If you ask Dr. Greg Boyd why he decided to go into teaching after working 20 years in the manufacturing industry, he will tell you, “It was time to put my money where my mouth was and start helping to create manufacturing engineers instead of trying to hire them.”
Boyd began his engineering career at The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash., after receiving his bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from the University of Washington. He then moved to California to work for several companies before earning a master’s degree in industrial arts from California State University. After several years in California, Boyd made the decision to return to Seattle to work as director of Research and Development for a Seattle-based company called PRD Company. While working for PRD, Boyd made the decision to pursue a career in higher education.
“I was already involved in manufacturing and materials research from my days at Boeing, so I decided to focus on learning how to teach these skills to future engineers,” he said.
Boyd traveled across the country to earn his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana State University.
Boyd’s academic interests are teaching, manufacturing research and testing. His courses have ranged from materials, manufacturing and testing to various University Studies courses to engineering students at Southeast for ten years. Boyd is currently teaching plastics, research and technical communications.
“My teaching philosophy revolves around John Dewey because as a teacher there comes a point when you have to stop talking about what you teach and let the students start doing it,” Boyd said.
Boyd says he enjoys filling up his free time with reading action or science fiction novels and taking part in the occasional sailboat race whenever the opportunity arises for him. He also enjoys working on antique vehicles.
Boyd is able to bring hands-on experience into the classroom by providing students personal experiences from his time at Boeing. His best advice for future Southeast students is to find something you are passionate about.
“If you are truly passionate about something,” Boyd explained, “then you can’t help
but be successful with it.”