2015 New Faces - Faculty
Matthew Fendt, PhD
Dr. Fendt arrived at Baylor in the fall of 2014 after receiving his PhD from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He was attracted to Baylor because of its commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. Dr. Fendt’s research interests focus on studying player behavior in game environments and creating interactive digital worlds. He has been tasked with expanding the gaming concentration in the Department of Computer Science and teaches classes on gaming platform frameworks and operating systems.
After graduating from Baylor in 2008 with a master’s in Mechanical Engineering, Greer worked with former Baylor Distinguished Professor, Walter Bradley, at the composite company Dr. Bradley started based on his research at Baylor. Stanton has taught as an adjunct professor with Baylor since 2013 and joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering full time as a lecturer in the fall. His favorite part of being a part of the faculty in ECS is both training engineers and mentoring students.
Jill Klentzman, PhD
Dr. Klentzman came to Baylor from the University of Arizona where she was working on a post-doctoral research project on fluid dynamics. As a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Klentzman is enjoying teaching with a Christian perspective. Dr. Klentzman’s research interests focus on fluid dynamics and flow instabilities. In her free time, Dr. Klentzman enjoys trying international food, hiking and playing the piano.
Joseph Kuehl, PhD
Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Kuehl worked as an assistant research scientist for Texas A&M University, splitting his time between developing numerical codes to study hypersonic boundary-layer stability and transition, and studying ocean physics with an emphasis on the fate and transport of oil spills. He was drawn to Baylor’s community and the emerging research opportunities that exist at the University. Dr. Kuehl holds a PhD in both Mechanical Engineering and Physical Oceanography and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children when not teaching or doing research.
David Lin, PhD
Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Lin joined Baylor’s Department of Computer Science after working at the University of Memphis as an Associate Professor in Computer Science. As the Department of Computer Science plans to add a PhD program, his interest in joining the Baylor faculty grew. “The chance to help grow a new program is an exciting opportunity for me,” Dr. Lin said. “In addition, I’m looking forward to [adding] some interdisciplinary research to my current research projects.” When he is not teaching or working on Big Data research, Dr. Lin enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and playing computer games.
Jonathan H. Rylander, PhD
Dr. Rylander earned his master’s and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Before arriving at Baylor, his work focused on studying and improving walking stability in Wounded Warriors with amputations at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The expansion of the Mechanical Engineering program with its first PhD candidate and new lab space at the BRIC were major draws for Dr. Rylander. He is married and has a two-year-old son. Together, they love to fish, bike, and catch grasshoppers in their backyard.