Jim Harris is well versed in structural engineering practice and research. He received his BSCE from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1968, and his MSCE and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1975 and 1980, respectively. His work experience includes consulting practice in Denver from 1968 to 1973 and from 1981 to the present. He established J. R. Harris & Company in 1984. From 1975 to 1981 he was a research structural engineer at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
He has designed or evaluated over a thousand structures ranging from dwellings to high-rise buildings, including industrial facilities, buildings in the highest seismic zones, excavation bracing, renovations of historic buildings, and many others. This background spans nearly all types of construction and structural materials and includes responsibility for management of all design disciplines. His research has focused on the loading and response of structures, particularly earthquake and snow loadings. A second focus is on improving the formulation and use of engineering standards.
He is an active member of several committees that produce national standards for structural engineering practice. He has chaired the committee that produces the standard ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and its subcommittee for seismic design. He has served on and chaired the SEI Codes and Standards Activities Division Executive Committee. He has also served on the SEI Board of Governors and is a Past President of the SEI Board.
Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2012