Adjunct Professor; H. T. Sears Memorial Professor; National Security Faculty Director
University of Southampton
Hypersonic aerothermodynamics, electric propulsion, rocket plumes and computation of nonequilibrium gas and plasma dynamics.
Iain D. Boyd is an adjunct professor of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is currently the H. T. Sears Memorial Professor at the University of Calorado, Boulder.
He received a Ph. D. in aeronautics and astronautics (1988) from the University of Southampton in England. He worked for four years at NASA Ames Research Center in the areas of aerothermodynamics and space propulsion. Dr. Boyd was a faculty member in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University for six years. He joined the University of Michigan in 1999. His research interests involve the development and application of physical models and computational methods for analysis of nonequilibrium gas and plasma dynamics processes in aerospace systems. He has authored over 200 journal articles, more than 300 conference papers, and recently published a book entitled “Nonequilibrium Gas Dynamics and Molecular Simulation.” Dr. Boyd is a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), and has received the 1998 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, the 1997 AIAA Electric Propulsion Best Paper Award, and the 2011 AIAA Thermophysics Best Paper Award. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. Boyd serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer and Physical Review Fluids. Dr. Boyd was awarded the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Exceptional Public Service for his leadership role in the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (AFSAB).
POSITIONS HELD AT U-M
Adjunct Professor 2019-present
Associate Professor 1999-2002