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Baylor School of ECS Welcomes New Chair of Mechanical Engineering Department
July 25, 2018
WACO, Texas (July 30, 2018) – Paul I. Ro, Ph.D., Associate Department Head and Director of Graduate Programs of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science. He will replace Kenneth Van Treuren, D.Phil., Interim Chair of Mechanical Engineering.

“Dr. Ro brings a wealth of experience to the department having been on faculty in the mechanical engineering department at North Carolina State University for 29 years,” said Dennis O’Neal, Ph.D., dean of the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Over the past six years, he has served as the Associate Department Head and has run the departmental graduate program, which has nearly 400 students. Dr. Ro has had an active research program over his career and shares our vision of building a Christian research university.”

Ro earned his M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at North Carolina State University immediately following his Ph.D. work and moved up the ranks to attain his current position. He comes to Baylor excited about unpacking what God has in store for him.

“Baylor has much to offer to a Christian academic like myself with its unique vision for academic excellence while promoting unabashed Christian identity,” said Ro. “I heartily embrace all tenets of Pro Futuris and believe that as chair of the Mechanical Engineering department I can make a substantive impact toward implementing the vision within the department and beyond. The Baylor position affords me a rare convergence of my professional experience and the spiritual training God has gracefully granted me through the years.”

Ro has published over 110 papers and proceedings on topics such as, robot dynamics and control, vehicle steering control, semi-automatic suspension control, electronic cooling, object motion control, wind turbine blade control, separated tip pitch control of large turbine blades, and ocean compressed air energy storage systems. Ro’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Coastal Studies Institute of North Carolina, and through various research centers at North Carolina State University.

“The faculty and I are excited to have Dr. Ro join our team and we look forward to the department thriving under his leadership,” said O’Neal.

Dr. Van Treuren will continue to serve as the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


With more than 10 percent of Baylor University’s freshman class pursuing major courses of study in the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), the focus remains on preparing graduates for professional practice and responsible leadership with a Christian world view. ECS majors include bioinformatics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, general engineering and mechanical engineering. Among ECS graduate programs are Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in all disciplines, and several dual-degree programs. The Teal Residential College for Engineering and Computer Science, in which students and faculty live, fosters the pursuit of wisdom, academic excellence, and meaningful relationships for the development of diverse, innovative leaders.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
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