Assistant Professor, Department of Management
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering
Office: 540 Zane Showker Hall
Mailing address: JMU, College of Business, MSC 0205, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Ph.D –University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana – Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering, 2006
M.S. – University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana – Business Administration, 2003
M.A. – Naval War College – National Security and Strategic Studies, 1994
M.E. – University of Virginia – Electrical Engineering, 1988
U.S. Naval Submarine School and Nuclear Propulsion Program, 1982
B.S. – University of California, Berkeley – Engineering Physics, 1981
Primary research areas are management of technology, innovation, knowledge management and decision analysis.
Co-Principle Investigator NSF Award 0933948: IEECI Exploratory Grant: Integrating Developmental Instruction in Sustainability Contexts into an Undergraduate Engineering Design Curriculum.
Current Courses Taught:
MGT 425: Introduction to Project Management
MGT 420: Management of Technology and Innovation
COB 487: Strategic Management
ENGR 221: Management of Technology I: Project Development
ENGR 322: Management of Technology II: Project Management
Harper, S. R. and Thurston, D. L., 2009, Network Effects in Decision Analysis, The Engineering Economist, 54:1, 22-49.
Harper, S. R. and Thurston, D. L., 2008, Stranded Environmental Impacts and Electrical Power System Redesign, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 130:3, 031101 (9 pages).
Harper, S. R., Thurston, D. L. and Krein, P. T., 2007, The Effects of Dynamic Residential Load Participation: Penetration Levels for Operational Impact on Reliability, International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, 3:221-234.
Luo, X, and Harper, S. R., The Unintended Consequence of the Law: An Institutional Explanation for Stock Options in CEO Compensation, Working paper, June 2007.
Campus and Community Involvement:
Engineering Faculty Search Committee, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management Committee; Editorial Board, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management; Editorial Board, International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems;
Ad Hoc reviewer for AOM conferences, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and Human Relations
Previously, was a Division Officer, a Department Head, and an Executive Officer on nuclear submarines in the U.S. Navy, a Naval Material Professional, a Certified Department of Defense Systems Engineer and Program Manager, an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Virginia, and a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.