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Pamela M. Norris

Professor
Executive Associate Dean
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office location and address
Thornton Hall, Room A124
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Old Dominion University, 1987
​M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989
Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1992
​Visiting Postdoctoral Research Engineer and Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, 1993-1994
Biography

Pamela Norris is the Executive Associate Dean of Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Frederick Tracy Morse Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. After receiving her PhD from Ga Tech in 1992 and completing post-doctoral studies at UC Berkeley with Chang-Lin Tien, she joined the faculty at UVA in 1994, where she founded both the Nanoscale Energy Transfer Lab and the Aerogel Research Lab. Today, she is recognized globally as a leading expert in both research fields. She routinely chairs, and speaks at, international conferences on those subjects and has published over 100 heavily cited referred journal papers. She holds patents for applications of aerogels in areas ranging from biological warfare detection, to lab-on-a-chip, to thermal insulation, along with patents for innovative thermal management techniques for jet-blast deflectors. She has served as the PI or Co-PI on over 45 sponsored research projects representing well over $25M from DOD, NSF, Industry and Foundations. She typically supervises a few undergraduate theses each year and has advised 24 doctoral students, 26 master’s degree students, and many research assistants. Pam is well-known for her mentoring skills and for her dedication to increasing the representation and retention of women faculty in the STEM disciplines, serving now as the Director of UVA’s NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program. In 2016 she was honored with the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award “for enduring, positive influence on students’ lives as a gifted teacher, mentor, and role model; and for promoting greater diversity in STEM higher education”.

EN-DO Research in Support of Leidos's Strategic Alliance with UVA
Source: Leidos, Inc.
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2021
Provost-UVA-ADVANCE IT
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Ed. & Human Resources
October 01, 2012 – September 30, 2019
Master Agreement Between UVA and Ingersoll Rand
Source: Ingersoll-Rand
November 08, 2011 – May 31, 2018
EN-DO Research in Support of SAIC's Strategic Alliance with UVA
Source: Science Applications Intrnl Corp
July 01, 2009 – December 31, 2017
EN-MAE Fundamentals of Solid-Solid Thermal Conductance at Elevated Temperatures
Source: U.S. DOD - Air Force - Afosr
September 30, 2014 – September 30, 2017
EN-MAE Modeling Ultrafast Heat Transfer & Evaporation/Condensation at Solid/Vapor Interfaces
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
July 01, 2013 – February 28, 2017
IDR: Thermal and Electronic Transport Processes in Monolayer-Scale Chemically Ordered Semiconductor Films
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
August 15, 2011 – July 31, 2015
Composite Solutions to the Thermal Buckling of Plates Subjected to Localized Heating
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
January 26, 2010 – December 31, 2014
EN-MAE Simulation & Analysis of Nanoscale Thermal Physics
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
June 01, 2012 – May 31, 2014
Modeling Interfacial Thermal Boundary Conductance of Engineered Interfaces CR
Source: U.S. DOD - Air Force - Afosr
December 01, 2012 – May 31, 2014
CHE 4995: Chemical Engineering Research
Credits: 1–3
Library and laboratory study of an engineering or manufacturing problem conducted in close consultation with a departmental faculty member, often including the design, construction, and operation of laboratory scale equipment. Requires progress reports and a comprehensive written report. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MAE 8999: Master's Thesis Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of thesis research. Each full-time, resident Master of Science student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 7510 seminar) and 12.
MSE 8999: Masters Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
EP 9999: Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MAE 9999: Dissertation Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of dissertation research. Each full-time resident doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 8591 seminar) and 12.

Recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award 2016

Recipient of the UVA Zintl Leadership Award 2016

Recipient of the SEAS Distinguished Faculty Award 2015

Named the Frederick Tracy Morse Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 2010Finalist in the 2008 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) ProgramElected Fellow of ASME 2005Recipient of the Undergraduate Research Network Faculty Award for Mentorship 2006 and 2007Recipient of the Georgia Tech Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award 1996