Harris Hall is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in the filed of microsystems under Prof. Victor Bright's research group in the CU-Boulder Mechanical Engineering Department. His research is directed towards the development of MEMS/NEMS mechanical switches using graphene grown through CVD.
Harris separated from active duty after nearly 10 years as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) in July 2009. He earned a commission through the Air Force ROTC at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 where he graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He was then assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology for graduate study where he completed his M.S. in E.E. with an emphasis in electro-optics and microelectronics in 2001. His M.S. thesis was directed at the control and characterization of line-addressable micromirror arrays. Upon graduating he was assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland AFB, NM where he conducted calibration of IR focal plane arrays and scientific CCD cameras for adaptive optics and performed web database programming. In Oct 2003 he was assigned to the Airborne Laser System Program Office as a program engineer in the adjunct missions division. He then moved in Dec 2004 to Edwards, AFB CA for attendance at the USAF Test Pilot School as an Experimental Flight Test Engineer, which he graduated from a year later. Harris's follow-on assignment was to the F-22 Combined Test Force, 411th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB where he was a test conductor and test director for the F-22 flight test program. He left in June 2009 as Asst Director of Operations/Chief Flight Test Engineer prior to joining Prof Bright's research group.
Harris was awarded a 2009 DoD SMART scholarship (4-year) to conduct his doctoral studies at CU-Boulder. His sponsoring agency is the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH which he is expected to support as a government civilian after graduation. He is also a Major in the USAF Reserve assigned to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board as an Individual Mobility Augmentee (IMA). Harris is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and is a licenced PE (Electrical) in New Mexico.
Research Projects: Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Enabled Nano Electromechanical Systems (NEMS)