Dr. Heather Oravec

Dr. Heather Oravec

Title: Research Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 216-433-3432
Email: horavec@uakron.edu
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Dr. Oravec is a Research Associate Professor stationed at the NASA Glenn Research Center. She has worked for NASA Glenn Research Center since 2009 and she joined UA in 2010. She is the recipient of the 2017 NASA Space Flight Awareness Team award, in recognition of excellent contributions as a valued team member in support of NASA's human spaceflight programs. She was also recognized with the 2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Propulsion Best Paper.


Advanced aerospace seals, low-leakage seal technologies, high temperature seals, extraterrestrial soil mechanics, extraterrestrial surface mobility


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University 2009
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University 2006
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Cleveland State University 2004