Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, MA 02492
Dr. Townsend teaches several of the mechanical engineering core courses at Olin College and also advises student design teams in the SCOPE program.
Dr. Townsend received her Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she developed evaporatively cooled turbine blades for advanced aircraft engines. Prior to returning to school for her doctorate, Dr. Townsend spent three years in industry as an aerospace performance engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems.
She received her M.S. from the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department at the University of California at Davis. She earned her B.S. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in mechanical engineering and credits her mentors at UMass for their early influence in pointing her towards a career in engineering education.
She was also the recipient of the AIAA Foundation Wilbur and Orville Wright Graduate Research Award, the AIAA Foundation Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award and the American Association of University Women Engineering Dissertation Fellowship.