Jason T. Harris, Ph.D. 

Research Interests/Training Areas

  • Occupational and public radiation exposure from nuclear power
  • Nuclear power reactor and environmental health physics
  • Nuclear security, nonproliferation and safeguards
  • Radiation detection and instrumentation for reactor and accelerator applications


Dr. Jason T. Harris is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University. From 2008-2015 he was an Assistant, then Associate, Professor at Idaho State University (ISU) in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics. Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in health physics, a M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in nuclear engineering, and a B.S. in biology and marine science from the University of. Dr. Harris has nearly 15 years of experience as the primary instructor for courses in Health Physics and Nuclear Engineering, including diverse subjects such as radiation detection and instrumentation, health physics, radiation physics, laboratory experimentation, nonproliferation, and nuclear security.  Dr. Harris also holds a joint appointment with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and served as the ISU Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES).  As part of his research activities, Dr. Harris participates in a number of areas related to environmental and reactor health physics, accelerator applications, radiation detection and measurement, nonproliferation, and nuclear security.

Recent / Representative Publications

KYNE, D. and HARRIS, J. A Longitudinal Study of human Exposure to Potential Nuclear Power Plant Risk. Int J Disaster Risk Sci, December 2015, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 399-414.

Hawkley, G., Whicker J., and J. Harris. Observations on Using Inside Air Concentrations as a Predictor of Outside Air Concentrations. Health Phys. 108(4): 465-468; 2015.

Rane, S., Harris, J., and V. Starovoitova. 47Ca production for 47Ca/47Sc generator system using electron linacs.  Appl. Radiat. Isot. 2015 Mar; 97:188-92.

Warren, GA, KK Anderson, JA Kulisek, Y Danon, A Weltz, A Gavron, JT Harris, and T Stewart. 2013. “Lead Slowing Down Spectrometry Analysis of Data from Measurements on Nuclear Fuel.” Nuclear Science and Technology, Volume 179, No. 3. March 2015, Pg 264-273. 

Troy Unruh, Benjamin Chase, Joy Rempe, David Nigg, George Imel, Jason Harris, Todd Sherman, Jean-Francois Villard, “In-core Flux Sensor Evaluations at the ATR Critical Facility,” Nuclear Technology, MS NTECH-S-13-00170, Volume 187, No. 3. September 2014, Pg 308-315.

Harris, J. Information Security of Nuclear Systems. Advances in Systems Science. Proceedings of the International Conference on Systems Science 2013 (ICSS 2013). Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Vol. 240. Swiątek, J.; Grzech, A.; Swiątek, P.; Tomczak, J.M. (Eds.) 2014, XVI, 807 p. 273 illus.

MacMillan, W., Brey, R., and Harris, J. Particle Size Characterization Of Aerosols Generated During Surface Contaminated Concrete Demolition. Health Phys. 104(5): S83-S86; 2013.

Khalaf, M., Brey, R., Harris, J., Derryberry, D., and G. Tabatadze. Monte Carlo Simulation of In-vivo Measurement of the Most Suitable Knee Position for the Optimal Measurement of Activity. Health Phys. 104(4): 405-412; 2013.

Harris, J. T. Radiological Releases and Environmental Monitoring at Commercial Nuclear Power Plants, in Nuclear Power– Operation, Safety and Environment. Textbook. ISBN: 978-953-307-185-5. Book Chapter. InTech – Open Access Publisher, Croatia, 2012

Harris, J. T. and Miller D. W. Radiological effluents released by U.S. commercial nuclear power plants from 1995-2006. Health Phys. 95(6): 734-743; 2008.cade.cfm?alias=cannon6

Jason Harris

Interim Head and Associate Professor of Health Physics

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