B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UVA, 2004B.A. Physics, UVA, 2004Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008Harry S. Truman Postdoctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, 2008-2011
"We are studying new materials and systems to help create more energy efficient technologies and processes."
Patrick E. Hopkins, Professor
Patrick the Whitney Stone Professor in Engineering at the University of Virginia, with a primary appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and courtesy appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics, and the director of the ExSiTE Lab. Patrick's research interests are in energy transport and coupled photonic interactions with condensed matter, soft materials, liquids, vapors, plasmas and their interfaces. His lab uses various optical thermometry-based experiments to measure the thermal conductivity, thermal boundary conductance, thermal accommodation, strain propagation and sound speed, optical properties, and electron, phonon, vibrational and polaritonic scattering mechanisms in a wide array of bulk materials and nanosystems from cryogenic to ultrahigh temperatures.
Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award2021
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers2021-2022
Participant in the Defense Science Study Group2021-2023
Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers2019
ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer2016
Outstanding Reviewer: ASME Journal of Heat Transfer2016
National Finalist, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists2014
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)2013
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award2013
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award2013
Sandia National Laboratories Harry S. Truman Postdoctoral Fellow2008-2011
Patrick Hopkins, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, has been selected for the U.S. Defense Science Study Group, a program bringing together top American scientists and engineers to address national security challenges.