M. Spenser Boyd Joins Webb Institute Faculty

Webb Institute is pleased to announce that Spenser Boyd has joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and has taken on the new role of Sustainability Coordinator.

Spenser, a practicing energy and systems engineer with a focus on sustainability, graduated from Webb in 2017 and earned his M.Eng. in Energy Systems from Lehigh University. He served as an adjunct professor at Webb in the 2022 fall semester and is currently completing his PhD dissertation on collaborative system simulations with George Washington University. As Assistant Professor he will teach courses in engineering science and marine engineering.

Webb recognizes the profound shift in ship design, propulsion, and fuel supply that will occur as the maritime industry decarbonizes over the next 25 years; we must prepare our graduates for the innovative technologies being developed. The Sustainability Coordinator will facilitate changes in the academic program to support this shift; bring leading speakers to Webb to share their knowledge; develop academic and industry partnerships in this sector; manage Webb’s sustainability conferences; and coordinate faculty participation across the sustainability space with increased research and professional development.

Spenser is well suited for this new role. He has conducted research in climate resilience in New York City, energy storage approaches for commercial and industrial facilities and modeling of complex systems. His ongoing research has covered sustainable system design and lifecycle decarbonization. Spenser has worked for an energy consultancy, NYSERDA, and a sustainable architecture design firm.

Spenser is excited to return to Webb with his wife, Anna, and help teach the next generations of industry leaders and launch Webb’s vision as a leader in maritime sustainability education.