Mark Fontenot

Professor Mark Fontenot
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX  75205  

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, his M.S. in computer science from Southern Methodist University, and his Ph D. in Applied Science from Southern Methodist University.

“The Hart Center for Engineering Leadership provides invaluable resources and experiences for students in the Lyle School. I’ve had the good fortune to work closely with the Hart Center directors over the past several years and am so thankful that our students have access to such dedicated levels of expertise in leadership and career development. They are always open to joining forces to bring leadership development into some of the courses I teach, and they are both willing thought partners when thinking of new ways to engage students on multiple fronts.”

~Mark Fontenot, SMU-Lyle Faculty Leadership Fellow