Staff and Fellows


Robert Marks, Director. In addition to directing the Bradley Center, Dr. Robert Marks  is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University, and formerly a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. He is an expert in the area of computational intelligence and neural networks. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America. He was Charter President of the IEEE Neural Networks Council and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. He has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 400 publications, including over 160 journal articles and books published by Oxford University Press and MIT Press. He is coauthor of the book Neural Smithing describing the training of artificial neural networks. He is also the co-editor of two influential books on computational intelligence: Computational Intelligence: Imitating Life (IEEE Press) , and Computational Intelligence: A Dynamic Systems Perspective (IEEE Press). Explore his full cv.

Adam Nieri, Program Assistant.


Distinguished Fellows

Walter Bradley is a distinguished engineer and materials scientist whose academic career has spanned professorships at Baylor University, Texas A&M, and Colorado School of Mines. At Texas A&M, he served as Director of the Polymer Technology Center and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. At Baylor University, he served as a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Author of more than 150 refereed journal articles and conference papers, Dr. Bradley helped sparked a revolution in scientific thinking with the 1984 book he co-authored, The Mystery of Life’s Origin: Reassessing Current Theories. For more about the life and legacy of Walter Bradley, read “Walter Bradley: Why He Is a Hero.”

William Dembski is a mathematician, philosopher, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Dr. Dembski joined Discovery Institute’s Board of Directors in 2018. He is the author/editor of more than 20 books as well as the writer of peer-reviewed articles spanning mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and theology. A past philosophy professor, he retired in 2014 from active research and teaching in intelligent design (ID) to focus on the connections between freedom, technology, and education—specifically, how education helps to advance human freedom with the aid of technology. He is presently an entrepreneur who builds educational software and websites.

Senior Fellows

Michael Egnor, MD, is a tenured research professor of neurosurgery at Stony Brook University. He majored in biochemistry at Columbia College, and attended medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained in neurosurgery at the University of Miami, and joined the neurosurgical faculty at Stony Brook in 1991. He has been director of pediatric neurosurgery for two decades and is currently director of neurosurgery research and education at Stony Brook Medical Center and is active in teaching and research at Stony Brook medical school. His research entails investigation of pulsatile cerebral blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid dynamics in hydrocephalus, head trauma and stroke. He has published and lectured extensively in North America and Europe on his scientific research and on the philosophical foundations of neuroscience.

Jay W. Richards, PhD, OP, is a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute; Assistant Research Professor in the Busch School of Business at Catholic University of America; and Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of a dozen books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012). He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and editor and contributor of Are We Spiritual Machines? Ray Kurzweil Vs. the Critics of Strong AI. His newest book is The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in the Age of Smart Machines.

Associate Fellows

Jonathan Bartlett is the Director of Technology at New Medio, where he focuses on technology strategy and implementation for several global organizations.  He also offers his time as the Director of The Blyth Institute, focusing on the interplay between mathematics, philosophy, engineering, and science.  Jonathan is the author of several textbooks and edited volumes which have been used by universities as diverse as Princeton and DeVry.

Winston Ewert is a software engineer and intelligent design researcher. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Trinity Western University, a Master’s Degree from Baylor University in Computer Science, and a PhD from Baylor University in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His specializes in computer simulations of evolution, specified complexity, information theory, and the common design of genomes. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Biologic Institute, a Senior Researcher at the Evolutionary Informatics Lab, and a Fellow of the Bradley Center.

Eric Holloway has a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Baylor University. He is a current Captain in the United States Air Force where he served in the US and Afghanistan He is the co-editor of the book Naturalism and Its Alternatives in Scientific Methodologies. Dr. Holloway is an Associate Fellow of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.