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Amy Fleischer, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Amy Fleischer, PhD

Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering | College of Engineering | Villanova University

Villanova, PA, United-States

Amy Fleischer, PhD, is recognized as a world-wide expert in thermal-fluid system design and electronic cooling systems.





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Sustainable Energy Storage



Areas of Expertise (7)

Data Centers Heat Transfer Thermodynamics Fluid Mechanics Finite Element Analysis Database Cooling Systems Women in STEM


Amy Fleischer is Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University. She is also Director of the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems and the NovaTherm Research Laboratory. Her research interests include the broad topics of sustainable energy system design and thermal management of electronic systems. Recent research projects included energy storage in phase change materials, waste heat recovery from data centers, development of energy absorbing building materials, development of nano-enhanced materials including graphite nanofiber thermal interface materials, jet impingement, porous media heat sinks and boiling heat transfer. Over the past 14 years she has been a part of more than 30 funded grants for a total budget of approximately $4.2 million.

Dr. Fleischer is also a vocal advocate for the advancement of women in STEM careers.

Education (3)

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: PhD

Villanova University: MSME

Villanova University: BSME

Select Accomplishments (2)

2011 Clock Award


2010 Women Engineer of the Year

ASME Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division

Affiliations (4)

  • Director, Villanova University NovaTherm Laboratory
  • Director, Villanova University Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems
  • Contributor, U.S. News & World Report
  • Board Member, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Select Media Appearances (5)

Op-Ed: STEMming the Tide of Cultural Influences

U.S. News & World Report  online


Cultural forces are one of the strongest barriers to girls deciding to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers. The constant drip, drip, drip of cultural influences surround us every day, each a small drop in and of itself, but ultimately leading to an ocean of expectations. I opened my twitter feed recently and saw a post by @LetToysbeToys that depicted a current display of girls and boys shirts in which the boys shirts featured the slogan "Little Man, Big Ideas" with the image of a light bulb, while the corresponding girls shirt read "Little Girl, Big Smiles."

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Op-Ed: Legos Are Among the Building Blocks of STEM

U.S. News & World Report  online


We have found that representation is incredibly important. Just as I once looked to Sally Ride as an example of what I could become, today's girls also need role models to show them that this path is achievable. When girls see someone who looks like them in a career, they begin to internalize that it is really possible. In Villanova's College of Engineering, we make it a priority to create a culture that promotes women as successful engineers and our high numbers of female faculty members have helped us draw classes which exceed 30 percent female.

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Op-ed: Why Do We Need STEM Toys for Girls?

U.S. News and World Report  


Can you have a love-hate relationship with a doll? Can I classify my status with pink and purple building sets as "It's complicated"? As I look everywhere this Christmas season and see the proliferation of STEM-related dolls and activities sets for young girls, my feelings are mixed. Led by breakout star GoldieBlox, who burst on the scene two years ago, STEM toys for girls are one of the hottest new toy trends...

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At Villanova, working to slim the power-hungry ‘cloud’



What Ortega and his colleague Amy Fleischer are doing, is working to capture the heat generated by the servers and put it to work as something useful: fresh electricity that can power the data center itself.
But the first step is liquid cooling.

"We're just talking about hot water here," explained Fleischer, also a professor of mechanical engineering at Villanova. "We're heating up fluid as it comes across a chip and we're using that hot system to generate electricity."...

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'MythBusters' host working with Villanova students on capstone project

Philadelphia Business Journal  


Villanova engineering professor Amy Fleischer, who’s been exploring this particular design topic with Hyneman for about a year, is advising the capstone team.

“The opportunity to collaborate with Jamie Hyneman is exciting and fun for the students, but also adds a layer of accountability for their work,” she said. Fleischer, who has extensive experience working in heat transfer, made sure the students signed up for the project before knowing Hyneman would be on board...

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Research Grants (1)

Acquisition of Atomic Layer Deposition Device for Nanoscale Materials Development Research

National Science Foundation $412,106


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Select Academic Articles (5)

Effect of carbon nanotube interfacial geometry on thermal transport in solid–liquid phase change materials Applied Energy


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The Influence of Nanoparticle Type on the Viscosity of Nanoenhanced Energy Storage Materials ASME 2015 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems


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Thermal energy storage using phase change materials: Fundamentals and applications Springer


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Dopant Clustering and Correlated Oxygen Migration in Conditionally Stabilized Zirconia Electrolytes Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology


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Thermo-economic analysis of steady state waste heat recovery in data centers using absorption refrigeration Applied Energy


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