David W. Harris, PhD, PE, F. SEI, F. ASCE

Title: Senior Project Engineer
Company: Integral Engineering Co.
Location: Elizabeth, Colorado, United States

David W. Harris, Ph.D., PE, F. SEI, F. ASCE, Senior Project Engineer at Integral Engineering Co., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil and structural engineering and design.

Dr. Harris is a civil and structural engineer with more than four decades of expertise in large-scale architectural and infrastructure projects. His fascination with engineering began as a child, and he recalls spending hours playing with an erector set and building sandcastles at the beach just to test the strength of their walls. He attended the University of Maryland College Park, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1973, and completed a Master of Engineering in Structural and Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University the following year. Dr. Harris was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in structural and geotechnical analysis at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1985 and is a Registered Professional Engineer in four states. He began his career in 1973, advancing to Chief of the Engineering Division of the United States Bureau of Reclamation in 1990, moving to become Chief of the Bureau’s Resource Operations and Policy Division in 1992, and Chief of the Materials Laboratory in 1994. Dr. Harris remained with the United States Bureau of Reclamation until 2006, overseeing a wide variety of dam analysis and reconstruction projects, site analysis and monitoring, training and standards adoption, and testing and sourcing of materials. Dr. Harris is well-regarded as a principal investigator in his field and is the primary author of more than half a dozen major reports on concrete applications and integrity, including the United States Bureau of Reclamation report “Evaluation of Nonlinear Material Models in Concrete Dam Finite Element Models,” 2014, and “Dynamic Properties of Mass Concrete Obtained from Dam Cores,” 2000, a publication of the American Concrete Institute.

Between 2015 and 2020, Dr. Harris served as the principal engineer for Intelligent Concrete, LLC, and offered independent consulting services as the owner of David Harris Engineering and Assistance. Currently, he is a senior project engineer for Integral Engineering Co., a Denver-based firm with a portfolio including the iconic Denver International Airport main hall and Coors Field rooftop deck redevelopment projects. Dr. Harris’ passion for engineering extends to education: he has spent more than 15 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver and the Colorado School of Mines, was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Colorado MESA, a STEM education advocacy group, and wrote “Truss Fun: An Introduction to Civil Engineering for High School Students,” a curriculum for grades 9-12. In recognition of his career accomplishments, Dr. Harris has been presented with a 2001 Meritorious Service Award from the Department of the Interior, the second-highest honor presented by the organization, and service awards from the American Consulting Engineers Council and Colorado MESA. He is a fellow of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers. In his leisure time, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with his wife and their horses, writing songs, and playing the guitar.


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