Through her interest in chemistry, a young Betty Harris navigated her way to obtain both a BS and MS degree in that science. She earned the BS from Southern University and the MS from Atlanta University.

She began working as a visiting staff member for the Los Alamos National laboratory in New Mexico. This facility focuses mostly on field and laboratory studies of geological processes related to environmental issues. With more exposure to the field of research under her belt,Ms Harris decided to earn her PHD from the University of New Mexico.

She became a research chemist at Los Alamos, working in the areas of hazardous waste treatment and environmental restoration facilities that were contaminated with energetic materials such as propellants, and explosives.Through experience she became an noted expert in the chemistry of explosives. She obtained a patent for her invention of a spot test for identifying explosives in a field environment.

She has received the Governor’s Trailblazer Award for her achievements. Through hard work and determination, many lives will be potentially saved all for one person finding the spot!