James Madison University
PHOTO:Heather Watson

Heather Watson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Office: HHS 3230
  • Phone: 540-568-5244
  • Email: watsonhl@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4113
    801 Carrier Drive
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

Dr. Watson is involved in research on hydrogen energy systems in addition to the development of courses and curriculum within the Department of Engineering.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2001
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Detroit, 1986


Before joining JMU, Dr. Watson was an assistant professor of engineering at Elizabethtown College, and a faculty member in the department of mechanical engineering at Clemson University.  Dr. Watson also worked for several years in industry as a Senior Engineer at ITT Aerospace, a Mechanical Engineer at Orbital Sciences, and a Mechanical Engineer at Energetics, Inc. before entering academia.

Specializations/Research Interests

Alternative energy systems (fuel cells, wind, geothermal, solar), Thermal management systems, Energy efficiency, and Sustainability.


  • September 28
    Fall Career & Internship Fair
    Festival Conference and Student Center
  • October 2
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk:
    David Campbell of Boston University presents: Back to the Future: Recovering the Age of Wonder
    Highlands Room
  • November 13
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk: Henry Petroski of Duke University presents on the topics of design, success and failure, and history of engineering and technology.
    Grafton Stovall Theater
  • April 16, 2016
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Engineering xChange