School of Engineering and Computer Science Timeline

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1973
January 1, 1973
BU Hires First Computer Science Faculty Member, Dr. Donald Gaitros
1976
May 30, 1976
First Computer Science Student Graduates from Baylor
1979
January 1, 1979
BU Hires Dr. James Bargainer as director of the Institute of Engineering Science in the College of Arts and Sciences
1980
January 1, 1980
Department of Engineering and Computer Science Created
1982
April 1, 1982
Baylor Student Team Wins National Contest Sponsored by Association for Computing Machinery
1986
January 1, 1986
Computer Science Program Gains Accreditation by the Computer Science Accreditation Board; One of the First 50 Accredited in the Nation
1987
April 30, 1987
Administration Announces Building's Groundbreaking Date
May 8, 1987
Rogers Building Groundbreaking
1988
January 1, 1988
Department of ECS Moves to Robert M. and Louise Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building
January 1, 1988
Engineering Program Gains Accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology
1994
January 1, 1994
Board of Regents Approves Elevating Engineering and Computer Science from Department to School
1995
March 1, 1995
Poucher Named ACM Fellow
April 1, 1995
Engineering and Computer Science Prepares for Historic Name Change
May 1, 1995
BU Engineering Program Only One in Texas to Accomplish 100% Pass Rate on State Board's Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
June 1, 1995
Department of ECS Upgraded to School of ECS
June 1, 1995
Dr. James Bargainer Appointed First Dean of School of ECS
October 13, 1995
Dedication of School of Engineering and Computer Science
1996
September 13, 1996
BU Engineering School Ranked 14th
1997
September 15, 1997
BU seniors get 100 percent pass rate on engineering exam
1998
July 1, 1998
Dr. Benjamin Kelley Appointed Dean
September 1, 1998
Dr. James Farison Named Department of Engineering Chair
2000
September 1, 2000
Bioinformatics Degree One of First Offered in the World
2001
February 6, 2001
Overcrowding Spurs Expansion of Rogers Building
November 1, 2001
Cyber Missionary: Baylor professor spreads the technology gospel
2002
June 1, 2002
Volunteers Teach Children at Shelter to Use Computers
November 2, 2002
Computer Science Students Compete for Bragging Rights
November 7, 2002
Programmers Take 5th in Competition
December 2, 2002
New Provost Will Guide Baylor's Quest to Earn 'Tier One' Academic Standing
December 6, 2002
Class Puts Robots to Test
2003
January 17, 2003
Engineering and Computer Science Partners with Campus Living and Learning on First Residential Village
February 4, 2003
BU Class Looks at Columbia Mystery
March 1, 2003
North Village Plans Taking Shape
May 15, 2003
Groundbreaking set for North Village residential community
August 26, 2003
BU Programs Garner National Recognition
2004
February 27, 2004
Regents approve graduate programs in engineering
July 23, 2004
Regents reaffirm 10-year vision, approve new graduate programs
August 20, 2004
Baylor's engineering program highly rated in U.S. News 'Best Colleges' survey
October 25, 2004
Baylor student named among top five engineering seniors in the U.S.
2007
February 21, 2007
Computer Science Gaming Track added as Degree Program Option
March 1, 2007
Dr. Ian Gravagne, now associate professor of ECE, received the Rising Star Award for research in applying mathematics to distributed control networks, and for designs enabling automated user identification and data acquisition with exercise circuits.
March 22, 2007
Baylor engineering team to bring reliable electricity to Honduras town
September 28, 2007
Pretigious NSF grant awarded to Baylor to answer the question, "How do systems running on computer time relate to the physical world in real time?"
October 4, 2007
Baylor professor recognized as pioneer in neural networks
2008
January 15, 2008
No more needles: Baylor researcher creates new way to test blood-sugar level
February 22, 2008
Professors may develop new test for blood-sugar
June 1, 2008
Uplifting engineering: Senior project provides lift system for therapeutic riding center
September 15, 2008
Dr. Walter Bradley, distinguished professor of engineering, and his team create bio-diesel from coconuts.
December 9, 2008
Baylor researchers create car parts from coconuts
2009
April 30, 2009
Dr. Ken Van Treuren, professor of mechanical engineering, chosen to participate in Boeing's Welliver Faculty Fellowship program in Chicago along with eight other professors from across the nation.
May 1, 2009
Baylor ECS Dean receives grant to teach biomedical engineering in Hanoi
May 4, 2009
Engineers with a Mission expands to Global Appropriate Technology Ministries, an organization that serves as a non-profit engineering consulting agency for foreign mission projects around the world.
September 1, 2009
Engineers with a Mission aid Honduras, Rwanda
October 23, 2009
Local forces team up for $30M research park
October 24, 2009
Baylor leaders share plans for new research center
October 24, 2009
Center boosts BU's top-tier goal
2010
January 15, 2010
A symbolic shift from 20th-century manufacturing to 21st-century technology took place at Baylor with the announcement of plans to turn a long-shuttered manufacutring plant into a modern research collaborative.
February 12, 2010
Baylor Regents approve first Ph.D. in School of Engineering
February 16, 2010
Starr named 14th president
April 15, 2010
BU professor Marks nets honor for research in evolutionary informatics
April 20, 2010
Money flows in for research facility: Officials expect work to begin soon on high-tech BRIC
August 19, 2010
Baylor moves up in U.S. News Rankings - Engineering Nears Top 10
August 23, 2010
Regents approve funds for BRIC
November 12, 2010
Baylor engineering partner named a 2010 CNN Top Ten Hero
November 30, 2010
Concrete innovation to save money, energy
December 1, 2010
Baylor engineers research swarm patterns of insects to provide swarm intelligence for the nation's military
2011
February 3, 2011
BU engineering to partner with UMHB
April 29, 2011
Baylor mechanical engineering professor wins national educator award
2012
May 14, 2012
Dr. Dennis O'Neal named dean of Baylor University's School of Engineering and Computer Science
August 23, 2012
NASA rocket mission carrying Baylor student experiment scheduled for launch
2013
October 2, 2013
L-3 platform integration establishes endowed scholarship in Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science
2014
June 23, 2014
Baylor professor featured in National Geographic for work in extreme environments
August 15, 2014
Baylor's first mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate completes internship at renowned Sandia National Laboratories
2015
October 9, 2015
Halliburton partners with Baylor to increase college retention and graduation rates among engineering and computer science majors
2016
May 12, 2016
U.S. Army announces collaborative alliance with Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science
September 6, 2016
Baylor professor helps investigate 'large-scale mortality event' at National Marine Sanctuary
2018
February 7, 2018
Three Baylor students' dreams come true as finalists in the 2018 Disney Imagineering Competition
February 20, 2018
New start-up company markets Baylor engineering professor's innovative hippotherapy system
May 31, 2018
Humanitarian engineering students selected for inaugural Station1 fellowship
October 3, 2018
Baylor NSF CAREER award-winning researchers exemplify diverse range of disciplines
October 15, 2018
Baylor doctoral candidates in mechanical engineering win scholarships from Society of Plastics Engineers and Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition
November 9, 2018
Endowed scholarship fund established to polymer and materials in honor of Dr. Walter Bradley
2019
October 3, 2019
Prototype smartphone app can help parents detect early signs of eye disorders in children, study finds
October 9, 2019
Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science awarded $1 million NSF grant to support high-achieving students with demonstrated financial need
November 11, 2019
Baylor University announces funding of biological/biomedical engineering chair
2020
June 10, 2020
Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science offers degree in Data Science
June 25, 2020
Baylor faculty earn four NSF CAREER development awards
August 21, 2020
Baylor professors receive grant to study simulated hippotherapy treatment for children with autism
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