Bernard Harris

CEO
National Math and Science Initiative

Dr. Bernard Harris NMSI’s efforts to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in STEM education across the country. He has been involved in math and science education for more than 25
years through the Harris Institute & Foundation and as a founding board member for NMSI. Prior to NMSI, Dr. Harris was CEO and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early- to mid-stage healthcare technologies and companies. While at NASA, Dr. Harris conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space. A veteran astronaut for over twenty-five years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space and was the first African-American to walk in space. Dr. Harris is a medical doctor, an MBA and the author of “Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration.”

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