James Madison University
PHOTO: Steven Harper

Steven Harper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Office: HHS 2108
  • Phone: 540-568-5848
  • Email: harpe2sr@jmu.edu 
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4113
    801 Carrier Drive
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 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


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.

Specializations/Research Interests

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.



  • September 28
    Fall Career & Internship Fair
    Festival Conference and Student Center
  • October 2
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk:
    David Campbell of Boston University presents: Back to the Future: Recovering the Age of Wonder
    Highlands Room
  • November 13
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk: Henry Petroski of Duke University presents on the topics of design, success and failure, and history of engineering and technology.
    Grafton Stovall Theater
  • April 16, 2016
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Engineering xChange