Emily Boyd

Outstanding Young Mechanical Engineer, 2022
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Missouri, Columbia, 2006,
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Missouri, Columbia, 2008
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014

Emily Boyd is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). Since joining WashU in 2015, Dr. Boyd has dedicated herself to supporting students underrepresented in engineering and improving the work environment for non-tenure track faculty.

She is the Director of the WashU Summer Engineering Fellowship, an undergraduate research program for underrepresented minorities. In 2016, she co-founded WashU’s Women & Engineering Center and, in 2017, founded the Women & Engineering Leadership Society for undergraduate students and alumnae. Dr. Boyd established a university-wide mentorship and networking platform, WashU CNX (community, network, exchange), which is used to facilitate year-long mentorship programs between engineering students and alumni. Dr. Boyd serves as faculty advisor to WashU’s ASME and SWE student chapters. She is the recipient of the 2021 Dean’s Award for Extraordinary Service.

Dr. Boyd’s technical area of expertise is in thermal fluid sciences. She enjoys teaching fluid mechanics to undergraduate and graduate students using team-based learning as well as managing and teaching a fluid dynamics and heat transfer laboratory course. She is a recipient of the 2018 Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2021 Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is the PI for the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Site: Thermal Energy Management on Multiple Scales.

Dr. Boyd has served as co-president of WashU’s Association for Teaching, Research and Practice faculty since 2018, which has given her the opportunity to make many positive policy and cultural changes for these faculty at WashU. In 2019, she delivered ASEE’s opening keynote address on the topic.

Dr. Boyd is a member of ASEE and has been an active ASME volunteer for over a decade. She is currently chairing ASME’s Committee on Organization and Rules. In 2021, she founded the Volunteer Leadership Pathway which provides ASME volunteers a framework and resources for professional and volunteerism skills development. She is a current member of the ASME Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT) Academy, and has served ASME in several other capacities.

Dr. Boyd received her PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 where she researched film cooling technology to improve the efficiency of gas turbine engines under the guidance of Dr. David Bogard. She received her bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006 and 2008, respectively.