H. Norman Abramson

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H. Norman Abramson
Citizenship American
Occupation Engineer and scientist
Known for Work in theoretical and applied mechanics

H. Norman Abramson is an American engineer and scientist. He is internationally regarded in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics, with specific expertise in fluid dynamics.

Early life and education[edit]

Abramson completed his undergraduate and masters work at Stanford University in 1950 and 1952 and received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in1956. He began his career as an associate professor of aeronautical engineering at Texas A&M University before joining Southwest Research Institute where he eventually rose to Executive Vice President. Abramson was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1976.

Abramson served on many posts in his life:

  • Vice president and governor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Council member of the NAE (1984–1990)
  • Member of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (1986–1990)
  • Chair of CETS Committee on R&D Strategies to Improve Surface Transportation Security
  • TRB's Research and Technology Coordinating Committee
  • TRB's 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[edit]

Abramson has received following awards and recognition in his career:


  • The dynamic behavior of liquids in moving containers (1966)
  • An Introduction to the Dynamics of Airplanes (1971)
  • Technology Transfer Systems in the United States and Germany: Lessons and Perspectives (1997)
  • Improving Surface Transportation Security Through Research and Development (TR News 211, November–December 2000)[3]
  • Deterrence, Protection, and Preparation: The New Transportation Security Imperative—Special Report 270[4] (2002)
  • Implementing the Results of the Second Strategic Highway Research Program: Saving Lives, Reducing Congestion, Improving Quality of Life - Special Report 296 (2009)[5]


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