Photo Vote

December 13, 2013

Donal Boyd ’13 is asking for your vote.

Boyd’s photo, Bridge Crossing, of the Earle footbridge over West St. has been chosen by an editor at National Geographic as one of the “Daily Dozen” featured on

Visit the link HERE to VOTE for his photo by midnight tonight, Friday, December 13.

Want to learn more about Donal Boyd? The Daily Herd pulled together a quick Q&A for you:

What was your major here?

I graduated in May 2013 with a BS in chemical engineering.

What are you doing now?

I was scheduled to depart for Kenya as a Math and Science Education Peace Corps Volunteer on Oct. 1, 2013. In light of the terrorist attack in Nairobi, I was given the option to choose a new assignment and I am now going to Malawi on June 16, 2014. Just last week, I finished up working for Hayward Industries in North Kingstown, R.I. I worked there over the summer, up until August in anticipation of leaving for Kenya in October, but returned for a short while to consult. I am currently enrolled as a graduate student at WPI to begin my master’s in chemical engineering this coming spring semester. I will graduate in May with my MS.

While waiting for the semester to begin, I am TA-ing an undergraduate chemical engineering course and “unofficially officially” beginning preliminary work on my research for the spring semester. My research project involves a collaboration that I have established for WPI with the University of Kentucky (UK) and an NGO in Cameroon called ACREST (African Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology). I am supporting research specifically in the rural biofuel sector and if I am able to gather funding, I will travel to Cameroon (the day after graduation for 10 days) with researchers from the UK and a WPI professor in the Chemical Engineering Department to implement my project work.

How long have you been involved in photography?

I have been a professional photographer for 8+ years now and have photographed everything from weddings, to the New England Patriots cheerleaders.

What made you decide to enter this photo to NG?

I decided to submit the photograph to National Geographic because of the striking lighting and tone and the classic representation of our picturesque campus. I decided to go out and shoot campus that night because the foggy weather transformed campus into a wondrous, mysterious, and surreal scene. However, without the gentleman crossing the bridge in his long coat and hat, the picture would not be the same.

What will it mean for you if your photo is chosen?

It has always been my “biggest of big dreams” to be published in National Geographic magazine, the most famous and renowned publication in the world, and this is really my best chance yet. Hopefully this will get me the exposure that I could have never gotten before. Of course, all thanks again to WPI, for providing me with such a wonderful setting and subject to photograph. Once again, I would not be where I am today without this Institute!