Patricia F. Mead, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Norfolk State University
as Professor of Optical Engineering in Summer 2004. She previously served as
Senior Program Officer in Engineering Education at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE),
Washington, DC, where she successfully completed three policy studies, including
The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the 21st Century, a forward looking
examination of the engineering profession and its role in society. Prior to her term at the
National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Mead served on the graduate faculty at the University of
Maryland, College Park, where in 1997, Dr. Mead received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early
CAREER Award in recognition of her combined research and educational activities. Dr. Mead has
conducted extensive on packaging and reliability of optoelectronic devices, including
semiconductor optical components and fiber optic interconnects. She has conducted several
studies involving fiber lasers and other solid state laser systems. Dr. Mead has also continued
to pursue scholarly research efforts in assessment for engineering education applications.
Her research interests include:
Outcomes Assessment in Engineering Education
Fiber Optic and Solid State Laser System
Science and Technology Policy
The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century, National Academies Press: Washington, D.C., April 2004.
Broadwater, K., Barker, D.B., Mead, P.F., Kolasinski, J., Watkins, J.R., “Strain Evaluation of Epoxy-Cured Fiber-Optic Connectors,” Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 21, no. 7, pp. 1668-1675, July 2003.
Mead, P.F., Pal, S., Ramamoorthy, A., Fathi, Z, Ahmed, I., “Variable Frequency Microwave Curing of Underfill Encapsulants for Flip-Chip Packaging,” ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, vol. 125, no. 2, pp. 294-301, June 2003.
Mead, P.F., Ramamoorthy, A., “Investigation of Variable Frequency Microwaves for Electronic Packaging Applications,” ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, vol. 125, no. 2, pp. 302-307, June 2003.
Mead, P.F., DeYoung, R.J., A Water Vapor Differential Absorption LIDAR Design for Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles, NASA Technical Brief, 2005.