New Faces

Jordan R. Raney, PhD

Assistant Professor / Mechanical Engineering

Jordan RaneyJordan Raney, PhD, joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Baylor in the fall of 2013. He most recently worked at the Pentagon and completed his terminal degree at Caltech in 2012.

One (of several) things that attracted Dr. Raney to the University was "Baylor's long-term vision and the resources it was investing toward achieving it (e.g. the BRIC)." Dr. Raney's research interests include synthesis and mechanics of nanostructures, assembly of nanostructures into bulk materials, structural hierarchy and mechanics of heterogeneous materials.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Raney has a very busy life as he is father to three children under the age of four. In his free time he enjoys literature, poetry and philosophy.

Douglas E. Smith, PhD

Associate Professor / Mechanical Engineering

Douglas SmithDouglas E. Smith, PhD, joined the faculty at Baylor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the fall of 2013. He was previously a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he performed research in computer methods in design and analysis mostly applied to composites and biomechanics while also

When asked what attracted him to Baylor, Dr. Smith said, "Several things, most of which are at the heart of ProFuturis. I like the Christian focus at Baylor and the goal of developing future engineers who possess the same. The new PhD degree in mechanical engineering offers so much and I am glad to be in on the ground floor of this expansion and to help make this program grow."

When not at work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include camping, boating and fishing.

Keith E. Schubert, PhD

Associate Professor / Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keith SchubertKeith E. Schubert, PhD, joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in fall 2012. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, he taught for 11 years at California State University-San Bernadino where he established the engineering and bioinformatics programs. Dr. Schubert also pastored a small Baptist church in Redlands, California, during that time.

"What initially attracted me was Baylor's Christian commitment," said Dr. Schubert. "Baylor has a unique position in academia —a university where teaching and research are valued as ways to exalt and serve God. The best part of Baylor, though, has to be that I don't feel a tension between loving God, teaching and doing research."

When not in the classroom, Dr. Schubert spends time with his wife, Kym, and their four children. They enjoy being involved in church, participating in outdoor activities, scouting, celebrating holiday festivities, and spending time together as a family.

Scott Koziol, PhD

Assistant Professor / Electrical and Computer Engineering

Scott KoziolScott Koziol completed a PhD with a major in robotics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to arriving at Baylor.

At Georgia Tech, he was a member of the Integrated Computational Electronics Lab where he designed, fabricated and used reconfigurable analog integrated circuits. As part of that lab, Dr. Koziol worked to apply these novel circuits to computation problems in robotics. Prior to his studies at Georgia Tech, he worked as a senior research engineer on a missile system avionics team for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When asked what attracted Dr. Koziol to Baylor, he said, "I am attracted by the university's mission statement. These aren't just buzzwords on a page, and I really see academic excellence, Christian commitment, and caring community being carried out daily in Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science."

When not in the classroom, Dr. Koziol has enjoyed getting to know Waco, Austin and Dallas. He enjoys backpacking in national parks, participating in triathlons and hopes to utilize the running and mountain biking trails at Cameron Park.