Department Head

tom royston

Thomas J. Royston, PhD, professor and head of UIC’s Department of Bioengineering, earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University in 1995. He has been a faculty member at UIC since 1995, with appointments in bioengineering and mechanical engineering.

Dr. Royston’s NIH- and NSF-supported research in mechanical wave motion in porous and nonporous viscoelastic materials and acoustics applied to medical diagnostics and therapy has been widely recognized, including with the NIH NIBIB Nagy Award in 2014 and the Acoustical Society of America Lindsay Award in 2002. Dr. Royston is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has served as associate editor for journals of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a founding member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s Magnetic Resonance Elastography Guidelines Committee. He also serves as treasurer of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Council of Chairs.

Dr. Royston began his tenure as head of UIC Bioengineering in 2009, overseeing its expansion in 2011 to reside in both the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine. Under his leadership, the department core faculty has nearly doubled to 27, and enrollment in the bachelor of science program in bioengineering has nearly doubled to 330. The department is launching an undergraduate program in bioinformatics in partnership with computer science. New international dual-degree and exchange programs at the master of science level have been established with top institutions in Italy and India, and other programs of this nature are in development. The PhD programs in bioengineering and bioinformatics continue to grow with a combined enrollment of 100.