Dr. Harris’ research is focused on exploring the connectivity between thin film quality and its functionality, durability, and performance, based on its manufacture. Her aim is to elucidate mechanisms that cause system failure, which may have been initiated at the manufacturing stage. With the use of numerical simulations and experimentation, she has introduced unique models and approaches to predict and control the quality of thin films processed on permeable and impermeable substrates. By addressing the associated complex fundamental problems, she aims to impact a plethora of industries and fields such as energy, electronics, and environmental. Dr. Harris has received several awards and honors, of note, the L. E. Scriven Young Investigator Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.