Dr. Norris is the founder and director of the U.Va Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory and the Aerogel Research Laboratory. The Aerogel Research Lab is active in aerogel production and material modification techniques, flow characterization studies, acoustic studies, and in the development of thin film coatings for electrical, acoustical, and thermal isolation in sensors. The Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory houses a state-of-the-art laboratory facility for optical techniques in microscale heat transfer and performs experimental, computational, and theoretical investigations of thin-film thermophysical properties and interfacial thermal transport. Her current research interests include: thermal management, optical measurement techniques, microscale heat transfer, thin-film thermophysical properties, integration of sol-gel materials into microanalytical devices and sensors, and advancement of aerogel technology.Dr. Norris also directs the Soft Materials Laboratory, established to produce a biomimetic artificial cell from electro-active polymer materials and the Thermal Energy Management Laboratory, which investigates thermal management techniques such as utilization of heat pipes for dissipation of waste heat generated by electrical generators aboard next-generation aircraft and redesign of landing pads and jet-blast deflectors on future aircraft carriers.