris, 2001.  Submerged reef structures for habitat enhancement and shoreline erosion abatement.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal & Hydraulic Engineering Technical Note (CHETN), Vicksburg, MS (draft awaiting publication). 

Harris and Woodring, 2001.  Artificial reefs for submerged and subaerial habitat protection, mitigation and restoration.  54th Institute of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), Turks & Caicos, Is.

Harris and Zadikoff, 1999.  Concrete tetrahedrons and sand-filled geotextile containers: shoreline stabilization and other uses in developing countries.  Fifth International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC V), edited by Gary P. Mocke, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 2245-2253.

Zadikoff, Hachem, Skornick, and Harris, 1999.  A project for sustainable development of inland waterway transport along the lower Niger River from Warri to Baro, Nigeria.  Fifth International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC V), edited by Gary P. Mocke, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 2133-2145.

Zadikoff, Covello, Harris, and Skornick, 1998.  Concrete tetrahedrons and sand-filled geotextile containers: new technologies for shoreline stabilization.  International Coastal Symposium (ICS98), Journal of Coastal Research, edited by Finkl and Per Bruun, Royal Palm Beach, FL, Special Issue No. 26, pp. 261-268.

Harris, 1998.  Engineering design aspects of artificial reefs.  Florida Artificial Reef Summit ’98, edited by William Horn, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, FL, pp. 104-110.

Smith, J.T., Harris, L.E., and Tabar, J., 1998.  Preliminary evaluation of the Vero Beach, FL prefabricated submerged breakwater.  Beach Preservation Technology ’98, FSBPA, Tallahassee, FL.

Harris, 1998.  Hydrographic surveying and water level variations in the vicinity of Sebastian Inlet. 4th International Symposium on Marine Positioning (INSMAP), Melbourne, FL.

Harris, Childress, Winder, and Perry, 1998.  Real-time wave data collection system at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.  5th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting, Environment Canada, Downsview, Ontario, pp. 146-153.

Dally, W.R., Grosskopf, W.G., and Harris, L.E., 1998.  Wave climate studies for Sebastian Inlet. 5th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting, Environment Canada, Downsview, Ontario, pp. 56-70.

Trainer, Thompson, Harris, and Mesa, 1997.  Topic IV: Geotextile Characteristics, in Proceedings of the National Workshop on Geotextile Tube Applications, by Jack Davis and Mary C. Landin, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS, Wetlands Research Program Technical Report WRP-RE-17, pp. 17-25.

Harris, L.E., Mostkoff, B.J., and Zadikoff, G., 1996.  Artificial reefs:  from waste to resources.  Oceans '96, Marine Technology Society, Washington, D.C.

Harris, L.E., 1995.  Engineering design of artificial reefs.  Oceans '95, Marine Technology Society, Washington, D.C., Vol. 2, pp. 1139-1148. 

Harris, L.E., 1995.  The ocean engineering design and marine fields project courses at Florida Tech.  Oceans '95, Marine Technology Society, Washington, D.C.

Harris, L.E., 1994.  Dredged material used in sand-filled containers for scour and erosion control.  Dredging '94, American Society of Civil Engineers, N.Y., pp. 537-546.

Windsor, J.G. and Harris, L.E., 1990.  SEEAS - Science and engineering education at sea.  MTS '90, Marine Technology Society, Washington, D.C.

Harris, L.E., 1989.  Developments in sand-filled container systems for erosion control in Florida.  Coastal Zone '89, American Society of Civil Engineers, NY, pp. 2225-2233.

Harris, L.E., 1988.  Design of sand-filled container structures.  Beach Technology '88, Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Tallahassee, Florida, pp. 357-364.

Harris, L.E., 1987.  Evaluation of sand-filled containers for beach erosion control - an update of the technology.  Coastal Zone '87, ASCE, NY,  pp. 2479-2487.

Harris, L.E., 1983.  Physical and hydraulic analysis of the  St. Lucie Inlet Improvement Project prior to and during construction.  Florida Scientist, 46(3/4):233-238.

PROJECTS & STUDIES:

1.       Monitoring of XM2002 Rapidly Installed Breakwater for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal & Hydraulics Lab, Vicksburg, MS, 2002-2003.

2.       Consulting for artificial reef submerged breakwater applications along Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands for Columbia-Sussex, Kentucky, USA, 2002-present. 

3.       Consulting for cruise ship terminal on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, Islands (TCI), 2002.

4.       Consulting for coastal erosion control and development on Providenciales Grace Bay shoreline, Turks and Caicos, Islands (TCI), 2002.

5.       Monitoring of XM2001 Rapidly Installed Breakwater for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal & Hydraulics Lab, Vicksburg, MS, 2001-2002.

6.       Consulting for artificial reef submerged breakwater applications along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Caribbean shoreline, for Marenter, S.A. de C.V., Cancun, Q.R., Mexico, 2001-present. 

7.       Current measurements offshore South Creek on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, for Cockburn Sound, Ltd., 2001-2002. 

8.       Reef Transect Survey in vicinity of Sebastian Inlet, FL, funded by the Sebastian Inlet Tax District, Indialantic, FL, 2001-2002.

9.       Technical Note on Submerged reef structures for habitat enhancement and shoreline erosion abatement, funded by  Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal & Hydraulics Lab, Vicksburg, MS, 2001.

10.   Wave force analysis for Sebastian Inlet north jetty pier structure, Bridge Design Associates, West Palm Beach, FL, 2001.

11.   Development of Shallow Water Alternatives for Rapidly Installed Breakwaters, Surfbreak Engineering , Inc., Melbourne Beach, FL, 2000

12.   Consultant for the Martin County Artificial Reef Program, Stuart, FL, 2000-present.

13.   Haulover Marina Expansion Project, G.M. Selby & Assoc., Miami, FL, 2000.

14.   Shoreline Stabilization for Indian Riverside Park, Martin County, FL, 2000.

15.   Artificial Reef Installations offshore Indian River, Duval and St. Johns County, FL, 2000.

16.   Monitoring of XM1999 Rapidly Installed Breakwater for USACE, CHL, Vicksburg, MS, 1999. 

17.   Wave Data Collection offshore Martin County, FL, 1999-present.

18.   Current and Wave Data Collection offshore Provo, TCI – Port expansion and marina projects for Pardee, Ltd., Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 1998-2001.

19.   Submerged Breakwater & Artificial Reef Development for the Dominican Republic –shoreline stabilization projects for EMPACA, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1997-1999.

20.   Hydrographic survey, river training, and port development for the Niger River in Nigeria, Africa, PAWA and G. M. Selby & Associates, Miami, FL, 1997.

21.   Sebastian Inlet Wave/Weather/Tide Station –real-time wave, weather, & tide station at the Sebastian Inlet, FL, funded by the Sebastian Inlet Tax District, Indialantic, FL, 1996-present.

22.   PEP™ Reef Monitoring – Environmental & structural monitoring of the Prefabricated Erosion Prevention™ Reef submerged breakwaters for Indian River County, FL, 1996-99. 

23.   Design, permitting, and construction monitoring of the 20-row sand-filled container subsurface dune restoration system (SDRS) in Quogue, NY, 1996-97.

24.   Design and permitting of the proposed channel dredging of the Sebastian Inlet and the revetment design for Coconut Point, for the SITD, Indialantic, FL, 1996-97.

25.   Design, permitting, & construction monitoring for sand placement from upland source by truck hauling to the beaches south of Sebastian Inlet, SITD, Indialantic, FL, 1996-97.

26.   Design and Stability of Artificial Reefs – Wave tank, wind tunnel, field investigations, design, installation & monitoring of artificial reefs for environmental enhancement, wave attenuation & shoreline stabilization.  Funded by Reef Ball Development Group, Ltd., and G.M. Selby & Assoc., Inc., 1994-present. 

27.   Evaluation of Wave Models – Evaluation, testing and calibration of computer numerical models for wave prediction and transformation, funded by the Coastal Engineering Research Center (CERC) WES, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Vicksburg, MS, 1995-97.

28.   Technical review of “Part II Hydrodynamics” of the Coastal Engineering Manual, USACE, 1995-6.

29.   Inspection, design, plans & specifications, & construction supervision of repairs for the hurricane damaged splash apron at the Sebastian Inlet, SITD, Indialantic, FL, 1995-96.

30.   Invited presentation on sand-filled containers for shore protection, Workshop on Geotextile Tube Technology, Galveston, TX, sponsored by CERC, WES, USACE, 1995.

31.   Survey, installation and monitoring of the Reef BallTM artificial reef units offshore Port Canaveral, FL, with the Reef Ball Development Group, Ltd., Doraville, GA, 1995.

32.   Wave, current and underwater visibility data collection & analysis, & dive site investigations offshore Miami, FL, G.M. Selby and Associates, Miami, FL, 1994-95.

33.   Assimilation of global wave information for the CERC, WES, USACE, 1994.

34.   Current data collection & analysis, and dive site investigations offshore of Cancun and Xcaret, Mexico, for Atlantis Submarines, G.M. Selby and Associates, Miami, FL, 1994.

35.   Inspection, design, plans & specifications, construction supervision for dredging and shoreline stabilization and repairs to the south and north jetty structures, SITD, Indialantic, FL, 1994.

36.   Anchoring system design and installation of a Boeing 727-100 as an artificial reef offshore of Miami, Florida, G.M. Selby & Associates, Inc. and Metro-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management, DERM, 1992-1993.

37.   Recycled plastics in marine construction, Florida Center for Hazardous Waste Management and Recycling, 1990-1993.

38.   Wave data collection & analysis, and dive site investigations off Nassau Harbor, Bahamas, for Atlantis Submarines, G.M. Selby and Associates, Miami, FL, 1992.

39.   Monitoring of artificial reefs offshore of Miami Beach, Florida, for Metro-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM), G.M. Selby & Associates, 1991-1994.

40.   Meteorological studies of the Abaco harbor site, Bahamas, for Premier Cruise Lines, 1991.

41.   Feasibility study for underwater habitat, restaurant and hotel design and construction using FRP composites, Braswell Services, Inc., Port Canaveral, FL, 1990-1991.

42.   Current measurements at Pinellis County artificial reef sites, sponsored by HDR Engineering, Tampa, Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, 1990.

43.   United Nations Mission – consultant in physical oceanography and coastal zone management to the Trinidad and Tobago, Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), 1990.

44.   Beach outfall designs for Thailand aquaculture projects, consultant to Dr. Pat Ryan, Bechtel International, San Francisco, CA, 1990.

45.   Hydrographic study of the entrance channel and turning basin at Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas for Premier Cruise Lines, Port Canaveral, FL, 1990.

46.   Evaluation of the existing Club Nautico Marina in San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico, Environmental Planning Team, Miami, FL, 1990.

47.   Hydrographic studies and evaluation of proposed port and marina sites at Costa Turquesa and Cozumel Sur, Mexico, Environmental Planning Team, Miami, FL, 1990.

48.   Design, permitting, & construction monitoring of the 14-row sand-filled container subsurface dune restoration system (SDRS) for Caledon Shores Condo. in Vero Beach, FL, 1988-89.

49.   Core borings and sediment analysis for Ft. Pierce Harbor dredging, Marcona Ocean Industries and Florida Sun Cement Company, Ft. Pierce, FL, 1989.

50.   St. Lucie Inlet hydrodynamic monitoring study, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Coastal Data & Engineering, Inc., Stuart, FL, 1986.

51.   Development and performance of the subsurface dune restoration system (SDRS), Team Marine International Corp., Ft. Pierce, Florida, 1986.

52.   Willoughby Creek Inlet study and modifications, Port Sewall Property Owners Association, Stuart, Florida, 1986.

53.   Beach nourishment feasibility for New Port Providence, Nassau, Bahamas - Sassoon Property Developments, Inc., Nassau, Bahamas, 1985.

54.   Beach and dune erosion control studies for property owners located in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard, Volusia, Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota County, Florida; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Long Island, N.Y.; 1982-Present.

55.   Littoral Environmental Observations (LEO) of the shoreline erosion control demonstration projects for the Stuart and Jensen Causeways, USACE, Jacksonville District, FL, 1981.

56.   St. Lucie Inlet pre-construction hydraulic monitoring study, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Coastal Data & Engineering, Inc., Stuart, FL, 1980.

57.   Fort Pierce Inlet hydraulic monitoring study, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Coastal Data & Engineering, Inc., Stuart, FL, 1979.

58.   Subdivision design & layout, land & hydrographic surveys, dock & coastal construction designs & permits, septic tank permits, and misc. civil and coastal engineering 1977-1980.

59.   Project manager for beach erosion control studies for Charlotte, Sarasota, Nassau, St. Johns, Volusia, and Indian River Counties, Florida; and Matanzas, Ponce de Leon, and New Pass Inlet Improvement Projects; as a coastal engineer with the Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1975-1977.