New Faces, Fall 2020
Dr. Pablo Rivas
Dr. Pablo Rivas joins the Baylor family as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He moved to Waco from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science for five years. Rivas worked in the industry for a decade as a software engineer before becoming an academic. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Associate for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Service Integration and Management (SIAM). He was formerly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and at Baylor University performing post-doctoral research and teaching.
Rivas is a deep learning evangelist, machine learning academic, and is a proponent of the democratization of machine learning and artificial intelligence in general. His research and teaching is on machine learning, including deep learning, theory and algorithms, and the societal implications of artificial intelligence. He obtained his PhD from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2011.
Rivas and his wife, Nancy, are passionate about local missions, music, and travel; they look forward to starting a family in Waco.
Dr. Sharon Moore
Dr. Sharon Moore is the Online Masters in Computer Science Program Director for the Department of Computer Science. She previously worked as a researcher in data science at Baylor University, where she modeled alcoholism and it’s impacts on the body.
Before coming to Baylor University, she served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Wofford College and at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.
Moore earned her doctoral degree from North Carolina State University and her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. Her research interests are in data science, mathematical modeling, and hybrid symbolic-numeric computation. Moore is excited to be working at her alma mater.
She and her husband, David, have two boys, Michael, 3, and Lucas, 1.
Mr. Shaun Hutton joined Baylor University after a 13-year career at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). While at JHU/APL, his career spanned a diverse set of projects including the areas of cyber resilience, cyber risk analysis, network situational awareness, network architectures, and end-to-end systems engineering. Most recently, Hutton was acting Chief Engineer of a cybersecurity group at JHU/APL, where he was responsible for overseeing the technical quality and direction of cybersecurity projects.
Hutton earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Baylor University in 2005 and his master’s degree in computer science from The University of Virginia in 2007. In addition to his academic background, Hutton received numerous industry certifications ranging from cybersecurity architecture, cyber risk, penetration testing, cyber incident response, and forensics. Hutton also earned a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 2015.
Hutton left a successful career in industry to come to Baylor University because he is passionate about training the future generation of critical thinkers and leaders in the cybersecurity industry. He is delighted to be able return to his alma mater to contribute to fulfilling the university’s mission to “educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.”
Mary Lauren Benton
Dr. Mary Lauren Benton joined the Baylor Engineering and Computer Science faculty as an assistant professor of bioinformatics. Prior to Baylor, she completed her MS and PhD in biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University in the lab of Dr. Tony Capra.
Benton’s research focuses on the application of computer science methodologies to interpret how DNA sequences alter genome function and impact human disease risk. Her current interests include the development of new approaches that integrate diverse datasets and advance our understanding of gene regulation.
In addition to her research and teaching, Benton enjoys reading mysteries and science fiction, exploring new cities and swing dancing.
Dr. Trevor Fleck joined the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science faculty as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He comes to Baylor from Purdue University, where he received his BSME, MSME, and PhD in 2015, 2017 and 2020 respectively. Prior to joining Baylor, Fleck also worked for Next Offset Solutions, a startup company based on additive manufacturing technology developed at Purdue University.
Fleck focuses his research efforts on the advancement of additive manufacturing technology, specializing in novel functional materials as well as developing material-process-function relationships. He seeks to further investigate the issues of interlayer continuity, as well as porosity, that are significantly limiting the use of additive manufacturing in industry. Fleck seeks to pair Baylor’s well-developed nondestructive testing (NDT) capabilities with additive manufacturing to improve component reliability.
Fleck is passionate about working alongside students, both in a research context as well as in the classroom. In addition to this, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Valarie, who is expecting their first child in December 2020.
Mr. Adam Weaver brings 15 years of industry experience to the Baylor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He served as active duty in the Air Force as an engineer for over eight years, specializing in test and evaluation of avionics, guidance/navigation and space systems. After his time in the military, he worked as a propulsion test and integration engineer with Space Exploration Technologies as well as multiple positions with L3Harris Technologies.
At L3Harris, Weaver served in test and integration roles supporting Department of Defense special aircraft systems, as well as serving as a system security engineer where he developed and implemented cybersecurity solutions for a variety of Air Force aircraft, ground support and training/simulation systems.
Weaver earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Baylor University in 2004 and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2009. He also holds the Certified Information System Security Professional certification with security architecture focus (CISSP-ISSAP®) from (ISC)2®.
Weaver and his wife Jessica are blessed with a three-year old daughter, Lana.
Dr. Vincent Leung, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, had over 16 years of industrial analog/radio frequency integrated circuits (RFIC) design experience. From 2008 to 2016 at Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, Leung held key design and lead positions for 3G/4G RF chips found in virtually all high-end smartphones at the time. He held 13 US patents.
Prior to joining Baylor in 2020, Leung was the Technical Director, Circuits Lab of Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego. He discovered his passion in applying cutting-edge circuit techniques to neurotechnology and biomedical applications. At Baylor, he and his team conduct IC research for state-of-the-art Internet of Things (IoT) and military communications, as well as for the emerging field of “wireless brain implants”.
Leung enjoys running. He, together with his wife, finished Baylor’s virtual Bearathon of 2020. He is extremely thankful and in awe that his professional career and his Christian mission could intersect beautifully at Baylor.