Joshua Harris (B.S. Aerospace Engineering ‘14, Texas A&M University) was selected by the College of Engineering as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Outstanding Engineering Master of Science Graduate Student Award, out of a total of 1,134 currently enrolled MS students in the College of Engineering.
This award was created to recognize current graduate students who have demonstrated excellence above and beyond usual levels of achievement for their field. Candidates are evaluated by faculty in the College of Engineering on the basis of scholastic achievements, leadership, service and character. Recipients receive a commemorative memento of recognition and a monetary award of $5,000 as a one-time scholarship.
Joshua is a graduate research assistant in VSCL since his freshman year and has contributed to essentially every research program since that time. He has been working with his advisor, Dr. John Valasek, for six years. Harris earned bachelor’s in aerospace engineering Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M in 2014. He is a recipient of the National Defense Science Engineering Graduate Fellowship, the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship, the FAA PEGASAS Center of Excellence Outstanding Student Researcher Award, and the Sigma Gamma Tau Outstanding Texas A&M University Aerospace Engineering Senior for 2014. Harris is currently a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Intelligent Systems Technical Committee. This semester he will be defending his master’s thesis “Nonlinear Adaptive Inversion Control for Variable Stability Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems”. He has accepted a position as a Software Engineer with the Flight Control/VMS Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, TX.