Alexis Abramson

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Alexis Abramson, the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CWRU, is a former Co-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; 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.

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.

Dr. Abramson served as GLEI Faculty Director and then Director from 2013-2017, working with dozens of faculty, staff, and students to attract energy-related research to the university. Under her leadership, GLEI achieved a “return-on-investment” of 10:1, meaning for every $1 spent by the institute on operations, $10 was attracted to the university. Additionally, she launched ThinkEnergy, an interdisciplinary energy program for undergraduate and graduate students. 

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’s work focused on public engagement, peer-reviewed quantitative analysis and a re-structured prioritization of federal investment projects.

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.