Dr. Bobby B. Lyle has excelled as an engineer, corporate executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, professor and academic administrator during his distinguished and multifaceted career. He has served as an SMU trustee for 20 years and is a member of the Executive Board of the Lyle School of Engineering.
The founder of Lyco Energy Corporation in 1981, Lyle has been a leader in the petroleum and natural gas industry for more than 25 years, exploring throughout the United States. In 2005, he established Lyco Holdings Inc., a private investment firm. During his professional career, Lyle also has helped found a number of private companies and joint ventures and was instrumental in the development of the Dallas Galleria and the InterFirst Bank-Galleria.
Lyle graduated from Louisiana Tech University, received a graduate degree in Engineering Administration from SMU and earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served as a professor and administrator in what is now the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, ultimately serving as dean ad interim and as executive dean.
In addition to the Lyle School Engineering Executive Board, Lyle serves on the Executive Board of the Cox School and as a trustee of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man in SMU's Dedman College. He is vice chair of the Maguire Energy Institute in the Cox School and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He is co-founder and current chair of the Associate Board in the Cox School and serves on the board of SMU's Hart Global Leaders Forum. He received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995 and in 2006 was named to the Lyle School of Engineering Hall of Leaders. Lyle is convening co-chair of the Engineering Steering Committee for The Second Century Campaign.
His civic activities have included leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America, National and Dallas-Fort Worth Advisory Boards of the Salvation Army, Texas Trees Foundation and many others.
On October 17, 2008, the SMU community celebrated the naming of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and the unveiling of its new strategic plan. The Lyle School will build on its strong history of preparing graduates for success in areas such as technology, industry and public service. As the University enters its second century, the Lyle School will educate engineers to be leaders and creative thinkers, prepared to take on the most profound challenges confronting society and our planet.