Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Johns Hopkins University

Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, November 28 | 7:00 am
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel, 5th Floor, Public Garden

Gwendolyn Boyd
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Johns Hopkins University (view biography)
Applied Physics Laboratory

Topic: Women in Engineering?A Premier Power Source (view abstract)

 Sponsored by the Women in Materials Science & Engineering Subcommittee    

This talk focused on the extraordinary potential that is inherent in women who are engineers. Issues about access, leadership, opportunities, mentoring, and empowerment were discussed. As women in engineering, we are still breaking through barriers and reshaping the landscape for the next generation of girls in engineering. This talk highlighted how we must continue to unhinge stereotypes in order to reach our full potential in our own careers. There is great potential and power in each of us, and the question is how to recognize it, acquire it, appreciate it, and use it.

Men and women of materials science were invited to attend this discussion and complimentary breakfast.   

Gwendolyn Boyd Biography

Alabama native Gwendolyn Boyd was educated in the public schools and received a four-year scholarship to Alabama State University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS degree in mathematics and a double minor in physics and music. She was awarded a fellowship to pursue graduate work at Yale University, where she was the first African-American to earn a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from this Ivy League institution. In 2005, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lincoln University (PA); that same year she was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bennett College for Women. In 2009, President Obama nominated her to serve as a Board of Trustees member for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. She received Senate confirmation in 2010.

Boyd is an engineer and the executive assistant to the chief of staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Early in her career at APL, she was an analyst in the Strategic Systems Department that provided engineering teams with independent analysis and operational performance evaluation of the Strategic Weapon System (SWS) on submarines prior to deployment, during strategic deterrent patrols, and during operational follow-on testing. Additionally, as group software coordinator, she was responsible for analysis software development from concept evaluation to implementation.

In addition to her current executive assistant responsibilities, Boyd is also responsible for the coordination and development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) initiatives. This effort includes the implementation of the APL Technology Leadership & Scholars (ATLAS) Internship Program, which identifies students from HBCU, Minority Institutions (MIs), and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher who aspire to careers in engineering or computer science.

Boyd has served as a member of the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council since 1996 and as the council chair since 2001. She serves on the advisory council for the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Physical Science for Tuskegee University. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Metropolitan Area Network of Minority Women in Science.
Gwendolyn Boyd has been acknowledged by many for her service and dedication as a community leader and volunteer, and she has received numerous honors and awards.


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