Board of Advocates

Recognizing the school's need to establish strong ties with industrial and corporate constituents, the ECS Board of Advocates supports Baylor Engineering and Computer Science programs in order to produce superior graduates in a faith-based, educational environment and ensures the success of our students. Board members advise the school on the educational and recruitment needs of the industrial/corporate/government sector; provide guidance on how concerns can be addressed in the context of the School's and University's missions; and suggests courses of action.

The Board of Advocates convenes twice annually. In fulfilling its mission, the ECS Board of Advocates will:

  1. Recommend programs and activities for engineering and computer science related education;
  2. Counsel the school on matters pertaining to education, research, scholarship and service;
  3. Serve as an ambassador for and promote the school and the university;
  4. Assist with the recruitment and placement of students; and 
  5. Support the fundraising and advancement campaigns of the school.

Members of the ECS Board of Advocates hold high-level positions in corporate, industrial, research, government or educational institutions. Each member indicates their willingness and availability to voluntarily assist the school and the board to execute their missions. All members of the ECS Board of Advocates support the mission of the school and embrace its Christian character. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Fall 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
Location: TBD


Bill Mearse
President of the Board of Advocates
Retired, Accenture
Houston, Texas

Tom Ayers
SBM Offshore
Katy, Texas

Brian Bammel
Corporate Business Services IT Manager
The Woodlands, Texas

Jay D. Battershell
CEO and President
McLane Intelligent Solutions
Temple, Texas

Jim Becker
Vice President, Polymers
The Woodlands, Texas

Mark Biegler
Chief Engineer, Drilling and Subsurface
The Woodlands, Texas

Mark Cannata
Director of Sales and Marketing
IPG Photonics
Dallas, Texas

Kenneth Carlile
The Carlile Companies
Marshall, Texas

Nicole Carpenter
President, Business Development
Weatherford International
Houston, Texas

Beth Casteel
Assistant Treasurer
Irving, Texas

Joseph Cestari
Trinity Inspiration Management, LLC
Round Rock, Texas

Jeff Church
Engineering Fellow
L-3 Technologies, Aerospace Systems
Waco, Texas

Brad Crawford
Crawford Services
Dallas, Texas

Lauren Dreyer
Director of Human Resources and Business Operations
McGregor, Texas

Arthur Fichtner
Aerospace Consultant
The Highland Group
Dallas, Texas

Romelia Flores
IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor
IBM Global Solution Center
Coppell, Texas

Kim Mackenroth
Vice President and CIO
Dallas, Texas

Ryan Malone
Projects General Manager
BP Upstream
Katy, Texas

Hector Martinez
Chief Strategy and Process Officer
Pariveda Solutions
Dallas, Texas

Mark McCollum
CEO and President
Houston, Texas

Don McErlean
Senior Engineer
Aerospace Consulting
McGregor, Texas

Kellar Nevill
Principal - Tax and Operate
Ernst & Young
Roanoke, Texas

Craig Nickell
The Marco Company
Fort Worth, Texas

Todd Patterson
Founding Partner
Patterson + Sheridan, LLP
Houston, Texas

Harold Rafuse
Retired USAF Officer
President and CEO
Phantom Aerospace
Crawford, Texas

Don Roberts
LM Fellow
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Fort Worth, Texas

Shawn Sedate
Vice President
Pariveda Solutions
Farmer's Branch, Texas

Emile Sevadjian
Technology Manager
Carrollton, Texas

Stephen W. Smith
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
Trinity Industries
Dallas, Texas

Andy Spencer
Engedi Group
Austin, Texas

Greg St. Denis
Houston, Texas

Dean Swisher
Dallas, Texas

Rick Tullis
Capstone Mechanical
Waco, Texas

Trent Voigt
Payment Experts, LLC
Van Alstyne, Texas

Jim D. Wiethorn
Chairman of the Board, Principal Engineer
HAAG Engineering Co.
Sugar Land, Texas

More Information

For more information or to be considered for a position on the Board of Advocates, contact Jill Anderson at 254.710.6826 or via email.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

School of Engineering
& Computer Science
One Bear Place #97356
Waco, TX 76798-7356
(254) 710-3871