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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mary C. Boyce

  • Gail E. Kendall Professor
  • Head, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mary C. Boyce

Mary C. Boyce is the Gail E. Kendall (1978) Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Boyce earned her B.S. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech; and her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the MIT faculty in 1987.

Professor Boyce teaches in the areas of mechanics and materials. Her research areas focus primarily on the mechanics of elastomers, polymers, polymeric-based micro- and nano-composite materials, lattice- structured materials, natural materials, and biological macromolecular networks, with emphasis on identifying connections among microstructure, deformation mechanisms, and mechanical properties. She has published over 100 journal papers in the field of mechanics and materials; and has mentored 36 SM Thesis students and 20 Ph.D. students.

Professor Boyce has been the recipient of several awards and honors recognizing her research and teaching efforts, including the MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow, the Department of Mechanical Engineering Keenan Award for Teaching, the Spira Award for Teaching, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the ASME Applied Mechanics Young Investigator Award, Member-at-Large of the USNCTAM, Chair of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, Fellow of the ASME, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Recent Publications

Singamaneni, S., Bertoldi, K., Chang, S., Jang, J.-H., Young, S.L., Thomas, E.L., Boyce, M.C., Tsukruk, V.V., “Bifurcated Mechanical Behavior of Deformed Periodic Porous Structures”, Advanced Functional Materials, 19, 1426-1436, 2009.

Singamaneni, S., Bertoldi, K., Chang, S., Jang, J.-H., Thomas, E.L., Boyce M.C., Tsukruk, V.V., “Instabilities and Pattern Transformation in Periodic, Porous Elastoplastic Solid Coatings”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 1, 42-47, 2009.