Christopher I. Byrnes, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis from 1991 to 2006 and the Edward H. and Florence G. Skinner Professor Emeritus of Systems Science and Mathematics. Byrnes joined the WUSTL faculty in 1989 as professor of systems and control and chair of the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics. He became the eighth dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science on July 15, 1991, succeeding James M. McKelvey, Ph.D. He once described the deanship as “the best job in St. Louis.” Under Byrnes’ leadership, the school’s endowment increased from $54 million to $185 million. Endowed professorships increased from nine to 37. His research found application in electrical power systems, signal processing and speech synthesis, among other areas. He held four U.S. patents and received more than $5 million in competitively awarded grants.
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