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Don Harriss (Fed)

UAS Technical Lead

Donald Harriss is the Senior Network Engineer for the Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL), Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division within NIST. Donald is currently researching first responder access to smart building data and associated data structures within the Public Safety Internet of Things (IoT). Donald is the architect of the PSCR Core demonstration network and, as part of this role, performs research on core networking models and technologies used in Public Safety and enterprise networks.

Donald received his Master’s of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado in Boulder and his Bachelor’s of Science in Telecommunications from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Donald also has an extensive background in packet switching, routing technologies, security middleboxes, as well as the development of deployable defense systems and global satellite data networks.


PSCR 2021: Riding the Wave of an IoT Tsunami

Gema Howell, Don Harriss, Kevin Gerard Brady
IoT device use in public safety has greatly benefited day to day operations by reducing response times and providing expedited, life-saving data for enhancing

PSCR 2020_CHARIoT Prize Challenge Discussion

Scott A. Ledgerwood, Donald L. Harriss, Paul D. Merritt, Bill Gillman, Scott Turnbull
The CHARIOT Challenge launched in early 2020 with a focus on bringing the internet of things (IOT) sensors from personal area networks, smart buildings, and
Created June 4, 2019, Updated March 1, 2023