Mechatronics Engineering Technology


WPCC Mechatronics Faculty

Bryan Harris, Coordinator


bryan-harrisHello, I am Bryan Harris, Coordinator for Mechatronics and Industrial Systems Technology.   I began my journey in engineering all the way back at Owen High School in Swannanoa, NC, with my love of chemistry and math.  This led to my attending and graduating with a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.  My first employment was with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, GA.  I was an air pollution enforcement officer assigned to Tennessee.  While environmental protection is a rewarding field it did not fulfill the need I have had since childhood to build and fix things.  So I returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems. (CIMS) under the Mechanical Engineering Department at Georgia Tech.  CIMS has now become known as Mechatronics.  After graduation I came back home to Western North Carolina and went to work in manufacturing making piping for chemical plants. I was an engineer and engineering manager for over 15 years.  While in industry, I discovered another love, teaching.  I was a middle school science and a high chemistry and physical science teacher for 8 ½ years.  Now I have been able to combine all of my passions here at WPCC by teaching engineering.

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