Patricia Weisensee

Patricia Weisensee

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

  • Phone
  • Office
    Jubel Hall, Room 203M
  • Lab location
    Jubel Hall, Room 233


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
Dipl.-Ing., Technical University Munich, 2013
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011


Studies heat transfer and fluid dynamics in multiphase systems for energy and manufacturing applications


Experimental thermo-fluid dynamics using high speed imaging, including phase change heat transfer, droplet impact, wetting, and capillary transport in porous media.


Weisensee’s work focuses on understanding the interplay of fluid dynamics, heat transfer and liquid-solid interactions of droplets and other multi-phase systems. Practical applications of interest are phase change heat transfer for thermal management, thermal storage, and water harvesting, metallic additive manufacturing, and droplet interactions with biological and natural systems.


Professor Weisensee joined Washington University in St. Louis as an assistant professor in January 2017. She earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in December 2016. Weisensee earned a Diplom-Ingenieur (B.S. + M.S.) in mechanical engineering with high distinction from TU Munich, Germany, in 2013, where she was awarded the Siemens Energy Award for her work on condensing steam bubbles in subcooled flowing water. During her Diplom studies, she was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). Weisensee also holds a master’s in materials sciences from UIUC (2011).

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