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Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He previously served as the associate provost (2008–2013) and head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2003–2008). Before coming to MIT, Prof. Harris was a NASA associate administrator, responsible for all programs, facilities, and personnel in aeronautics (1993–1995); vice president and chief administrative officer of the University of Tennessee Space Institute (1990–1993); and dean of the School of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut, Storrs (1985–1990). In academia Prof. Harris worked with industry and governments to design and build joint industry–government–university research and development programs, centers, and institutes and transferred technology effectively. Prof. Harris is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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