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Morris, Melissa

A portrait of Melissa Morris



Teaching Associate Professor and Academic Advisor - Freshman Engineering


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, WVU, 2011 
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, WVU, 2008 
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, WVU, 2006 

Melissa Morris is currently a Teaching Associate Professor for the Freshman Engineering Program, in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). She graduated Summa cum Laude with a BSME in 2006, earned a MSME in 2008, and completed her doctorate in mechanical engineering in 2011, all from WVU. At WVU, she has previously served as the Undergraduate and Outreach Advisor for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department and the Assistant Director of the Center for Building Energy Efficiency. She has previously taught courses such as Thermodynamics, Thermal Fluids Laboratory, and Guided Missiles Systems, as well as serving as a Senior Design Project Advisor for Mechanical Engineering Students. Her research interests include energy and thermodynamic related topics. Since 2007 she has been actively involved in recruiting and outreach for the Statler College, as part of this involvement Dr. Morris frequently makes presentations to groups of K-12 students, as well as perspective WVU students and their families. 

Dr. Morris was selected as a Statler College Outstanding Teacher for 2012, the WVU Honors College John R. Williams Outstanding Teacher for 2012, the 2012 Statler College Teacher of the Year, a Statler College Outstanding Advisor for 2015, a WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher in 2015, a Nicholas Evans Award for Outstanding Advising recipient, and the 2015 WVU Most Loyal Faculty/Professional Staff Mountaineer. 

Teaching Interests

  • Thermodynamics 
  • Fluid Mechanics 
  • Engineering Design
  • First-Year Courses
  • Engineering Fundamentals 

Special Interests

  • K-12 Outreach and Recruitment 
  • WVU Paintball Club Faculty Advisor
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Faculty Advisor
  • Academy of Engineering Success 
  • Engineering Education Research 

Professional Societies

  • ASEE
  • Tau Beta Pi (WV A Chief Advisor and District 4 Director)