Mark Fontenot is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering. He teaches classes focusing on software development, software engineering, and database systems. Previously, he was Founding Faculty-in-Residence of Loyd Residentail Commons, and he served as Director of First Year Engineering Design in the Lyle School. His research interests are in 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, Professor Fontenot 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 the inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Teaching Award (2013), SMU "M" Award (2015), the Rotunda Professor of the Year Award (2012), the H.O.P.E Professor of the Year Award (2008), and Outstanding Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Award (2006-2014, 2016).