Pamela Norris

Executive Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Pamela Norris is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frederick Tracy Morse
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory and the Aerogel Research Laboratory. A native Virginian, she completed her undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University and received her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 1992. Her graduate research involved an experimental and analytical study of heat transfer in diesel engine cylinder heads. She then joined Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien’s microscale heat transfer research group at the University of California at Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar and a Visiting Lecturer. In 1994 Pam joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UVA where she was promoted to Professor in 2004. Her current research includes: nanoscale thermal transport, phonon engineering, heat pipe technology, and applications of aerogels. She has served as the PI or Co-PI over 40 sponsored research projects representing over $20M from DOD, NSF, Industry and Foundations. She currently serves as Chair of the ASME HeatTransfer Division Long Range Planning Committee, as an Associate Editor of Microscale and Nanoscale Thermophysical Engineering, and on the editorial board of Journal of Thermal Sciences.