Stephen A. Szygenda
Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering 2016
Stephen A. Szygenda held four titles in the Lyle School of Engineering: Dean, Cecil H. Green Chair of Engineering, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor of Engineering Management, Information and Systems. He joined SMU in 2000 as Dean of the School Engineering and held that position until 2004, when he assumed the Green Chair. As dean he implemented significant programs, including two new departments, an executive master's degree program, Industry Scholars program, gender parity program and Institute for Engineering Education. He previously served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The University of Texas-Austin. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. During his academic career, Professor Szygenda graduated more than 100 M.S. and 45 Ph.D. students, acquired extensive government and industry research funding, received numerous awards and published over 150 papers. He served as president of several industrial organizations. With more than 45 years of experience, Professor Szygenda is a pioneer in areas of academic strategic planning, technology transfer, business management, entrepreneurship, computer-aided design, fault-tolerant and disaster-tolerant computing and communications, and economic development. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Engineering.