Around the Lab

Dr. Lesley Wright

Mechanical engineering professor Dr. Lesley Wright and several staff took a team of engineering students from Baylor for the first time to participate in the Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in Burlington, Wisc., last summer.

The competition consisted of three regional competitions designed to simulate real-world engineering design projects and related challenges. Participants were asked to design and build an off-road vehicle that 
would survive rough terrain, then pitch possible production to a group 
of professionals who emulated the role of a manufacturing firm.

More than 100 teams participated in the competition, including several other Big 12 schools and even some international teams. Baylor's 
car passed all technical, safety and design inspections and was very competitive against teams that have been involved in Baja SAE for years. The BU car also finished in the top 25% in two of the five events - pretty impressive for an inaugural outing!

An Update From Dr. Kelley
Dr. Kelley

Well, I went from the largest office in the building with a bank of windows to the smallest office with no window...and I've hardly noticed the difference. I was expecting, or at least hoping, the pace would slow down, but it's actually picked up a bit. I'm teaching the freshman engineering class and the senior biomaterials class, both for the first time in quite a while...so I'm having to work hard to come up to speed quickly. I am having a blast and I absolutely adore being among the students - they are just so smart!

I'm also directing our general engineering program, which is our legacy, and the dean and faulty are suggesting changes I believe will make it even more of an asset. I'm looking forward to helping the program grow and blossom into another of ECS's hallmarks.

New Faces

G. Michael Poor
Associate Professor / Computer Science

Dr. G Michael PoorG. Michael Poor, PhD, arrived at Baylor in the fall of 2012 as a member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science. His research interests focus on human-computer interaction, and the discipline concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use.

After finishing his PhD at Tufts University, Dr. Poor spent four years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University. He became interested in Baylor "because of the incredible academic reputation and the scholarly opportunities that 
the school provides."

He went on to say, "Once I had visited the University and met the fantastic people in the School of Engineering and, more specifically, the Computer Science department, I knew that this place was for me."

Dr. Poor and his wife, Lauren, also a Baylor faculty member, enjoy outdoor activities, "especially if it is an activity that involves tiring out our incredibly active dog, Dunkin."

Mack Grady
Professor / Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Mack GradyMack Grady, PhD, joined the Baylor faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the fall of 2012. Dr. Grady's research interests are electric power and renewable energy. Before joining Baylor, Dr. Grady was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Texas-Austin, since 1983, specializing in electric power systems and renewable energy. In addition to his faculty position, Dr. Grady also works for the Department of Defense on power grid projects.

Of his arrival, Dr. Kwang Lee, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said Dr. Grady's arrival adds "significant strength to the department, school, and University's growing leadership position in the strategic area of power and energy."

Dr. Grady has consulted with many industrial firms and government agencies, including EPRI, DoD, and GE Wind Energy. Dr. Grady is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions in the analysis and control of power system harmonics and power quality, and has been active in IEEE serving as chairman of the Transmission and Distribution Committee, Working Group on Power System Harmonics, and General Systems Committee.

"The opportunity to help build up the ECE program here at Baylor, especially the graduate program" appealed to him. "Baylor faculty, students and campus are a very good fit for me," he said. Dr. Grady is married and has three grown children.