Daisie Boettner


Daisie Dawson Boettner (née Wheeler) is an American mechanical engineer, retired United States Army brigadier general, and professor emerita in the United States Military Academy. She is known for her coauthorship of the textbook Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics and for her research on thermal energy storage, heat transfer, and fuel cells.[1]

Education and career edit

Boettner's father worked for Emerson Electric, and moved with his family, including Boettner, to Paris, Tennessee, where she grew up and was educated. After becoming valedictorian of her high school,[2] she graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1981,[3] the first female graduate of West Point from Tennessee.[2] She earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan,[1] and completed a Ph.D. at Ohio State University in 2001.[3]

In the Army, she initially served as a platoon leader in the 50th Ordnance Company. She moved to the 89th Ordnance Company, in Germany, from 1982 to 1985, and then became an ammunition and logistics officer for the 24th Infantry Division from 1986 to 1989, before being assigned to West Point as an instructor and assistant professor in 1991. From 1995 to 1998 she served in Hawaii as a support operations officer and ammunition plans officer, before returning again to West Point.[4]

She became a professor there, in 2008, becoming the first female professor in mathematics, science, and engineering at West Point.[4] She was chair of the department of civil and mechanical engineering before retiring in 2017 after 36 years of service.[1][2] She was promoted to brigadier general on the occasion of her retirement.[5]

Recognition edit

Boettner was named as an ASME Fellow in 2017.[6] In 2022, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers gave her their Kate Gleason Award, "honored for outstanding contributions as a mechanical engineer, military officer, role model, and mentor, and for the education development of students pursuing military and mechanical engineering careers".[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d ASME Presents 2022 Kate Gleason Award to Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Daisie Boettner, Ph.D., P.E. (PDF), ASME, October 2022, retrieved 2023-04-07
  2. ^ a b c McCutcheon, Bill (April 1, 2018), "PARIS TN: Gen. Daisie Boettner is Fish Fry grand marshal", The Paris Post-Intelligencer, retrieved 2023-04-07
  3. ^ a b The Ohio State University 357th Commencement (PDF), Ohio State University, 2001, p. 9, retrieved 2023-04-07
  4. ^ a b "Boettner now teacher at West Point", The Paris Post-Intelligencer, October 2, 2009, retrieved 2023-04-07
  5. ^ "Daisie Boettner's retirement ceremony", Official Twitter page of Commandant of Cadets, West Point, May 15, 2017, retrieved 2023-04-07
  6. ^ All Fellows (PDF), ASME, 2022, retrieved 2023-04-07