Department of Marine & Environmental Systems
Florida Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering
M.E. in Coastal and Oceanographic
B.S. in Ocean Engineering –
Graduated 1st in Ocean Engineering Class, 1972-73 S.E. Wimberley Scholar, Ocean Engineering Scholarships, 1971 Grumman Aerospace Engineering Scholarship.
CERTIFICATIONS, AWARDS, & ORGANIZATIONS:
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.
Engineer - Civil and Coastal Engineering:
Memberships: American Society of Civil Engineers
(ASCE); Association of Coastal Engineers (ACE), American and
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.
Correlation between the physical structure of the nearshore reefs and the
historical beach erosion/accretion in
Harris, 2003. Submerged reef structures for beach erosion control. Coastal Structures ’03. ASCE. (accepted and in preparation).
Submerged artificial reef structures for environmental enhancement and
coastal erosion control.
Submerged reef structures for habitat enhancement and shoreline erosion
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
Dally, W.R., Grosskopf, W.G., and Harris, L.E., 1998. Wave climate studies for
Trainer, Thompson, Harris, and
Harris, L.E., Mostkoff, B.J., and Zadikoff, G., 1996. Artificial reefs: from waste to resources. Oceans '96, Marine Technology Society,
Harris, L.E., 1995.
Engineering design of artificial reefs. Oceans '95, Marine Technology Society,
Harris, L.E., 1995.
The ocean engineering design and marine fields project courses at Florida
Tech. Oceans '95, Marine Technology Society,
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.
Harris, L.E., 1989.
Developments in sand-filled container systems for erosion control in
Harris, L.E., 1988.
Design of sand-filled container structures. Beach Technology '88,
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.
PROJECTS & STUDIES:
Monitoring of XM2002 Rapidly
Installed Breakwater for
2. Consulting for artificial reef submerged breakwater applications along Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands for Columbia-Sussex, Kentucky, USA, 2002-present.
Consulting for cruise ship
Consulting for coastal
erosion control and development on
Monitoring of XM2001 Rapidly
Installed Breakwater for
Consulting for artificial
reef submerged breakwater applications along
offshore South Creek on
8. Reef Transect Survey in vicinity of Sebastian Inlet, FL, funded by the Sebastian Inlet Tax District, Indialantic, FL, 2001-2002.
Technical Note on Submerged
reef structures for habitat enhancement and shoreline erosion abatement, funded
by Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal
& Hydraulics Lab,
Wave force analysis for
Development of Shallow Water
Alternatives for Rapidly Installed Breakwaters, Surfbreak Engineering , Inc.,
12. Consultant for the Martin County Artificial Reef Program, Stuart, FL, 2000-present.
Haulover Marina Expansion
Project, G.M. Selby & Assoc.,
Shoreline Stabilization for
Monitoring of XM1999 Rapidly
Installed Breakwater for USACE, CHL,
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.
Submerged Breakwater &
Artificial Reef Development for the
20. Hydrographic survey, river training, and port development for the Niger River in Nigeria, Africa, PAWA and G. M. Selby & Associates, Miami, FL, 1997.
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.
Design and permitting of the
proposed channel dredging of the
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.
Inspection, design, plans
& specifications, & construction supervision of repairs for the
hurricane damaged splash apron at the
Invited presentation on
sand-filled containers for shore protection, Workshop on Geotextile Tube
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.
Wave, current and underwater
visibility data collection & analysis, & dive site investigations
33. Assimilation of global wave information for the CERC, WES, USACE, 1994.
Current data collection
& analysis, and dive site investigations offshore of
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.
Recycled plastics in marine
Wave data collection &
analysis, and dive site investigations off
Monitoring of artificial
reefs offshore of
Meteorological studies of
the Abaco harbor site,
41. Feasibility study for underwater habitat, restaurant and hotel design and construction using FRP composites, Braswell Services, Inc., Port Canaveral, FL, 1990-1991.
Current measurements at
Beach outfall designs for
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.
Hydrographic studies and
evaluation of proposed port and marina sites at Costa Turquesa and Cozumel Sur,
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.
Core borings and sediment
St. Lucie Inlet hydrodynamic
monitoring study, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
51. Development and performance of the subsurface dune restoration system (SDRS), Team Marine International Corp., Ft. Pierce, Florida, 1986.
Willoughby Creek Inlet study
and modifications, Port Sewall Property Owners Association,
feasibility for New Port Providence,
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.
Observations (LEO) of the shoreline erosion control demonstration projects for
the Stuart and Jensen Causeways, USACE,
St. Lucie Inlet
pre-construction hydraulic monitoring study, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Fort Pierce Inlet hydraulic
monitoring study, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
58. Subdivision design & layout, land & hydrographic surveys, dock & coastal construction designs & permits, septic tank permits, and misc. civil and coastal engineering 1977-1980.
Project manager for beach
erosion control studies for