Turbo Symposium Founding Member Dies

Meherwan P. Boyce, a founding member of the Turbomachinery Symposium died Dec. 21, 2017. Boyce, 75, also served as the first director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory, formerly known as the Gas Turbine Laboratories.

Boyce joined the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Texas A&M University after earning three mechanical engineering degrees (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate). At Texas A&M, he founded the Gas Turbine Laboratories and served as the first director of the Turbomachinery Symposium in 1972. Boyce left Texas A&M in 1979 to establish Boyce Engineering International.

Boyce authored three best-selling engineering books and more than 150 technical papers and reports on gas turbines, compressors pumps, fluid mechanics, and turbomachinery.

Boyce is a former chairman of the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Division of ASME, and chairman of the Electric Utilities Committee of the of ASME’s International Gas Turbine Institute and chairman of the ASME Conferences Committee. He is the recipient of the ASME award for Excellence in Aerodynamics and the Ralph Teetor award of SAE for enhancement in research and teaching.

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