Mike Harris is the Associate Dean for Engagment and Undergraduate Education and the Reilly Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Harris's research is in the areas of nanomaterials, colloids and interacial phenomena, transport phenomena, particle science and technology, microwave sensing of pharmaceutical powders, solidification of drug/excipient matrices, environmental control technology, and electrodispersion precipitation processes. Prior to joining Purdue in 2002, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the author of 97 publications and 11 patents. At Purdue he has supervised 22 PhD students, of whom ten have been female and three have been African American. He earned his BS at Mississippi State University, and his MS and PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville -- all in chemical engineering.