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Harris, James R.

Harris, James R

James R. Harris, PH.D., P.E., F.SEI, NAE, M.ASCE

Technical Region Director Official Nominee

Vision Statement
Responses to TRD Questions

Biographical Statement


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, 1980
  • MSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1975
  • BSCE, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1968

Work Experience

  • J. R. Harris & Company, Denver, CO, Founder and Principal, 1984-present
  • Structural Consultants, Inc., Denver, CO, Principal, 1981-1984
  • National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD, Research Structural Engineer, 1975-1981
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, 1973-1975
  • Zeiler and Gray, Denver, CO, Engineer and Associate, 1969-1973
  • Ken R. White Co., Denver, CO, Engineer, 1968-1969

ASCE Involvement

  • Colorado Section, Assistant Secretary, 1972
  • National Capital Section, Younger Member Forum Officer, 1977-1980
  • Colorado Section, Chair of Structural Technical Group, 1985-1987
  • Colorado Section, Director, 1986-1987
  • Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures – Standard ASCE 7
    o Member of committee, 1985-present
    o Chair of task committee for earthquake loads, 1993 and 1995 editions
    o Chair of main committee, 1998, 2002, and 2005 editions
    o Seismic, General Requirements, and Load Combinations subcommittees
  • Loads on Structures During Construction – Standard ASCE 37
    o Member of committee, 1988-2003 and 2006-present
    o Chair of loads subcommittee, 1992-1994
  • International Standards Organization, Technical Committee 98 “Actions on Structures,” delegate from ASCE, 1995-present
  • Structural Engineering Institute, Codes and Standards Executive Committee, 1998-2007; Chair 2003
  • Pentagon 9/11 Performance Assessment, Member of core team 2001-2002; consultant to team for World Trade Center Performance Assessment
  • Structural Standards Liaison Committee, now Structural Standards Coordinating Committee, 2001-2003 and 2013-present
  • Structural Engineering Institute, Board of Governors, 2004-2011, President, and delegate to Technical Region Board of Governors, 2007-2009
  • Off-Maule (Chile) Earthquake, member of building performance assessment team, 2010
  • Fiber Composites and Polymers – Standard Committee, member 2011-present

Other Volunteer Activities  

  • American Concrete Institute
    o ACI 318 (Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete), 1989-present
    o Fellows Nominating Committee, 1995-2000
    o Board of Directors, 2011-2014
    o Financial Advisory Committee, 2011-present
    o ACI 132 (Responsibility in Concrete Construction), 2011-present
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
    o Member, Technical Committee on Provisions for Seismic Design, 1991-present
    o Specifications Committee, 1997-2003
    o Chair, Blast and Impact Resistant Design for Steel Structures, 1999-2003
  • Applied Technology Council
    o Spitak, Armenia earthquake of 1988, reconnaissance team, joint appointment with Prestressed Concrete Institute
    o SAC Phase II, member of project oversight committee, 1997-2000
    o Board of Directors, 2004-2010; President, 2008
  • Building Seismic Safety Council
    o Chair, Committees to plan and manage program of trial designs to evaluate the ATC 3 “Tentative Provisions for Seismic…”, 1981-1984
    o Chair, Committee that developed first edition (1985) of FEMA’s “Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings”
    o Provisions Update Committee, 1986-present, also member and chair of numerous subcommittees
    o Retrofit of Existing Buildings Committee, 1989-1992
    o Multihazard Mitigation Council steering committee, 1997-1999
    o Code Resources Support Group, 1998-2014
  • Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado
    o Structural-Geotechnical Forum, 1987-1988
    o Membership and Career Committee, 1988-1991
  • Mid-American Earthquake Engineering Research Center, Executive Advisory Board, 1999-2008; Chair, 2002-2003
  • National Institute for Standards and Technology
    o Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazard Reduction, 2007-2011
    o Participant, Workshops on Disaster Resilience, 2011-2012
  • Portland Cement Association: Concrete Technology Advisory Council, 2003-2008
  • Structural Engineers Association of Colorado
    o Snow load committee; working member and co-author “Snow Load Design Data for Colorado”, 1971
    o Denver Building Code Liaison Committee, 1983-present
    o Professional Practice Committee, produced “A Guide to Consulting Structural Engineering Services in Colorado”, 1986-1987
    o Board of Directors 1988-1991; President, 1990
    o Chair, Charter revision committee, 1991-1992
    o Chair, Seismic standards committee, 1993-present
    o Delegate to NCSEA, 1993-1996
    o Snow Load Committee, 1998-present
  • The Masonry Society: Board of Directors 2004-2008
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering: Professional Advisory Board, 1995-2003