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George BoyceGeorge Boyce moved with his wife, Eva Fallon, from GHI to the Lakewood neighborhood in 2008. In 2010, they formed a non-profit foundation to develop and execute initiatives to promote STEM education and to explore the application of science and technology in projects that engage and enrich local communities.

In 2013, Boyce signed a ten year lease and committed to renovating the abandoned dry cleaning shop at Roosevelt Center into the Greenbelt MakerSpace, a successful activity center open free to the public. Not satisfied, Boyce has launched a project to create a mobile van, the MakerWagon, to serve more at-risk kids and families living in low-income neighborhoods. 

Boyce was born in Finley, Washington and grew up on a small family farm near the junction of the Columbia and Snake rivers. He helped his father and older brothers raise horses, cows, and chickens but mostly he earned spare change cutting asparagus alongside migrant workers. His mother and older sister were school teachers. This early life combination of manual labor, outdoor life in the Pacific Northwest, and immersion in education established a solid base on which he built a successful life.

Boyce has had very strong career in science and technology both as a technical expert and as an entrepreneur and businessman. In 1977, Boyce enrolled in Cornell University. His first class was in computer science and first student job was working in the computer labs. His love for computer software and network technology would drive his future technical career through a series of major milestones. 

By 1981, Boyce had quickly established top credentials in his chosen field of study. He left the computer science program to become a full-time employee of the department, and later of the campus academic computing support group. He managed the largest collection of systems on campus while providing customer support to over 3,000 students and their professors.

Boyce then became a systems network programmer, helping to build major components of the campus network and later the New York state regional network, in a fast paced period of technology innovation. At Syracuse University, Boyce became known nationally for his work managing a supercomputer facility used by research students across the emerging Internet. 

Fearing termination due to budget cuts, Boyce led his staff to form an independent company that contracted services back to the university and other corporate accounts. His company developed the first online service to market real estate, the third “dot com” on the Internet.

Major companies seeking to build the commercial Internet noticed Boyce’s accomplishments.  In 1995, AOL recruited Boyce to create their Internet Operations division, giving him an empty computer room and a nine figure annual budget. Over four years, Boyce hired every talented systems engineer in the region and they filled that first room ten times over with the latest hardware, software, and network technology. Before departing AOL in 2000, Boyce had been promoted from director to chief architect of a system that had grown in just four short years to support more than a million simultaneous customers.

In 2000, Boyce founded an investment company, formed a partnership with several real estate developers, and applied his technical skills to developing the next critical segment of the Internet. His goal was to develop a business plan to deploy the last mile of “fiber to the home” infrastructure. With a pilot system he built in a neighborhood of Purcellville, VA, and a startup company he founded in Scottsdale, AZ, Boyce’s plan to expand his venture ended with the tragedy of 9/11 and the ensuing collapse of the venture capital market. However, his company in Arizona survived and is still operating with ten million dollars in annual revenue.

Boyce returned to work as a technical lead in 2003, first at the Government Accountability Office and then at Discovery Communication. In 2009, Boyce joined the mission network support team at NASA Goddard where he works today.