This year’s honored alumnus for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology is Brigadier General David A. Harris. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this lecture, entitled "Performance and Control," in 140 JSB, Thurs. Oct. 10 at 11 a.m.
The words 'Enter to Learn—Go Forth to Serve' on the display entering campus have added meaning for David A. Harris who chose a military career. In 2010, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to be a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force. He started with flight training then became an electronic warfare officer in the EF-111 radar jamming aircraft and later served as an instructor and evaluator. After graduating from test pilot school, he was an experimental flight test navigator and flight commander for the B-1 bomber and also took part in the development of remotely piloted aircraft.
Harris later served as director of the Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force and has commanded the 419th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base. Serving as deputy director, he later led the materials and manufacturing directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has also commanded the 46th Test Group at Holloman Air Force Base and the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base.
His recognitions include the R.L. Jones Award for being the highest ranked graduate at the U.S. Air Force test pilot school, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. After graduating from BYU in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree, Harris received a master of science degree from California State University and the U.S. Air Force Air War College.
Harris and his wife Valene Healey Harris live in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and together they have four daughters.