Thomas Boyd

Dr. Boyd received his baccalaureate and masters degrees in geophysics from Virginia Tech. While at Tech he worked on high-resolution earthquake location techniques with application of better defining the Wadati-Benioff zone geometry underneath Peru. He then continued his educational activities at Columbia University, working on a variety of issues related to the seismicity of the Aleutian arc, constraining earthquake kinematics from far-field seismic observations, and in defining the three-dimensional structure of the upper mantle along the Aleutian arc. After serving post doctoral and research faculty appointments within the Department of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines, Tom was hired by the Department as an an assistant professor in 1993. While a professor in the Department, Tom was selected by the Department’s graduating seniors as outstanding faculty member seven times, and graduated three PhD students and eight Masters students. After receiving promotion and tenure (1998), Tom did a one-year sabbatical at NCAR where he served as Manager of Technical Development for the DLESE (Digital Library in Earth System Education) Program Center. In this role, Tom was a member of the DLESE leadership team and oversaw the infrastructure development for the digital library. Upon returning to Mines, Tom has served in a number of administrative positions including: continued work with NCAR as Outreach Coordinator for the DLESE Program Center, Associate Graduate Dean, Graduate Dean, and Associate Provost. Tom currently holds the position of Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.