Georgia L. Harris
was born in Germany into a family that loves traveling and adventures.
From being a MN State champion at racing sled dogs, scuba diving, and
competing in gymnastics in the 60’s and 70’s, to a trip up the Mississippi
river on a 32’ Egg Harbor accompanying my parents (while pregnant with my
daughter, Aja who is now an adult and created this website) and earning a black
belt in Tae Kwon Do in the 80’s, to hiking the A.T. in 2006, it’s been one
long grand adventure. In the midst of satisfying my competitive drive with physical
challenges, to balance things out, I have pursued (and am still pursuing!)
mental challenges. I graduated from
Moorhead State University in the 80’s and from Johns Hopkins University in the
90’s (B.A. Biology, M.S. Technical Management) and hope to work on a PhD after
the hike (probably Leadership or Organizational Development).
pursuits: computers (and other
techie gear), reading, video editing.
leadership and personal development topics (which guides my ministry
involvement), teaching, digital photography, and adding to my life “to do”
spent my early working years in restaurants – mostly cooking – and putting
myself through school. It’s the
one area of my life where I still rarely measure
anything. But, I do most of the
cooking and experimenting with food in the kitchen and on the trail.
getting a real job – I’ve been measuring
things (mostly standards). Measurement
science – metrology – is what I do [by the way, World Metrology Day is May
20! Seriously – look it up!)
I began working in metrology with the State of Minnesota Weights and
Measures Division and am now at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST, formerly National Bureau of Standards) in the Weights and
Measures Division, in Maryland.
on weights and measures: think
about the accuracy of weight from grocery store scales, volume from gas pumps,
and lengths from cord word. How do you know the measurements are right?
Metrologists work behind the scenes to make sure. The measurement standards I’m usually involved in at the
easiest level are weights (mass), containers (volume), and tape measures
working with all of the metrologists in State metrology laboratories, I’ve
traveled to all of the States except Hawaii. In addition, I have traveled to
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico for work.
[Hawaii and a couple of other countries are still on my “to do”
list!] So now, after more than 20
years of measuring standards and earning my frequent flyer miles, I’m
measuring 2,175 miles by my own feet (but should be converting them to
kilometers like the rest of the world!)
false balance is abomination to the LORD:
a just weight is his delight.”
those standards accurate while I’m not watching, because some ONE is!
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