Mark Fontenot is a clinical professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering. Professor Fontenot is a founding faculty-in-residence of Loyd Residential Commons at SMU. He teaches classes in programming, software development, and database systems and oversees the multidisciplinary senior capstone experience. His research interests are in the area of engineering education, focusing on the measurement of individual innovative behavior and fostering the creative and innovative capacity of undergraduate engineering and computer science students. In addition to teaching and research, he is an academic adviser to computer science majors and serves on various committees throughout the university. Professor Fontenot has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards at SMU including: Peruna Professor of the Year (2014), Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award (inaugural recipient in 2013), Rotunda Professor of the Year Award (2012), H.O.P.E Professor of the Year Award (2008), and Outstanding Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Award (2006-2014).
Fontenot received his B.S. in computer science from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and his M.S. in computer science from Southern Methodist University.