Alexis R. Abramson is the 13th dean of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. A recognized leader in sustainable energy technology and advanced energy research, Abramson is leading Dartmouth Engineering toward national prominence in human-centered approach to engineering education and research.

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Alexis R. Abramson

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Alexis R. Abramson is the 13th Dean of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. (Photograph by Rob Strong ’03)


Prior to joining Dartmouth in 2019, Abramson was the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University and served as a member of the mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty since 2003. From 2013 to 2018, she led the university’s Great Lakes Energy Institute, which focuses on research aimed at creating sustainable energy technology solutions.

During the Obama administration, she served as chief scientist and manager of the Emerging Technologies Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program, which invests in the research, development, and commercialization of energy-efficient and cost-effective building technologies. In 2018, she served as technical adviser for Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion effort launched by Bill Gates to combat human-driven climate change.

Abramson’s scholarship centers on thermal characterization of nanostructures, nanomaterials for alternative energy applications, and virtual energy audits for building energy efficiency. An author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, Abramson earned her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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