Betz Receives PhD from Columbia University

Amy Betz, the 3rd of 10 children and first daughter of Jim & Robin Betz received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering   June 30.

Amy Betz has received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York

Betz’s doctorate was awarded from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. Her research focuses on cooling for electronic systems.

Amy enjoyed travelling to other countries as a visiting scholar and her research into pool boiling thermal energy, which she gained a world record for  with her team while attending CU. She received her  undergraduate, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Amy attributes much of her success to  participating in one of the first classes in Fairfax County to  offer the foreign language immersion elementary school program, where she learned Math & Science in Spanish. She also received her IB diploma after completing the program at Robinson High School.

Betz has accepted a faculty position in at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas  beginning early August.

The Betz family celebrated Amy’s accomplishment their Berryville, Virginia home on July 17 where everyone threw their “well wishes” for Amy into the empty well planter. One wish for Amy  was that this new chapter in her life will be the end of her rainbow. (And everyone thought the end of the rainbow was in Oz?)


  1. Congratulations Amy. I hope you enjoy being a professor. You have a nice family and I am sure they are quite proud of your many accomplishments. Best wishes always!