Dr. John (Jay) L. Harris, III is a research structural engineer in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His research interests include earthquake engineering, performance-based seismic engineering, seismic design of structural systems, alternative seismic engineering philosophies, structural steel structures, base isolation, and development of building code seismic provisions.
Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Harris was an Associate with WSP Cantor Seinuk in New York City. He has over 10 years of practicing experience. While a practicing structural engineer, he specialized in analysis and design of tall buildings for wind and earthquake effects. He was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Manhattan College teaching graduate-level steel design. He has authored numerous papers in the area of earthquake engineering.
Dr. Harris is a member of the ASCE 7 Seismic Subcommittee (General Provisions, TC-2), ASCE Methods of Design committee, the CTBUH Working Group on Seismic Design, corresponding member of AISC Seismic Provisions committee (TC-9) and AISC Committee on Manuals and Textbooks, and SSRC Committee on 2nd Order Inelastic Analysis (TG-4). He is a member of EERI, SEAOC, NZSEE, ASCE, ACI, AISC, SSRC, and ICC. He is a licensed structural and professional engineer in several states.