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VCHS Alumni Spotlight - Bo Dwyer ’09

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Dr. Bo Dwyer Pioneering the Future of Self-Driving Vehicles

Vail Christian High School takes immense pride in celebrating the remarkable achievements of one of its standout alumni, Dr. Bo Dwyer. Bo has emerged as a trailblazer in the field of physics, particularly in the development of cutting-edge technology for self-driving vehicles.


Bo's journey began at Vail Christian High School, where his exceptional academic ability was evident from the start. Prior to graduating, he undertook a self-study in advanced math and science courses, including AP Calculus BC, Linear Algebra, Multivariable Equations, and AP Physics, all through Stanford University. His insatiable curiosity and dedication to learning set the stage for his future success.


During the summer between his sophomore and junior years, Bo secured a coveted internship at Boston University, engaging in a university-level research project on x-ray crystallography. This experience further fueled his passion for scientific exploration and laid the foundation for his future pathway in physics.


Bo's time at VCHS was not only marked by academic excellence but also by achievements outside the classroom. He earned a black belt in karate and dedicated himself to mentoring younger students in the martial arts, showcasing his commitment to personal growth and community engagement.


Bo's journey continued at Stanford University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in physics. He later pursued graduate studies at UC Santa Barbara before transferring to Harvard University, where he completed a Ph.D. in Physics. His doctoral dissertation, titled "Quantum Sensing of 2D Materials," highlighted his expertise in a cutting-edge area of physics.


Since completing his doctorate, Bo has made significant contributions to the field of motion and self-driving vehicles. His research has been published in prestigious scientific journals, solidifying his reputation as a leading physicist in the industry. Bo currently resides in Pacifica, CA, with his fiancée Janelle, working as a physicist for Motional – a division of Hyundai specializing in self-driving cars.


Reflecting on his years at VCHS, Bo fondly recalls the close friendships forged during high school, remaining connected with many of his fellow graduates from the class of 2009. He acknowledges the influential role of teachers like Mr. Doug Bruce, who mentored him in mathematics, and Mr. Geoff Bedrosian, whose passion for science left a lasting impact.


Bo emphasizes the unique opportunities provided by VCHS for flexible educational exploration through self-study and enrichment courses. He credits the school's supportive environment for nurturing his ambitions and wishes he had been less afraid to try new things during his time there.


For current VCHS students, Bo offers valuable advice:

"If you really want something out of life, make it happen! Say yes to opportunities, and it's okay to struggle."

His journey serves as an inspiration for all, illustrating the transformative power of passion, perseverance, and a commitment to continuous learning. Vail Christian High School takes pride in Dr. Bo Dwyer's achievements and eagerly anticipates the continued impact of his groundbreaking work in the world of physics and self-driving technology.

Links to Dr. Bo Dwyer published scientific journals:

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