Dr. David Harris
Department of Science
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Dr. David Harris earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Florida in 2008. At the University of Florida, he did research concerning the distribution of molecular gas clouds in the Milky Way galaxy. He then attended the University of Utah for a combined M.S./Ph.D. program. He earned his M.S. in May of 2014 and defended his Doctoral dissertation in July 2015. At the University of Utah, Dr. Harris studied photometric image calibration techniques, assisted in the set-up and groundbreaking for the Willard Eccles Observatory at Frisco Peak, studied gravitational microlensing using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, performed Monte Carlo analyses to maximize the efficiency of the SDSS-III/BOSS program, and generated a spectrophotometric correction to correct for the atmospheric differential refraction inherent in BOSS quasar observations. His dissertation was on “Constraining Models of Quasar Diversity, e.g. the Baldwin Effect, Using Quasar Composite Spectroscopy.” He taught Introductory Astronomy at UVU in 2014. Dr. Harris joined the faculty of USCGA in 2015.
- Ph.D., University of Utah, Physics and Astronomy, 2015 (dissertation pending)
- M.S., University of Utah, Physics and Astronomy, 2014
- B.S., University of Florida, Physics, 2008