Dr. Dennis O'Neal Retiring as Dean in the summer of 2022

January 21, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier today our longtime colleague Dennis O’Neal, Ph.D., announced to the faculty and staff of Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science his intention to retire as dean in the summer of 2022.

As we take the measure of Dean O’Neal’s impact on the School over the years, we celebrate his decision to enter retirement as one of Baylor’s many successful academic leaders. During a long career marked by remarkable achievement and service and what will be a tenure of 10 years as dean when he retires, Dr. O’Neal has brought distinction and increased visibility both to the School of Engineering and Computer Science and Baylor University.

A distinguished scholar of mechanical engineering and a community-building leader, Dr. O’Neal has played a pivotal role in growing the School of Engineering and Computer Science following his appointment as dean in August 2012. He has hired roughly half of the faculty members currently teaching in the School, and student enrollment and research activities have flourished as a result of his leadership across the School’s three departments of mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science. Of particular significance was the creation of Ph.D. programs in mechanical engineering and computer science under his guidance.

I anticipate establishing a search committee for Dr. O’Neal’s successor as dean this spring, and I am grateful to him for graciously agreeing to continue in his role until a new dean is in place.

I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Dean O’Neal these past two years since returning to Baylor, and I know that we will all miss his collegiality and important contributions to Baylor’s mission when he departs from our faculty. He will always, of course, be a member of the Baylor Family.


Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.

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