Baylor Professionals of Dallas present Dr. Dennis O'Neal

Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science
Event held June 9, 2022


Event Participants

Joining our panel to discuss the progress of Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science are:

Dr. Dennis O’Neal is dean of Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science, where he has served for a decade. He retired after 29 years at Texas A&M University, culminating as Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering. O’Neal also spent time working at Sandia National Laboratories and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. His research interests are HVAC systems, frost/ice formation, multiphase flows and heat transfer, and ventilation systems. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M.

Jay and Tara Battershell, of Flower Mound, Texas. Jay, BA ’83 (Computer Science), EMBA ’96, is a consulting services partner at iTeres Group. He has provided leadership, consulting and IT services to local and global businesses for over 30 years. Prior to iTeres, he held senior executive positions at McLane Intelligent Solutions, Clearview International, Accenture, LSG Sky Chefs and Uniden America. A longtime volunteer, Tara, BBA ’83, MBA ’84, has held leadership roles in children’s ministry, Students Standing Strong, Band Boosters, women’s ministry, and Bible Study Fellowship. Their sons are Travis, Garrett, BBA ’13, and Luke MSME candidate ’22. Luke is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering working in the Materials Testing and Characterization Core (MTACC) at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). Jay and Tara, who are members of the School of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board and National Campaign Steering Committee, established the Cyber Security Endowed Excellence Fund in 2017.

Dr. Vincent Leung, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Baylor University, is known for his work in wireless communication electronics. After a career with Qualcomm, which included designing microchips for several generations of the iPhone, Dr. Leung was recruited to Baylor ECS two years ago. His research includes wireless brain implants, as well as military/ IoT radio frequency circuits. Leung’s lab at the BRIC employs several students, many of them undergraduates. He earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and his master and bachelor degrees from McGill University in Canada.

Kimberly (Kim) Mackenroth, BBA ’91, is VP & CIO at Textron. She has over 20 years of executive managerial IT experience in the aviation industry including Textron subsidiaries Cessna, Greenlee and Bell Helicopter. She oversees Textron’s Information Management Council and manages Textron’s information technology supplier and outsourcing relationships. Mackenroth earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Kim is a member of the ECS Board of Advocates and regularly visits campus to speak with student organizations and recruit ECS students. She and husband, Danny Cessop, have two children: Morgan and MacKenzie.

Kyle Maw, BSME ’20, works in the Operations Leadership Development Program at Siemens in Grand Prairie, Texas. He chaired Baylor ASME and co-chaired the Baylor ECS Student Organization Council. Maw held internships as a manufacturing engineer with Solar Turbines in DeSoto and with Maker’s Edge Makerspace in Waco.


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