Alexis Abramson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at CWRU, is the faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute.
Dr. Abramson has been with the Case School of Engineering since 2003, where she has focused her research on novel techniques for thermal characterization of nanostructures; the design and synthesis of unique nanomaterials for use in alternative energy applications; and strategies to accelerate technology commercialization at universities and research institutions.
On temporary assignment to the federal government since 2011, Dr. Abramson has been providing strategic leadership and oversight to the Emerging Technologies Team at the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, which invests about $90 million per year in the research, development and commercialization of energy-efficient and cost-effective building technologies that are within five years of being market-ready. Dr. Abramson’s work there to develop strategies that focus on quality public engagement, peer-reviewed quantitative analysis and structured prioritization of federal investment projects has been so successful that the DOE requested she extend her leadership position with the program, which will continue until December.
From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Abramson was a Senior Fellow at NorTech, Northeast Ohio’s tech-based economic development organization. There, she focused on enabling economic development in Northeast Ohio by leveraging technology development and commercialization opportunities at companies and academic institutions in the region.
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 in Medford, MA.