John G. Harris, Ph.D., a distinguished scholar and accomplished leader who oversaw dramatic increases in faculty and research funding as chair of University of Florida’s electrical and computer engineering department, is the new dean of Florida Tech’s College of Engineering and Science.
Harris spent 29 years at UF, including the last 11 years as department chair. He arrived in the Sunshine State after earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in computation and neural systems at California Institute of Technology.
With its small size – a total student population of about 2,400 – and more focused educational offerings, Caltech is “most similar” to Florida Tech, Harris said. “One of the things I took away from Caltech was the commitment to excellence they have. To me, it’s excellence and impact that I want to bring to Florida Tech,” he said. “I want to make Florida Tech the Caltech of the east.”