H. Norman Abramson
|H. Norman Abramson|
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Awards||ASME Medal (1999)|
|Fields||theoretical and applied mechanics|
|Institutions||University of Texas at Austin|
retired Executive Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute
H. Norman Abramson (born 1926) is an American engineer, scientist, retired Executive Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, and former manager and principal investigator in several NAE and NRC research projects.
Abramson is an internationally regarded expert in the field of theoretical mechanics and applied mechanics with expertise in fluid dynamics, specifically the "dynamics of contained liquids in astronautical, nuclear, and marine systems."
Early life, education, and career
Abramson completed his BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering at Stanford University in 1950 and 1951. He received his PhD in engineering mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1956.
After his graduation in 1956 Abramson started his academic career as an associate professor of aeronautical engineering at Texas A&M University. Later he joining Southwest Research Institute where he eventually rose to Executive Vice President. Abramson was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1976.
In his early career Abramson served in the position of Vice president and governor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and he was Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
In 1976 Abramson was elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and from 1984 to 1990 he was Council member. He cooperated in several joined commission by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council (NRC), such as:
- In the Commission of Engineering and Technical Systems (CETS), he chaired the CETS Committee on R&D Strategies to Improve Surface Transportation Security
- In the Transportation Research Board (TBR) he joined the TRB Research and Technology Coordinating Committee, and the TRB Federal Transportation R&D Strategic Planning Process (Chair of the Committee for a Study of Public Sector Requirements for a Small Aircraft Transportation System (sponsored by NASA)
- Vice chair of the Committee for a Review of the National Transportation Science and Technology Strategy
- Committee on National Institute of Aerospace Proposal Reviews
- Committee on the Role of Naval Forces in the Global War on terror
- Member of the Oversight Committee for the Strategic Highway Research Program 2
Awards and recognitions
Abramson was elected honorary member of the ASME in 1979, and obtained the ASME Honorary Member (Silver Medal). In 1988 the ASME also awarded him the Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award, and in 1990 the ASME Medal (Gold Medal).
- Abramson, H. Norman. The dynamic behavior of liquids in moving containers, with applications to space vehicle technology. (1966).
- Abramson, H. Norman. An introduction to the dynamics of airplanes. Dover Publications, 1971.
- Schmoch, U., Reid, P. P., Encarnacao, J., & Abramson, H. N. (Eds.). Technology transfer systems in the United States and Germany: Lessons and perspectives. National Academies Press, 1997.
- Articles, a selection.
- Dodge, Franklin T., Daniel D. Kana, and H. Norman Abramson. "Liquid surface oscillations in longitudinally excited rigid cylindrical containers." AIAA J 3.4 (1965): 685-695.
- Abramson, H. Norman, Wen-Hwa Chu, and Daniel D. Kana. "Some studies of nonlinear lateral sloshing in rigid containers." Journal of Applied Mechanics 33.4 (1966): 777-784.
- Daniel F. Morgan and H. Norman Abramson. "Improving Surface Transportation Security Through Research and Development," TR News 211, November–December 2000
- Reference Book of Corporate Managements, Dun & Bradstreet, Dun and Bradstreet Information Services Staff, Dun's Marketing Services Staff, 1991. p. 2369
- H. Norman Abramsom, at engineering.tamu.edu, 2017. Accessed 2017-09-17.
- National Research Council (U.S.). Future Flight: A Review of the Small Aircraft Transportation System Concept, Nummer 263, Transportation Research Board. Committee for a Study of Public-Sector Requirements for a Small Aircraft Transportation System, 2002. p. 120.
- International Who's who in Energy and Nuclear Sciences, Longman Group Limited, Professional and Information Publishing Division, 1983. p. 2