About David Bayless


  • University of Illinois UC, Doctor of Philosophy, 1995

David Bayless

Mechanical & Aerospace Engin
194I Toomey Hall

573-341-4002 | dbayless@mst.edu


  • University of Illinois UC, Doctor of Philosophy, 1995


Dr. Bayless is the Chair and a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri S&T. Previously, he was the Gerald Loehr Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio University where he was the Director of the Center for Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization (an Ohio Third Frontier Wright Project) and the Technical Administrator for the State of Ohio’s Coal research Consortium. His work focuses on energy conversion and environmental technology creation. He has been principal investigator for over $22 million in externally funded research, holds several patents and over 60 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of pollution control and energy conversions. Dr. Bayless formerly worked for American Electric Power and was an officer in the United States Navy. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri and Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was the recipient of the 2016 Ohio Society of Professional Engineer’s Outstanding Engineering Educator for the State of Ohio. He is actively engaged in teaching and developing leadership skills for engineers and was the founding Chair of the Engineering Leadership Development Division (LEAD) of the American Society of Engineering Education. Dr. Bayless received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from S&T (then UMR) in 1987.


Expertise areas

Bioreactor design, engineered algal systems for carbon recycling, wastewater recycling, electrochemical conversion of fuels, bioreactor systems for space applications

Awards and recognition