From the Dean

The Times Are a Changin'

Welcome to the 2013 issue of Synergy magazine! As you read through this issue, I hope you get a sense of excitement about the many positive things happening in the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science. As the new dean, I am pleased to be a part of Baylor and the School. My transition from Texas A&M University has been rapid and I have learned much about the traditions of Baylor, the quality of our School, and the community of Waco.

The strong foundation of academic and student life programs in ECS was laid by my predecessors, Dr. Ben Kelley and Dr. Jim Bargainer. I salute them for their creative leadership that enabled engineering and computer science education to excel at Baylor University.

Last fall, for the first time in Baylor history, one out of every ten freshmen was enrolled in engineering and computer science. As I am writing this column, we have more than 5,100 engineering and computer 
science applicants for next fall - double that of only five years ago! Our incoming freshmen had SAT scores comparable to those of freshmen at both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University. The diversity of our student body has also increased over the past decade so that we are nearly 25% female and about 30% minority.

I received very positive feedback from several major corporations last fall that have recently hired our graduates. They were unanimous that Baylor engineering grads are technically well prepared, have a great work ethic, and communicate well. These companies all want to come back for more!

I have appreciated the opportunity to get to know the faculty in all of our programs. They are dedicated professionals who desire to provide a quality education to our students. Our faculty numbers will continue to grow to ensure we can maintain the same quality experience that our graduates have received in past years.

With the completion of the first phase of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), ECS is finally getting some sorely needed research space. In January, faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department began moving their research laboratories to the BRIC. We anticipate that faculty in Mechanical Engineering and 

Computer Science will follow sometime in the next year.

Please enjoy this issue of Synergy. We'll introduce some new faculty to you and tell you about an entrepreneurial effort by some engineering alumni. You'll learn about our transition from the ECS Living-Learning Center in the North Village to the new ECS Residential College in the East Village, which is still under construction. Bob Dylan's song, "The Times They Are a-Changin'" certainly reflects what's happening in Baylor Engineering and Computer Science! You'll get a glimpse of some of that "changin'" in this issue.