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Mr. Brian Thomas

Senior Lecturer and Faculty Master, Teal Residential College

BS, Stephen F. Austin State University (1989)
MSEE, University of Houston (1992)

Academic Specialization: Humanitarian Engineering

Brian Thomas is the lead faculty member of the new Humanitarian Engineering concentration at Baylor. He teaches two central classes in that program, Ethics for International Service, and Technologies for Developing Countries. Since 2005, Brian has led many student teams to Kenya, Honduras, and Haiti to implement discipline-specific service-learning trips. These projects typically deal with small-scale renewable energy systems such as solar, wind, hydro, and biogas generators, and are implemented in partnerships with Christian NGOs involved in combatting poverty.

He is also the faculty sponsor of a popular student organization at Baylor called Engineers with a Mission, and is the director of the Justice and Mercy Engineering Society (JAMES) which is a program that operates under the non-profit umbrella of Mission Waco / Mission World.

  • 1301 - Introduction to Engineering
  • 2330 - Electric Circuit Analysis
  • 3302 - Technologies for Developing Countries
  • 3380 - Engineering Design I (Junior Design)
  • 3315 - Ethics for International Service
Research Interests (No graduate opportunities available):
  • Humanitarian Engineering
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • International Development
  • Small-Scale Renewable Energy Systems
  • Electric Microgrids
Teaching Awards:
  • Baylor Fellow, 2013-2014, recognition for teaching
  • Richard Couey Award, 2014, given by Phi Kappa Chi fraternity for reflection its core values: commitment to Christ, excellence, humility, integrity, and respect
  • Outstanding Faculty Partner Award, Division of Student Life, 2013, for leading international service-learning trips with students from 2005-2013
  • Twice awarded Faculty Advisor of the Year (2012-2013 and 2013-2014) among student organizations at Baylor for being the faculty advisor of the organization Engineers with a Mission
  • As the faculty advisor, I shared the Student Organization of the Year Award, 2012-2013, with the officers and members of Engineers with a Mission
  • Outstanding Professor among Baylor University Lecturers and Non-tenure Track Faculty, 2006-2007 for teaching
  • Twice voted Distinguished Professor by Baylor Society of Women Engineers student chapter for dedication to students, academic years 2002/2003 and 2003/2004