Dean's Welcome
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Dean Dennis L. O\'Neal
Dennis L. O'Neal, Ph.D., P.E.
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97356
Waco, TX 76798-7356
(254) 710-3871
fax (254) 710-3839

Thank you for the opportunity to share a few of the noteworthy hallmarks of Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). I hope you'll be motivated to experience and learn more about Texas' oldest (and best) institution of higher learning.

Baylor's ECS programs offer an environment fostering success and opportunity for highly capable and motivated students. Courses of study include: bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering.

ECS's greatest attribute is its existence as an integral element of Baylor University. Baylor represents a belief in and commitment to Christian-based values, possesses a celebrated 160-year history of liberal and service education, and maintains a reputation honored and unique within higher education.

Located within Baylor's East Village Residential Community, Teal Residential College presents a complimentary approach to student engagement. As they live and learn together, aspiring students explore their vocation beyond the classroom, through challenging academics, faculty exchanges, and social interactions.

Baylor's involvement in the International Collegiate Programming Contest is long and storied and ranges from winning a past World Championship to managing elements of the competition to hosting the 2006 World Finals. Over 4,000 teams (including Baylor) from 71 countries compete in the ICPC.

The ECS Board of Advocates, comprised of twenty industry executives proactively identifies and targets areas of technological change and opportunity. Each year this Board hosts upper-level and graduate students during an evening Forum inclusive with small-group interactions.

The Baylor International Technical Entrepreneurship program is in partnership with the University of Maastricht. Each summer, ECS, Dutch/Belgian, and other Baylor business students develop a technology product, including a business plan, and present their prototype to a panel of European venture capitalists.

The ECS-Honors Track targets students who also desire to pursue advanced comprehension in general education and liberal arts subjects. Students pursuing honors-course themes work closely with a faculty mentor during their junior and senior years to investigate a research topic and complete and honors thesis.

ECS faculty members represent a wide variety of academic expertise, research interests, career achievements, and teaching styles. Each year ECS faculty are recognized for teaching achievements, earn grants from the government and industry, and publish and present results of their scholarship.

Diverse and active student organizations provide essential opportunities for students to participate in professional organizations and activities. Among them are those tied to academic endeavors are Association of Computing Machinery, Society of Women Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Engineers with a Mission, to name a few.

Owing to the value of hands-on experience, Baylor offers rich opportunities for summer internships. Students may apply to participate in a paid 10+ week on-site internship experience with a participating industry partner. Often the first job offer before graduation comes from the internship employer.

Baylor ECS students often continue their collegiate education beyond the bachelors level. Computer Science is our oldest graduate program. Newer graduate programs in Engineering allow for a joint Engineering bachelors/masters option as well as a joint Engineering/MBA option.

Baylor offers numerous programs responsive to advancing the personal, intellectual, and faith pursuits of students, faculty and staff. With the success of these efforts, it's no wonder we're ranked in the top twenty under-graduate focused programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Thank you again for your time. Let us know if there are opportunities for us to improve together.

Dennis O'Neal, Ph.D., P.E.