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Dr. David Bayless will return to Missouri S&T on Jan. 1, 2021, as the new chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering. A 1987 S&T mechanical engineering graduate, Bayless is the graduate chair of mechanical engineering and Gerald Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
“Dr. Bayless is a dynamic leader with strong ties to Rolla,” says Dr. Richard Wlezien, vice provost and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “His research in energy and waste management will benefit not only S&T, but also our world. We are excited to welcome him back to Rolla.”
An expert in the connections among energy, water and waste, Bayless’ research focuses on carbon recycling and wastewater remediation, enhancing hydrocarbon recovery from hydraulically fractured (fracked) shale formations, and developing photobioreactors to grow algae for commercial use. He has been principal investigator in more than $17 million in externally funded research. Bayless holds 13 patents.
Bayless earned a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Central Florida near Orlando and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more.