Alexis R. Abramson

Dean, Thayer School of Engineering

Alexis Abramson is the Dean at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. 

She was formerly at Case Western Reserve University as the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute. 

Her research has focused on novel techniques for thermal characterization of nanostructures; the design and synthesis of unique nanomaterials for use in alternative energy applications; virtual energy audits for building energy efficiency; and strategies to accelerate technology commercialization at universities and research institutions. She was the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award.

In 2018-2019, Dr. Abramson was on a partial leave to serve as a Technical Advisor for Breakthrough Energy Ventures. The firm, launched by Bill Gates, invests in companies developing technologies with significant potential to mitigate climate change.

Dr. Abramson served as the Interim Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department from 2017-2018. In addition to overseeing a department of 37 faculty, 600 undergraduates, and 250 graduate students, she helped the department work collaboratively to explore a new strategic vision.
On temporary assignment to the federal government from 2011-2013, Dr. Abramson served as Chief Scientist and Manager of the Emerging Technologies Team at the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office. There, she provided strategic leadership and oversight in the research, development and commercialization of energy-efficient and cost-effective building technologies. 

Dr. Abramson received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

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