Toby Bothel

Director of Engineering, Design and Fabrication

Toby Bothel graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University, and joined the staff of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Maryland, the U.S. Navy’s prime experimental facility for testing the hydrodynamic designs of ship and submarine models. She received her Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering from the George Washington University in 1987. For the 34 years, she led model-scale and full-scale experiments aimed at measuring the flow around surface ships. She also directed NSWC’s K-12 STEM Outreach Program, engaging fifty lab professionals in bringing authentic engineering projects to local school districts.

I love working for TIES because I have the chance to collaborate with an amazing team of colleagues and to work closely with teachers who care deeply about their profession and want to share their passion for teaching with their students.

Toby retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center and joined TIES in December 2014, where she leads the digital engineering and design team. She also supports the STEM school design projects with the delivery of professional development for the “Engineering is Elementary” curriculum.

More About Me

I Bet You Didn’t Know

  • Toby and her husband Bob live on the Portage Lakes in New Franklin, OH. When she is not working, she loves exploring the lakes in her kayak and spending time with her husband, Bob, in and around their lake house.

What I Love About My Job

  • I love working for TIES because I have the chance to collaborate with an amazing team of colleagues and to work closely with teachers who care deeply about their profession and want to share their passion for teaching with their students.

A Transforming Moment

  • Toby has seen first hand how TIES can change the teaching and learning in a classroom. TIES has been a collaborating partner with PHASTAR Corporation and Cleveland Metropolitan School district to design the Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School in Cleveland. Through a grant from the Office of Naval Research, TIES has designed and installed a Digital Fabrication Lab for the school. The Digital Fabrication Lab opened September 2017. In Toby’s words, “it has been so exciting to see the Digital Fabrication Lab managers work hand-in-hand with the Davis teachers to develop standards-based trans-disciplanary lessons with embedded projects that can prototyped in the Digital Fabrication Lab. These are the fruits of TIES Design Collaboration work.”