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Alexis Abramson named dean of engineering at Dartmouth College

Northeast Ohio native was co-director of Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve

Engineering faculty member Alexis Abramson, a recognized leader in advanced energy research, has been named dean of the  Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

Abramson, the second woman to serve as dean in the engineering school’s 150-year history, will begin the new appointment June 17.  

“While I am honored and enthusiastic about joining Dartmouth and embarking on this exciting journey, the move is bittersweet,” she said. “Over the past 16 years at CWRU, I have been mentored by faculty and administrators who have supported my work and encouraged me to explore unique opportunities.”

Abramson also said she thoroughly enjoyed working with “bright and curious” students and relished her time with the broader community.

Dartmouth College President Philip J. Hanlon said Abramson “brings deep expertise in sustainable energy and in building partnerships that connect academic research with public and private efforts to find solutions to urgent challenges.”

Abramson had a primary appointment in mechanical and aerospace engineering department at the Case School of Engineering, where she joined the faculty in 2003. From 2017-2018, she served as the interim chair of the electrical engineering and computer science.

She spent 2011-2013 on temporary assignment to the U.S. Department of Energy, and upon her return became faculty director and then director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute. She currently serves as the institute’s co-director.

Since 2018, Abramson has also served as technical adviser for Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the $1 billion energy innovation fund launched by Bill Gates to combat human-driven climate change.