Barbara D. Boyan, PhD

Virginia Commonwealth University

Dean, College of Engineering


Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. is the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin, Jr. Dean, College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is professor of Biomedical Engineering at VCU and professor emerita in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she served as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering. Dr. Boyan directed the Virginia branch of the FDA-sponsored Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium and is presently co-principal investigator of VCU’s NSF-sponsored Advance-IT grant, which promotes career development of women faculty in STEM related disciplines. She is a Fellow in national and international scientific societies, including the National Academy of Inventors, the AAAS, the Orthopaedic Research Society, American Institute of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, the International College of Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and the European Academy of Science and Arts, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. She is vice-chair of the board of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and in 2020 she was appointed by the Governor to the board of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority, where she serves as chair. She has founded a number of biomedical technology companies and has served on the Boards of both public and private companies, as well as not-for-profit organizations. The author of more than 520 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, Dr. Boyan holds 24 issued U.S. patents as well as international patents.