H. Norman Abramson
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Alma materStanford University
AwardsASME Medal (1999)
Scientific career
Fieldstheoretical and applied mechanics
InstitutionsUniversity of Texas at Austin
retired Executive Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute

H. Norman Abramson (born 1926)[1] 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.[2]

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."[3]


Early life, education, and career

Abramson completed his BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering[4] at Stanford University in 1950 and 1951.[1] He received his PhD in engineering mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1956.[3]

After his graduation in 1956 Abramson started his academic career as an associate professor of aeronautical engineering at Texas A&M University.[3] Later he joining Southwest Research Institute where he eventually rose to Executive Vice President. Abramson was elected as a member into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1976 for his research in engineering dynamics, research management, and contributions to professional engineering society affairs.

Other positions

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)[3]

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:[3]

From 1986 to 1990 Abramson was member of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.[3] Other activities have been

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).

Selected publications

Articles, a selection.


  1. ^ a b Reference Book of Corporate Managements, Dun & Bradstreet, Dun and Bradstreet Information Services Staff, Dun's Marketing Services Staff, 1991. p. 2369
  2. ^ H. Norman Abramsom, at engineering.tamu.edu, 2017. Accessed 2017-09-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e f 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.
  4. ^ International Who's who in Energy and Nuclear Sciences, Longman Group Limited, Professional and Information Publishing Division, 1983. p. 2