Iain Boyd
H. T. Sears Memorial Professor • National Security Faculty Director

Focus Area

Fluids, Structures and Materials

Education

PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton, England, 1988
BSc (with Honors), Mathematics, University of Southampton, England, 1985

Professional Experience

2019 - Present, Professor, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2019 - Present, National Security Faculty Director, CU Boulder Research and Innovation Office
2017 - 2019, Faculty Director of Government Relations, University of Michigan, Washington, DC
2010 - 2019, James E. Knott Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2002 - 2010, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1999 - 2002, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1995 - 1999, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
1993 - 1995, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
1989 - 1992, Research Scientist, Eloret Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Awards (Selected)

Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society, 2017
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Exceptional Public Service, United States Air Force, 2017
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2014
Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 2011
Paper selected by Physics of Plasmas as one of its most significant publications in 50 years, 2009
AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, 1998

Research Interests

Hypersonic aerothermodynamics, electric propulsion, rocket plumes and computation of nonequilibrium gas and plasma dynamics.